I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. EPHESIANS 3:16-20
My daughter’s small group leader gave me a book earlier this summer. It’s called Kisses From Katie, and it’s the true story of a Tennessee teenager who left her affluent life to work with orphans in Uganda. In fact, she wound up adopting 13 orphan girls by the time she was 20!
The author’s name is Katie Davis. I have the same name, just spelled differently. This other Katie has completely captured my imagination with her genuine and focused heart-set. Here’s one my favorite quotes in her book:
“I’m not here to eliminate poverty, to eradicate disease, to put a stop to people abandoning babies. I’m just here to love.”
Mike Ashcraft has been reminding us that we lead and influence by the little things we do over and over again. This Katie has simply shown love when needs have been presented to her — over and over again. She has opened her home to countless sick and hungry children (and adults,) having no idea how her actions would be financed, or how she would ever have the capacity to keep up with the needs. But God has always stepped in and given her the means and the strength to keep going.
For example, on one cold, rainy night, Katie was leaving the local grocery store when she saw a little boy huddled on the street corner. All she wanted to do was go home and get out of the rain. But, she stopped, took the boy into the market to dry him off a bit, and bought him some biscuits and juice. She also gave him her sweatshirt, some pocket change and a small wooden cross she carried around in her pocket. They exchanged names as they both went into the night. A year later, she walked into the same market. The same little boy, Daniel, ran up to her shouting “Auntie Katie!” Grinning widely, he pulled out the wooden cross and said, “I have never stopped praying for you every day.”
God wants to bless us, too, right where we are. He desires to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Our job is to pay attention to the needs around us and ask Him to direct our words and actions. The Holy Spirit really will guide us, and we don’t have to be perfect or profound to make an impact.
We just have to show up and love.
- Think back to a time when someone did something small for you that you remember to this day.
- What small thing can you do from where you are now?
Dear Father in Heaven, help us get past the lie that we have to do “big” things to make a difference. You have already accomplished the biggest thing of all — sending Your Son to die for our sins so we can be forgiven and have a life with You forever. As we go through the normal course of our days, give us eyes to see the pain around us and the grit to do something, even a little something, about it. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.
PC3 writer Katy Davis wrote today’s devotional.