The Pre Teen Ministry got together this past Saturday for our monthly Pre Teen activity and decided to change up the activity a bit, they came to serve “Mr. Tom”!
“Mr.Tom”, as the PreTeens respectfully referred to Thomas as, is a neighbor of Stan and Gisela Lamour and about 10 years ago he began to see the debilitative effects of muscular dystrophy. The Pre Teen ministry along with many parents, despite the 40 degree temperatures, decided that instead of playing games and drinking hot chocolate that they would serve Mr. Tom by raking his leaves.
I had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Tom and he wanted us to know how grateful he was for our service, but i feel like it is us who have a lot to learn from Mr. Tom. He said something truly incredible when we were talking. He said that anytime he leaves the house, he knows that he is going to have to rely on others for help then he goes on to say, “and I have never been let down” Isn’t that incredible!?
When he told me that it definitely helped me to keep hope in humanity for one, but as I later reflected i thought a lot about God and Faith. Every time Mr. Tom leaves his house is an act of faith. He has faith that he will be able to accomplish whatever it is he has in mind. He doesn’t know how he will be able to do it or who will be the person to help him, and yet he ventures out anyway. This takes a lot of faith and courage. Could you imagine leaving your house without knowing how you will be able to accomplish the things you need to get done yet still going out?!
It can be so challenging for me trust in God and not in my own efforts and I was reminded that i still have a long way to go in relying on God. The brief time we got to talk was inspirational for me and I am determined to grow in my faith. I don’t know that I have the type of faith that Mr. Tom has, but I want to! I was reminded of this scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we live by faith, not by sight.”