June 22

Dreaming Dreams

So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people. GALATIANS 6:10

I think one of the greatest needs in the Christian community is for individual laymen and laywomen to dream some dreams about how they can use their talents to impact people's lives for Christ.

Let me tell you about a family that is making a difference. A small family ministry called Standing with Hope provides prosthetic limbs for below-the-knee amputees, not only in the United States, but also in Ghana, Africa. The process of adding "skin" covering to make a prosthetic look real can cost thousands of dollars—far too costly for an outreach whose goal is to help as many people as possible be able to walk again. That's where the family's 15-year-old son, Grayson Rosenberger, comes in. While noodling over an entry idea for a nationwide science contest, Grayson came across one of his mom's old, discarded prosthetic legs. He found that by wrapping it in a very common household item, he could give the mechanical limb a realistic shape.

His inexpensive solution? Bubble wrap.

Total cost for application? About one dollar.

No, it doesn't look like skin. But with the right hose or stockings, the prosthetic leg can be made to look real. And for poverty-stricken adults and children in Africa who are often ostracized and teased for the primitive, bare-bones appearance of a fake leg, this is a confidence-creating alternative.

Bubble wrap. Who'd have thought?

Could it be that there's a right-under-your-nose opportunity to make a difference in people's lives—right where you are? Could it be that, if you slowed down and set your mind on seeking God for a way you could really serve Him, He might lay out an idea that's so simple, you'll be shocked you didn't think of it earlier?

Just think. Bubble wrap.

DISCUSS

Every person and every couple has an assignment from God—a ministry. What's yours? If you can't articulate your ministry, plan a time when you can begin to pray and think together.

PRAY

Express your availability to God, and ask Him to show you the best way to serve.

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