It only takes ONE person to shine the light. Be the light, be the voice of encouragement. Your contribution is the only part that matters the most, you are fulfilling divine purpose by actively doing your part.
At 13 years old, I lost my father through a car accident – our lives changed. My world changed. As a child, I was blindsided. My life as I knew it was never the same again. I was forced to grow up pretty quickly. I was thrust into a life I was not prepared for and I was alone in my thoughts.
Almost everyone from my father’s side of the family disappeared! Totally! We went from having numerous families’ visitation and yearly vacations to naught.
Here’s the game changer. Here is where your part matters. Here is how you can show up big-time for others, even just doing the minimum.
I had this one Uncle; we call him Dupe’s Dad – Mr. Abiona. He was the only relative from my Dad’s side of the family who visited us faithfully every year. . He might have visited us more than once, but faithfully he never missed visiting us around a festive holiday e.g. Easter / Christmas. He would always turn up with his family bearing gifts and spending quality time with us. He would ask about my schoolwork and grades, and made me promise him that by his next visit I would have improved even more. When leaving He would always give us money, as it was the custom. Writing this makes me teary even now. My Uncle is now deceased.
My uncle did his part. It may not have seemed much to him but to my mum and me, it was HUGE! And that’s what we all ought to do – OUR PART.
Don’t sit on the fence thinking little old me what can I do. Just do your part! Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17, NASB.
No one can do your part. Your part is all that matters. We all have the same 24 hours. Make every day count. Make a difference in someone’s life. Little is much when God’s in it.
Who has God been tugging on your heart to visit, call or text? Do it today. Tomorrow may be too late. When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back. Proverbs 19:17, GNT.
Years later, after I’d been through the school of hard knocks. I was living in London, working and fending for myself. One of my Uncle reached out to me – extending an olive branch. I was not in the mood. I’ve lost faith in the so-called “village”. Bitterness and unforgiveness had taken root in my heart. And I wasn’t prepared to step down from my sanctimonious throne. I enjoyed playing the victim and that story was working for me.
I rejected his hand of friendship. I was lacking in grace and wisdom. You see I’d tasted the dark side of life, learned how to depend on myself, and my heart was closed off. Little girls may have grown up but they become wounded, jaded and untrusting. Now by God’s grace I know better.
God has placed all the help we need around us. We just need to get our fingers out and do our part. It’s really that simple. Don’t complicate things. Just Do Your Part. Everyone can help someone, because everyone has something to offer.
May the Lord open your eyes, touch your heart and lead you to someone who desperately needs your time, love, listening ears, a shoulder to cry on, some words of encouragement or anything your can offer. Your anything is more than enough for someone. Do the minimum. Don’t’ over commit yourself. Be a ray of sunshine in someone’s nightmare. Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalm 82:3, AKJV.