My husband, Dave, and I listen to Christian music ~ we wake up to it on our alarm clock ~ we listen in the car ~ on our ipods ~ in the kitchen ~ in the garage ~ heck, it’s on right now in my office here at Next Step. We find that it changes us, carries us, sustains us. It turns our day into a living prayer. Think about it, how can I be angry or upset at someone that flips me off for no reason while I’m driving, when on the radio I’m hearing Third Day singing a song about living my life for the Lord? Or when the pizza we were so looking forward to on New Years Eve was delivered by the owner of the restaurant personally because his driver had been involved in a car accident while on his way to our house, looked like a pizza that had been involved in a car accident, and The Newsboys are telling us to shine and make ’em wonder what we got? I’m telling ya, it’s impossible to get angry at trivial, fleeting, silly things like a finger or a messed up pizza when we are in such a good mood!
One song that we both really like is called Courageous and it is by the group Casting Crowns. This song is geared towards men and it challenges them to make a commitment to win the battle ~ from the battle of the heart to the battle of the hand. This song is about making a stand. It’s about ending the war within our minds. It’s about refusing to sin and to be courageous.
One afternoon as the song ended, I smiled at Dave and said ” You know they are talking about you, not me. You were made to be courageous ~ you’re the man. I can just be timid and quiet and shy.” He smiled right back at me and said “ya, right, as if!”
Dave’s right ~ and it doesn’t pain me at all to admit that. God has equipped us to speak on behalf of the unborn. He created and designed all of these children and they have a divine purpose ~ just as we all do. God knows us ~ inside and out ~ and He knows how we are most effective. For some of us, as with our nurses here at the clinic, He has given the gift of education and knowledge so that they may properly address the medical questions or concerns a patient has. For others, as with our volunteers that sort and fold the donated baby clothes, He as given the gift of organization. Still, for others, such as with our volunteer, Sheila, who isn’t available during office hours to work in the clinic, He has given the gift of time in the evening to work on mailings and other projects from her home. The one thing all of the people involved with Angelorum/Next Step Pregnancy Services have in common is compassion. Compassion to helping those in need. Compassion to saving the life of the baby. Compassion to truly care about the soul of the abortion minded mother. Compassion to speaking the truth out of love. Compassion to ending the atrocity of abortion.
God is calling you. He wants you to be courageous. He is urging you to take a stand. He is prompting you to make a commitment. Please listen, think, pray and respond.
Joy & Peace, Kathy