So, a few years ago at Eastport Bible Church, we held an Angry Birds Event to kick off all of our Fall Kids and Youth Ministries. It came complete with real live (kind of) angry birds and huge sling shots to launch them from.
I remember staying up pretty late the night before duct taping the Angry Birds to get their faces just right. It was a minor detail, but one that I had wanted to get right.
And I was so thankful when all of the work paid off and the event was a very fun success.
We invited lots of kids,
And families to join us for this event.
And in addition, Jeremy asked some of our Youth Group kids to dress up in colored Morph suits because it added an extra elements of fun. Amongst them, was our amazing friend Michael. Michael was always ready and willing to do whatever he could to help out. Even if it meant putting on a head to toe blue spandex outfit, just for the fun of it.
You’ve got to love a kid like that, right?
At the end of this event, like so many others, Jeremy had the chance to share a short devotion and to encourage the kids and families in our community. And it got me thinking about how important it is to be willing to do somewhat crazy things, especially if it comes to make a difference in someone’s life. Michael and our other students being willing to dress up and bring a cool element to our Angry Birds event made it extra special. And it reminds me of this verse that I try to live by. It’s found in Ephesians 5:16 and it simply says, “Make the most of every opportunity.” I think the key in this is to be willing to do whatever God has for us.
In the Bible, I’ve realized that a common theme among the Bible characters that we know so well, was not their own personal greatness. Many of them were kind of average and some even kind of just terrible, to be honest. They had their own setbacks or failures. But God was able to still use them to do great things. And I think that when you look closer, you see that this was the case, because they finally became willing to be used by God. And when they came to that point, God took that willingness and worked great acts and miracles.
And tonight, it’s made me think. What opportunities is God giving me to do great things for Him? And will my heart be ready and willing to make the most of every one of these?
We spent the past three days in Philly on a much needed family vacation. I’ll share a bit more about that later, but overall it was awesome and we had a fantastic time together. Today, on our way home, we stopped up to see Michael. It was so good to see him since we hadn’t since Saturday. When we got to the room, we were so surprised to see him moving his arms so much more than at our last visit. These things are exciting because it’s great to see him continuing to heal and get stronger.
He had a new haircut, compliments of the small surgery that he had yesterday. He didn’t open his eyes during our visit, but that’s okay. I just was thankful to be able to hold his hand and talk to him and do whatever I could to let him know how much he is loved and prayed for.
Afterwards, we stopped by the hospital cafeteria. Ellee is a huge fan of their soup. Our kids have been doing a great job coming up to the hospital with us. They aren’t allowed to see Michael but they are so good in the waiting room and for that I am very thankful. And so when we are able, we reward them with soup. Just kidding, but kind of. You can tell by her smile that it’s something that she loves to get. She’s also a huge fan of their crackers and thankfully they don’t seem to mind a cute little girl who takes a pile of them every time.
Wrapping up this post tonight, I just wanted to again share the encouragement to make the most of the opportunities that come up in your life. Every day, there are times for sharing love and encouragement to those around you. It can be as simple as a smile or as meaningful as having a conversation where you could change someone’s life. Michael always did a beautiful job of making the most of the opportunities in his life and I think that this is one of the things that makes his story so special. Granted it’s late tonight, but look for them tomorrow. They will be out there and in the process of changing and affecting others’ lives, you never know how it might change and affect your own.
I wanted to share this update that Sally posted in response to this post 🙂
Just to let you know Laura, even though Michael may have had a set back with his infection and yes today he didn’t open his eyes . He wiggled his toes when we asked and made hand motions trying to remove his hand splints! The best was when the doctor laid a chuck down by his chin to administer meds he reached up and pulled it down off his chin. Even though it was messing up what the doctor was setting up we all cheered him on. Lol! I know you understand but those who don’t, all these “purposeful” movements are things to rejoice!
Praise God! Please continue praying!