We are entering a season where people are more apt to care more about germs, colds, and the flu than at any other time of the year. Anyone of us has the potential to carry any one of these and spread it to someone else. In a sense, we are, potentially, couriers picking up sickness and delivering it to others.
If you think about it, we all have the potential to be “couriers” of so much more than the common cold and flu. Individually, we all have ideas, thoughts, goals, dream, and aspirations that we carry with us each day. Some of these will be accomplished and lived out because of the internal drive that exists that will push it into being.
I keep thinking about all the ways God can or could use me for His purposes. Some of the ways that come to the surface the most are in the realm of writing and pastoring. I meditate on His Word and think on those things. I know he has gifted me. No matter the vehicle He uses through me – it all boils down to one thing…. love. We are all to be couriers of His love to the world we live in. No matter the arena – love is the central theme He wants to share with those in which we come in contact.
I’m reminded of a time when I was a courier for FedEx. It was Christmas Eve and there had been a lot of snow in key locations around the country. This meant late deliveries and in many cases no deliveries. It was late in the afternoon. I was sick and it was very cold that day. We were all messaged that there was a late plane landing in Atlanta and packages would be shuttled out to us for afternoon delivery. Despite how I felt I was excited to be able to help spread a little Christmas cheer with a few more deliveries. I just had no idea how one delivery was going to impact my life.
It was literally the last delivery of the day. I pulled up to the front of the house and I could see two children peering through the curtain in the window. As I put my truck in park, I could see them begin to jump and down with excitement. I retrieved the package from the back of the truck as I wiped a little moisture from my eye – I was moved by the excitement I could see. The children, along with their dad, greeted me halfway in between their house and my FedEx truck. I handed the dad my clip board for him to sign for the package. He told me that it was a package from their grandparents and they had been waiting all day for this box.
Some 10 years later, I still recall that moment as a courier for FedEx. Why? Why recall a delivery to a family whose name I can’t recall? Why, get a little misty-eyed over this delivery? I believe we are all couriers with the potential to impact the lives of others for the glory of God. What I delivered was a box that contained items that have probably long been forgotten. More than the contents of that package I couldn’t see – I realized I was really a courier delivering love from grandparents to their grandchildren for Christmas. I am glad to have had the pleasure of being the one to have that experience that day. For a moment, I had the opportunity to forget about “the job” or the fact that I was cold and sick. In that moment, being a courier had great meaning and purpose.
How much more the joy we are to share the love of our heavenly Father with those He loves so much. ”For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal live.” (John 3:16, NIV).
How is it God has gifted you to carry His Message of love? Who is it that needs to hear this Message of love from you today? Go and deliver it in a manner He has gifted you!