Wednesday Word 7.03.2019
Acts 9:36-42 New International Version
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
I know this sounds morbid, but did you ever stop to think about your own passing? Not in terms of what will happen to you; rather, what will be the effect it will have on others. How will your life have touched those around you? Will anyone be sad at your passing? Tabitha was renowned for her skills and her willingness to share them. We don’t think about what making a garment entailed in biblical times. You couldn’t just run into JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby with a coupon! The fiber had to be gathered, gleaned and cleaned, spun and woven. Then a garment or robe could be made. Those who had no means of clothing themselves had Tabitha to thank for their warmth or comfort. How will you be remembered?
The time to ask yourself these questions is today. As long as we are drawing breath, no matter what our situation may be, we have the opportunity to be a blessing to others. We have the amazing chance to make a better choice, do a better thing, than we ever did before. We can start this minute to be kinder. That costs us nothing. Yet, what potential for changing lives, yours and the lives of others, can begin this way! Tabitha seems to have gotten the part about “loving one another.” That must have been pleasing to The One who taught us so much about loving…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki