E-votional It's Time To Look Back 
August 28, 2001
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these, who are members of my family, you did it to me."


Spending practically her whole life in this small suburb of Dallas, she is preparing to move.  Day after day friends come to visit, to check with her, and to say good-bye.  No, she was not the wealthiest, most powerful person in Grand Prairie.  She had no controlling interest in anything other than the Gospel, and that controlled her more than anything else.  What she was, what she is, she is a saint.  While things can be so inconsistent, she was a constant.  She is a person of Faith.  She is a person of Love.  She is a person of Compassion.  She is a person who serves.  She is Tommie Woodrow Sealock.  She is my grandmother.  And she has done it to the least and the most of them.  She has served with her life and with her heart.

Hear the Good News, as Jesus wandered and taught throughout Jerusalem during his last week of life, he addressed many a thing, but nothing more than what it means to be a kingdom person.  He reminded those who listened, we have all been given gifts, use them.  He helped people understand that even if they thought they did not have much, they always had their heart, their being.  "We are to love." We are to serve."  "Don't just sit on your hands."  I think we all know someone in our life that reminds us of what Jesus was saying.  We all know someone who "got it."  When you look back upon your life, what will you see?  Service or selfishness.  Compassion or indifference.  So to people like Graham, Ma, Brad, and all of the others who got it, who understand what the Gospel is about, thanks for giving us a working example.  Why don't we take up the role of being that example to others?


Gracious God, You have put wonderful people in my life.  People of faith and love.  I have learned so much from them.  Help me to live a life that emulates the Gospel that my Christ Preaches.  To the least of these . . ., that has been me, and possibly could still, but I would not know it because of the love You have showered upon me.  Let me share the love You have shared with me, that others might feel and know of Your presence.  Thank you Father, for all You have done and all You will continue to do in my life.  Amen.