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My First Article

July 15, 2008

This is my first article in the July issue of The Beacon, a newspaper in San Antonio devoted to faith, family and community. You will find it on page 16.

Did you ever dream of being a superhero? Not that you wore your underwear on the outside of your pants or anything. No, did you throw a towel around your neck and dash out the front door to save the day? Well maybe you had the good sense to do that out the back door but still, did you create a world where you made a difference for those in need? I know I did. I went so far as to give myself a name and a colored insignia. Don’t think I’m going to share that any time soon. The artwork has long since been destroyed.

No I think we all dreamed of doing something that changed a life, that pulled someone from the depths of danger and despair.

I think we are wired that way. It is because we are made in the image of God. Helping those in need is a constant theme in the Bible. God is about helping the poor, the widow and orphan. He has always asked his people to get involved, to reach out to those in need, to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

James informs us in James 2:8 that when we help those in need we fulfill the royal command to love our neighbor as our self. The story of the Good Samaritan is told to give us a picture of our neighbor. Yes, it is those who need a hero, someone to step in to save the day.

A movement is sweeping the church today that carries this heart. People who seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Who long to defend the widow and the orphan, to protect those in need. To show people the image of God, to show them Jesus because we badly want them to know our Savior.

This brings us to why I write. I want this to be a place where we celebrate this idea. Where we encourage and educate. A place that shares stories and practical tips.

Why? Because I believe that stories like Tommy’s should be told. Tommy came to our volunteer tutoring program failing in math but it was much worse. Tommy risked falling through the cracks. Instead of talking about it or complaining, we offered he and his mother an opportunity for help. We connected him with Greg, an engineer and all around super guy who volunteers with our Helping Hands tutoring program.

Greg was able to sit and work with Tommy, but more importantly he was able to get to know him. You see, much of Tommy’s problems came from what was happening at home. By the end of his time with us Tommy was scoring over a hundred on his algebra tests, but more importantly, he had found someone who cared, someone who wouldn’t let him down. In the end he saw Jesus in Greg.

What would happen if all of the church became alive to God’s call? Simply putting words into action, becoming the hands and feet of Jesus? We hope that this column will inspire you. We pray this will add fuel to the fire in the church today.

You see, God gave us the Holy Spirit and called us to love our neighbor as our self. That would seem a lot more powerful than a spider bite or iron suit wouldn’t it?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2008 9:28 pm

    Darin-

    Congrats on the writing assignment, well deserved. Love what you said man.

  2. benoverby permalink
    July 16, 2008 9:26 pm

    Glad to see you’re using your gifts to spread the word and encourage the saints through such an outlet. Grace to you!

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