At 10:00 a.m. multiple vehicles pulled up and parked along the streets surrounding a little neighborhood park. All were packed full of food, supplies, toys, clothing, lawn chairs and coolers. Three trucks arrived with two grills, ten tables, twenty-five chairs, gallons of water, garment racks and outdoor games. Easily twenty-five people sprang into action, helping wherever and however they could. This is what a heart for our community looks like. In another hour, another fifteen to twenty people showed up to help in any way needed.
I don’t write any of this to brag about our efforts. I write this to try to shine a light on our hearts. Nobody believed this was about us. All of us were excited to pool our resources, our time and our energy to gather with a new set of neighbors.
We had clothing to give away. Most could not believe it was free.
The clothing story of the day, however, belonged to two young girls who had eagerly looked through the clothing themselves. They each had found a dress. They ran home to that ‘tucked away’ neighborhood and came back to the park like prom queens. They walked a little taller, held their heads a little higher and smiled with contentment. We spotted them as they headed back to the park.
I quickly wanted to find my friend, whose white dress now adorned this young girl, so she could witness the moment for herself. Our hearts were genuinely touched, but honestly, a bit convicted as well. We have so much. This dress, like so many of the clothes and shoes that we had donated had hardly been worn. They were above and beyond what we needed, or even wanted.
The redeeming beauty of this moment, and many more like it that day, is that our excess can meet someone else’s need. When that happens, in an instant, your heart and spirit are engaged and you teeter somewhere between laughter and tears.
We had excess in many areas that day, as I dare say, we do every day. Our part is to surrender what we can so that others can benefit. I am privileged to be surrounded by so many people who are willing to do just that!
Wanting to Give More With You,