Many of us wait for a time to be useful.
It seems my whole life, I have waited for opportunities to be useful.
They don't have to be big.
Sometimes they are really quite small.
Like when I've been on construction mission trips
And although I lack the necessary skills to build things sturdy.
I have found I can carry supplies.
And I can paint.
I can hang sheet rock.
and I can assist someone more skilled than I.
Every once in awhile, I get to do what I love best...
placing a bandaid on someone.
or pulling out a splinter.
Or treating a building cold.
Whatever it is, I just know, that if I can be useful in some small way
it is worth the wait.
This last week I had the opportunity to experience the transition from waiting
to actually doing.
I got to help a really good friend of mine
work with a new team of people.
Folks who desire to help others
desire to care for others
desire to love on others
and desire to help those struggling and alone at the end of their lives,
live as fully and as comfortably as possible.
And even though most of those new volunteers had very little experience
caring for ill people
let alone providing healthcare,
I was excited at the prospect of just coming alongside
and caring for them
as I got to learn from them and laugh with them and get to know them
It was amazing.
Standing with these people and working as a team.
I felt privileged and in awe
I felt humbled and excited at the same time.
And I remembered that many years ago,
I stood on the flat cement slab that one day became this Hospice
secretly longing to be a part of it's beginning.
I know that helping to build and sand and mud and paint this building
was part of it's beginning
but I really wanted to help be apart of the medical side
the caring and comfort side
the "you're not alone in this, your doing a great job side".
My wait has come round full circle
And I know that my secret hopes and desires have been answered
And I know that
we all matter
regardless of how much experience we have
or how much we know
or where we've come from
We are all apart of something bigger
We all need eachother
And we all need to be given a chance to give something
No matter how big
or how in between
Everything we do matters
and can make a difference in someone else's life.