As we explore the mission of God in the book of Jonah, we have asked some lay leaders from the Ridder Leadership Initiative to share their reflections. They were each given two questions to consider: Where do you see God present and at work around you? And how are you joining in on God's mission?
Below are reflections from Diane Becker, a recent Care Leadership Elder, a designer and a lover of people:
God is at work in my life, through my interactions with people. I have a genuine interest in people and their lives, even the ones that I’ve just met standing in the line at the grocery store. I love meeting new people from my community, schools and church.
God has touched my heart with compassion for the hurting. I am moved to say “Hello” or give a smile to friends and strangers alike. My children ask why I do this especially to strangers and I typically reply by saying, “Why not? You never know if that person has felt special or loved today and my greeting may be the only piece of hope or encouragement that they may receive.” My heart is often touched by people who may not feel loved or have a sense of peace inside. I feel so blessed to know God’s love and to be able to just pass it on!
I feel like I’m a part of God’s mission due to the wonderful people he has put in my life. My life has not been easy having experienced loss early with the death of my Dad and my daughter Megan plus a divorce. During these very hard times people have shown me empathy and given me comfort and encouragement. They have walked side by side with me through my grief. They also have given me such a beautiful example of what a Christian friend could be to one who is hurting. It is amazing to me how God gives us the opportunity to connect to others, even without words. Sometimes a simple, “I’m thinking and praying for you”, a hug or a card can deliver the comfort that a hurting person needs. One of God’s greatest gifts that I have experienced has been when I could give back His love and encouragement. When helping others, I start the journey to my own healing. Only through our caring for others are we able to pass on His grace and love.