Meet A Need Today

Meet A Need Today

I haven’t really shared much about myself personally here on Greater Than Rubies because it’s scary to write real feelings out in the vast internet for all to see and I don’t want this to be a place that’s all about me. But I figure starting off on this new adventure is the perfect time. I want this place to be an arena where we learn from and grow with and inspire each other and it’s really hard to do that from a hiding place.

I went off to college planning to study interior design and create beautiful spaces for people. My roommate introduced me to an organization called Young Life which captured my heart and led to the realization I needed to major in something that would help people on a deeper level than I had planned. Serving and loving the students I got to do life with began to change me. I learned that relationships tend to be messy because we’re messy, but there’s also beauty in loving one another in spite of that.

After college, my love and I married, and we moved to Texas.

Shortly after, I started working with a non-profit that helps families break out of the cycle of poverty for good- or bridge the gap to help keep them out of it.

Hearing their stories and walking alongside them has made me into a different person. It’s caused me to wrestle with questions like, ‘How can I continue to acquire more and more of everything when they don’t have enough today?’

I know there are people all over the world with that struggle, but for me, living and breathing alongside those who are walking through it is what connected the dots and fostered change.

I worry a bit that this will come off as me thinking I’ve got things figured out. Please hear me- I have so far to go. But we are all wealthy,* and giving something out of what we already have is doable.

Today, let’s listen to those around us and try to find a need that we have the ability to meet. Let’s turn what we have into something greater right where we are. I really hope you’ll share what you did below. And if you want to, I’d love it if you would share a little bit about yourself, too.

*If you live on more than $10 a day, you are in the top 20% of the world’s earners. {Doesn’t that just blow your mind? I need to reframe some of my thinking for sure!} Source

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  • Selah October 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    What I’m doing:
    Apparently, my church has been doing a 12 Weeks of Operation Christmas Child drive. I’ve been so preoccupied with buying / selling homes, that I haven’t paid much attention. Today I listened to my son when he said he wanted to bring something for this Sunday’s collection. We went to Target and found a 10 pack of boys socks on sale for $5. I also promised to get something for each remaining week of the drive.
    About me:
    I struggle with feeling like my impact as a Christian isn’t big enough. I’ve never felt called to go on the mission field or work with large groups of people. Lately, God has been showing me that, while my impact might not be wide, it is deep. I have 2 precious children who look to me as a spiritual leader. My life profoundly impacts their lives, forever. That’s huge!

  • Felicia October 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Your job must be so rewarding! It’s so great that you are able to help people.

    I have been helping out another mom at my church who fosters babies. She has two of her own, just adopted one and fosters another. I think she is crazy-amazing. I made her a meal plan one week and dropped all the groceries she needed at her door.

  • Iris October 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    My husband is the new assistant principal at a public school in a low-economic area. Every year they have a “fall festival” for their students and one thing they do is collect donated stuffed animals to give as prizes. Not only did we go through our own kids’ stuffed animals, I encouraged my own middle school students at the private school where I teach, to donate their stuffed animals, too. We ended up with 8 big bags full of stuffed animals!

    About me: I’m a wife and mother of two little ones (5 years old and two years old). I’m also a full time middle school teacher. I’ve struggled these past few years trying to balance my home and my work but God is always faithful to help me when I feel overwhelmed. For example, I really feel like He led me to your blog when I needed that encouragement!

  • Caitlin Author October 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Wow! Ladies, I sit here in my office just overwhelmed by your beautiful hearts. Every single one of us has a purpose and it looks different. Something I heard last weekend that has been resonating with me is this: when we are fully immersed in what we are called to do, our impact will be great and we won’t desire someone else’s call for ourselves. I see that so clearly in each of you- Selah, the way you are raising your kids to follow Christ, Felicia how you encouraged an incredible mom in a way that I’m sure profoundly impacted her, and Iris the way you use your influence to teach many and give them a hands on way to bless others. I am so thankful that I get to walk through life in this way with every single one of you!

  • Amy G October 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Sometimes, I feel like what I do to meet peole’s needs is tiny compared to what others are doing, but even little things can really be a blessing to people. I work part time in a Public Housing apartment complex (aka low income HUD housing). I’m basically just a secretary, so I don’t do all the big things, but I really do feel like I’m in a place where God wants me to be for now and that I am doing some good here. We have one bedroom apartments, so we have mostly older or disabled people and no families. While there are some people there who return our help with grouchy-ness, there are people there who really appreciate what we do for them and are really happy to be there. Some of them are actually in decent financial situations, but are just happy that we will write their checks for them when their hands are shaky and that we organize a nice lunch every month and bring a flu clinic to them once a year. Sometimes I think just being cheerful and nice to them is a blessing to them, because some of them don’t get many visitors.
    A little more about me – my husband and I have been married for 3 years, and live in upper Michigan. We have cats instead of kids for now, and since I’m part time, I have some time to split between my many hobbies. My husband is a really hard working man, and I’m so grateful to be with someone who will do whatever is needed to support our little family.

    • Caitlin Author October 14, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      I think being cheerful and kind to people is always a big gift! It sounds like you have a great husband- such a blessing! What are some of your hobbies?

  • Amy G October 17, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Well, thanks to my mom, I’m a crafty person, although I don’t usually do the same kind of projects she did/does. I crochet a lot (I learned from my mother-in-law when Kyle and I first started dating!), and I sew, as you know. I like to read, and I actually studied writing in college with the intent to write and publish fiction short stories and novels, although I’ve been seriously slacking on those projects for quite a while now.

    • Caitlin Author October 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      How cool, Amy! If you like to read and want to get back into writing and publishing, you should read Start by Jon Acuff. It’s a good read in general, but really inspiring to follow your goals and dreams.

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