By Brett Younger
Every day the saints at Highland Hills do amazing things, live with astonishing compassion, and find astounding ways to be generous.
When a teacher sends a note to someone in her Sunday School class, she is letting them know that the church cares for one another.
When a member goes to the grocery store to pick up cans of corn for the needy, he is saying that the church is here for the hungry.
When a senior adult says, "How do you spell the name of your cousin who's in the hospital?" She is really saying, "The church prays for one another."
When a youth Sunday school teacher prepares to teach, she is letting teenagers know that the church takes the Bible seriously.
When a Sunday Shepherd changes diapers it is because children matter in Christ's church.
When a member invites someone to our church, she is inviting them to a different way of life.
You could list dozens of people who help the church live with a deeper kindness. Some of the saints in Christ's church own businesses. They find ways their company can help the hurting. They hire workers on whom no one else will take a chance. They work each day not just for a paycheck, but for the kingdom of God. They lead their company in such a way that employees and customers get a taste of God's goodness in concern for those who are usually left out.
Some of the saints in Christ's church are soccer moms. They drive SUVs, bake cupcakes for the second-grade class, and tutor children one morning a week. They live serving Christ among soccer players and their families. They organize projects to raise money for orphans overseas, projects that teach second graders that they have neighbors whose lives are different from their own.
Some of the saints in Christ's church are lawyers. They seek justice for their clients, even the ones who cannot pay. They forget which cases are pro bono; because we are all children of God.
Some of the saints in Christ's church are real estate agents who serve God by helping people find a neighborhood they can make better; hospice nurses who offer comfort to people longing for comfort; counselors who listen to people to whom no one else listens; mechanics who do an honest job for an honest price.
Pete Seeger says the world is like a seesaw with one end held down to the ground by a bucket of rocks. At the other end are the good people, armed only with teaspoons, slowly using them to fill a bucket with sand in an effort to tip the balance for the good. People scoff at the attempt to move the rocks, but one day, the critical grain of sand will suddenly send those rocks flying up into the sky. People will ask, "How did that happen so quickly?" The saints will know, "It was us and our teaspoons."
Be thankful for those saints who come to our church to meet God, who reach out to people who are not always welcome, who are committed to acting like Jesus rather than just talking about Jesus. Thank God that you get to share Highland Hills with them.