by Becky Scaglione
My sweetest pleasures in life are the times I get to spend with my friends. I used to make yearly treks to Colorado to visit my friend, Reba, but now that she has moved to Canfield, our visits are almost monthly. There is nothing like girlfriend time–shopping and lunches, movies and massages. But some of our most precious times spent together have been curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea, talking for hours about our families, our joys and pains, both physical and mental, and the path our lives are taking as we gracefully and painfully age. I’ve come to believe that no matter what we are going through, if your girlfriend knows and her prayers are but a breath away, things just seem a little better.
The last time we were together, I told her about our current projects with the Knitting Knights ministry that meets at The Chapel once a month. As I sat there knitting away, needles clacking out rows upon rows of rainbow colors, she looked at me and said, “You are love in motion.” Just the thought of it made me smile.
And then I thought about what “love in motion” truly looks like. I suppose anything that is done with love and out of the kindness of your heart could be considered love in motion, like taking a meal to a needy neighbor, baking cookies for the WOW sponsored purse party, knitting for hours on a project that will be given away to someone in need, or painting a room for someone for the sheer joy of brightening their world and making them smile.
My favorite verse of Ephesians 2:10 comes to mind once again, which states “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” As we were uniquely designed by God, we were each given talents to be used to advance His Kingdom. In our daily walk with Him, God gives us countless opportunities to bless others with the talents we were given. How disappointed God must be when we don’t use the gifts He gave us to bless others. It would be like sculpturing a beautiful vase, then storing it in a dark cabinet, never to be used or admired for its beauty or function.
As James 2:26 states, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” Deeds don’t have to be associated with a talent; then just need to be associated with doing. We can’t all be singers or knitters or designers. But we can pray, we can write a letter of encouragement, we can bake a batch of cookies, just to mention a few. It doesn’t have to be amazing, it just has to become a blessing. That is what love in motion is about…doing something for someone else out of love and compassion for someone other than ourselves.
Acts 17:26 states “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” So our question should be, “Am I doing enough at this time and in this place, with the talents given to me, for the glory of God?” If so, every act of kindness will be worth it when we leave this busy life and stand before our Lord, and see His smiling face as He says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
So get busy ladies, there is work to be done! Let the people around us see the work of our hands and the love in our heart, so they will know us by what we do in Christ’s name–love in motion!