Saturday, February 14, 2015

Time, Talents, and Treasures

Throughout my life, I have watched the shadows of chaos, hurt, despair and hopelessness encroach upon the lives of others. I listened to the world that surrounded these people, and quickly came to realize the shadows only grew, because there was no light to hold them back.

In the days when I worked with the homeless and those who had fallen on hard times, I quickly came to realize the shadows that engulfed their lives existed, because there was no light to hold them back.

I made the decision way back then that I would try to be a light in the world of another's darkness. I would do what I can without regard to the many sacrifices I would have to make.

I have received a lot of criticism for caring about these people. I have been appalled by some of the comments made about the efforts that I make to help others. "Why should I waste my time, talents, and treasure on people who don't appreciate it?" I may have been appalled, but I will never apologize for my efforts.

In all seriousness, I used to think there was something wrong with me, because I actually care about others. I began to hide my compassion when in certain company to preserve the relationship. I buried it deeper, and deeper, until I truly believed I had no compassion left at all. My heart had become a cold stone, just like theirs.

However, in the dark night when my phone rang, I still answered the pleas for mercy and compassion. At the time, I wasn't sure why I was still doing it. After all, it was my time, talent, and treasure that was at stake. I found myself confused by own actions. Then one day, I realized that I was still doing it, because it is who I am. It is what I do.

The seat of judgement is a very uncomfortable chair, because it is not my chair. I have a comfortable chair that I enjoy. I sit in it every day. It is the chair in which I have long conversations with young women who are trying to make their way in a world that has grown cold, distant, and unyielding. It is the chair in which I sit and share my light with others. It is the chair that was given to me before I was born. I have no need for the seat of judgement. I don't believe that any of us do.

I have been blessed with time - I could have died before my life ever began.

I have been blessed with talents - I have the intelligence and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

I have been blessed with treasure - I have resources beyond my imagination to make a difference in the lives of others.

I have been blessed so that I might be a blessing to others. We all have. I choose to be the light that holds back the darkness of the wilderness of others, even if it means sacrificing my time, talents, and treasures.