Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’ Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.’ Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, ‘Now I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.’ - Jeremiah 1:4-10
“I am only a boy.” How often have we come up with excuses not to act? The usual reasons range from there not being enough time in the day to not wanting to step outside of our comfort zone to simply being afraid of the unknown. Once we release these inhibitions and act upon God’s call-to-action, a whole new world is revealed. Serving God doesn’t always equate to large grandiose gestures. It can be simple and small right in our own backyard. One such call-to-action with tired excuses and one of the most rewarding experiences I have encountered as a parishioner of Christ Church is serving dinners at Pacific House and Inspirca, both homeless shelters in Stamford. So simple an act and so easy to do, but so needed and so appreciated. No more excuses.
- George Belshaw,