Posts by Deanna Young

What’s Wrong?

What’s wrong?  We ask this question of people a lot.

We ask it when people seem sad or agitated.  We ask it sometimes when we know the answer and other times when we don’t.  We ask because we care or maybe feel obligated.

We wait for the answer and wonder if it’s an emotional issue that’s bothering the person or a physical issue.  Can we help them in any way?  Do we WANT to help them in any way?

Sometimes the answer is closed:  “nothing’s wrong.  Everything’s fine.”
Sometimes the answer is vague.  Sometimes it opens the flood gates and the person unloads all their problems.

There is someone who is asking that question right now of you.  He wants to know all of your problems.  He’s asking but He really already knows.  He wants you to tell Him anyway.  He doesn’t want you to stay closed.  He doesn’t want a vague answer.  He wants you to open the flood gates and tell Him everything.

He wants to take all that is wrong and make it right.  His name is Jesus.

These words from Lauren Daigel’s song, “Oh Lord” are perfect to help us remember Jesus wants to take all that’s wrong and make it right.

Oh, O’Lord O’Lord I know You hear my cry
Your love is lifting me above all the lies
No matter what I face this I know in time
You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right
You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right

Won’t you tell Him what’s wrong today and let Him make it right?

It Takes a Village.

“It takes a village.”  What does that even mean?

I heard it all the time when I first became a mom and I have to admit, I just went with it.  Part of me was like “where is this village?”  And “who runs this village?”  And “do I have to take my kids to this village?”

And then as I got older, and obviously wiser, I realized that it means my husband and I can’t do this parenting thing alone.  (I guess since I wasn’t very smart about this village thing, it was a good thing I wasn’t planning to do it alone.  🙂 )

It also means that with any given thing it takes a lot of people to make it run smoothly.  I saw it in action at the Ball State University men’s volleyball game the other night.  My daughter is the Sports Information Director for this sport and I watched how many different people are involved in just one game.

There are people to keep stats; people to run stat papers to the teams at the end of each match; people to keep the scoreboards; people to announce the teams and coaches.

Someone has to put up the volleyball nets and make sure they meet NCAA regulations.  Someone has to get the officials and someone has to be certified to officiate.  Facilities managers are on call to wipe up spills and keep the lights on. There are concession workers who not only sell the popcorn but have to make it. Someone has to be sure there is change for the concessions.  The list goes on and on.

Everyone has an important job in this village.  Just like everyone has an important job that God has called them to do for Him.  Some days it may seem that rocking that baby in the nursery isn’t that big of a deal but to the momma that gets to listen to the sermon that day, it’s a big deal.

Some days it may seem that people aren’t listening while you are trying to teach a Sunday School class, but to that one person who leaves with a little hope, it was important.

People who make the coffee.  People who clean the restrooms.  Pastors who prepare and deliver the sermons.  Worship leaders who select just the right music.  Worship teams who lead in beautiful song.  Ushers who give a smile while taking up offering and handing out bulletins.  Greeters who welcome with a handshake and a hug.

Program leaders who provide activities for men, women, children, teens and singles.  People who make the meals for free Wednesday night dinners.  Dishwashers who clean up after that meal.  People who salt the sidewalks and hold the umbrellas.

It takes a village to do anything really.  Give a pat on the back to those who keep things running in your village.  And before long we will realize we can be one big circle of people all working for the good of the Lord in His village.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for men.  Colossians 3:23.

Trust Him.

 

Whatever you are going through today…
Whatever you are worrying about….
Whatever you are angry about….
Whatever you are unsettled about…
Whatever decision you have to make…
Whatever is on your schedule….
Whatever is on your mind….
Give it to God and trust Him.

Make A Difference Monday!

For Make A Difference Monday, I am challenging you (and me) to send a card to someone every day this week.  “No one has a birthday” you may say.  “Who could I send a card to?”  Dr. Seuss says “Oh the places we could go.”  Dr. Deanna says, “Oh the places we could send.”  🙂

Here are some ideas:

*the working mom who needs a little encouragement that she is doing great.
*the single dad who plays the role of both parents with grace.
*the worship leader at church who put together a great service on Sunday.
*the pastor who works tirelessly to serve the congregation.
*the coworker who put forth extra effort to make the project complete on time.
*the friend you haven’t seen for a while.
*the cousin you used to play with every Sunday at grandma’s house.
*the author of a good book you just read.
*the newspaper columnist who wrote a great article you enjoyed.
*the neighbor who needs to know you care.
*the student who received a special award.
*the nurse who gave special care to your mom.
*the doctor who calmed your child during stitches.
*the teacher who took extra time with your son.
*the coach who knew it was more than about the win.

There are many opportunities to send cards to people who sometimes we don’t remember could use some encouragement.  Take time this week to think about some of those people and then go make a difference to someone by encouraging them with a card.  Let’s go change the world, one act of kindness at a time!