It is good to have resources at your disposal. I can remember talking with my dad several years ago about a Bible class he had to teach. After talking for a while, I told him I would send him a class I had prepared on the subject.
It turns out that he simply used the material I sent him. My parents were still attending the congregation I grew up in at the time. He received many compliments about the class. One of the people even asked him where he got his material.
My dad told me he simply said, “Some people buy their resources, I raised a resource.” He told them that I had come up with the class and the other guy was very impressed.
This past August, my family completed our 6th year with Eastgate. As you are aware, Jamie has some special needs. It thrills Monica and I to no end that she is doing so well at Harding.
A couple of weeks ago, though, she sent me a text message. In this text message I saw a glimpse of Jamie’s heart and her love for people that I had not seen in a very long time.
Here is what she said:
So I said to one of my friends on Gabriel’s account that I was praying for them because she had her jaw surgery and had some severe complications: like she stopped breathing. I also said I’d put her on our Bible class prayer list if she wanted me to. She was super nice and said she’d love it if I prayed and put her on the prayer list.
Someone else in the group chat got mad and offended by religion and told me to keep my faith to myself. I messaged them privately saying that I was sorry they were offended, but that my faith is what got me through so much, the reason I’m here today. They are cussing me out. I’m just going to block them and pray for them too. They need prayers that they will turn their life around.
As I read this, again, I saw a glimpse of Jamie’s tender heart for people. I saw a glimpse of her desire to share her faith with others. And I saw something else.
I saw that I had raised a resource as well. Thank you, Jamie, for showing me how to deal with difficult people. Thank you for reminding me that I need to pray for people, even if they don’t appreciate it.