Making a Difference at 2am

When the phone rings at 2:30 in the morning on a Saturday night, many thoughts go through your head in a split second or two: where am I, what time is it, where is the phone? And when you see the time, you know this is not going to be good news. If you have kids living outside of the house or aging parents, you know instinctively something is wrong. This week it was one of my best friend’s names who showed up on the caller ID. He said he didn’t feel right and thought he needed a ride to the hospital. I arrived at his house about ten minutes later; after assessing the situation and deciding that he probably couldn’t walk to my car and if he did and passed out, I wouldn’t be able to pick him up, I called 911. The responders were magnificent, outstanding, caring and efficient, and in no time at all we were headed to the regional stroke center hospital. There were various tests, xrays and cat scans that confirmed a stroke.

At about 8:30 am I texted my daughter and said

“Doesn’t look good for making church.”

To which she replied with a “haha” emoji.

And, to which I replied, “Why is that funny?”

She replied, “Funny because it seemed ironic.”

At this point I was a little too sleep deprived and too involved processing all that was going on around me for the irony to register.

My daughter was making a very good point. Sometimes we don’t think of the daily things we do as making a difference. Yet I believe it is the very essence of our call to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Jesus has called us to be His representatives to the world around us. Some are called to go away and do that, but most are called to produce fruit where they are planted. Every one of us has the opportunity to make a difference every day. Lord, give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and the understanding to recognize how we can best represent You.

To view the sermon that inspired this post, go here.

by Fred Meserall

Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.