Jose and I met with a psychologist this morning. We wanted to talk about how to deal with what has happened in Haiti and how it’s affected our family, the staff, and the Haitians. I won’t go into a lot of details but did find some comfort in talking to him.
There was something that he said that really stuck out to me. I have reflected on it throughout today. I told him that I feel like I should be doing more. I have employees share their heart with me, random refugees show up at my door, and friends who are completely devastated. I feel like I have nothing to offer them. There has to be more for me to do.
He asked me when they come to me crying – what do I do? I told him I normally hug them, sit beside them and hold their hand, etc.
He told me that as Christians we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. That we are living-breathing vessels that carry Christ where-ever we go. When we offer ourselves up to simply listen or hold someone when they cry – in that moment we are temporary assistants of the Holy Spirit. We are “literally” being Jesus’s arms and His hands. Do we ever stop to realize what that really means?
So often times we discount what we can do. I’m not a doctor – I can’t go to Haiti. I’ve never worked in construction – I can’t rebuild what has happened there. We all come up with excuses and feel like we can’t make a difference. I talked to a woman yesterday and she broke down and cried right in front of me. She told me she feels so useless – how could she help someone in Haiti?
Do you know what God needs us to be the most? He needs us to be His assistant. We each have the ability to be God’s personal assistant every day. Let me say that again. We each have the privilege to be God’s personal assistant – HIS assistant – every day.
For the last several months I’ve worked with Janeil as his personal assistant (among other things). I try to help him tackle many of the tasks that are thrown at him daily. You wouldn’t believe how much his phone rings or the emails that never stop coming. I take this role seriously and I make a point each day to do my best on his behalf.
Until today I never thought about what that means to be the Assistant to the Holy Spirit. Is it not our job to help tackle the many tasks that are thrown at Him each day? Should we not be doing our best to make our Ultimate Authority look good? Should we not be reflecting Him in all we do and fill in the gaps that God has laid before us?
I don’t know. I have thought about it all day long. I feel like it was God’s way of telling me that I don’t have to be a doctor or a surgeon. I don’t have to be an engineer or architect. He actually has a much more important role for me to play. He needs me to be His personal assistant. He needs me to attend to His daily tasks. He needs me to represent His hands, His arms, His ears, His feet, and His face. I don’t know of any other title or job description that can be beat – Personal Assistant to the Holy Spirit.
No more excuses. We all have a job that has been clearly laid out before us…….