Yesterday I texted the hubby and asked him what he was doing. I text him every day because I am that kind of wife – LOL! He replied “Going to the store for Chief. He’s not doing well. He said he may have to go to a nursing home.”
Chief was our neighbor from a previous home where we lived. He lives alone and has no family in the area. Please don’t get it confused – I think Chief preferred it that way. He is the true definition of an Ol’ Salt. He is an 87 year old retired Navy widower. He would visit us every evening to give treats to our fur baby Bindi and bring us the newspapers that he had read for the day.
Needless to say, I had to inquire further by asking, “Did Chief call you?” the hubby replied, “Yes.” Instantly I felt sad because I knew what that meant. Back when we were neighbors, Chief was in his 70s. He was independent, tough, had no filter, yet he was sweet and generous. He loved chatting it up with the hubby.
Since moving, we have kept in touch. However, not as frequently as we did when we first moved. So, it was unusual for him to call. And, it certainly was completely out of character for him to call and ask for help.
When I finally got home from work, the hubby shared with me the condition that Chief was in and it broke my heart.
I shared this story to say this – in the midst of the hubby telling me the events of his day with Chief, God dropped in my spirit the title of this post- My Husband is M.I.A. – Ministry in Action.
Here’s the thing, since knowing my husband, he has ALWAYS been willing to help whenever anyone calls and needs a hand. And nothing has changed 14 years later. As his girlfriend, that was one of the many characteristics that I fell in love with but as his wife…let’s just say my perspective has changed. Don’t misunderstand, I still love him dearly because of his beautiful heart to serve and I know it is his calling and I completely support it. But sometimes, his calling and his wife meet at the crossroads- LOL!
God has called all of us to be M.I.A. – Ministry in Action. If you say you believe in God and have accepted HIS son Jesus as your Savior and Lord, then shouldn’t you be M.I.A. too?
Strive to be a Christian that provides active service and not just lip service.
FINAL WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT – Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
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