One night with only an hour left on my shift and three things remaining on my to-do list, a resident came to the front desk to talk to me. “Rachel, I know the kitchen locks at 10pm but I’ve had a rough night and I’m really hungry. Can you please let me in to get a box of crackers?” Frustrated at the interruption, I began to deny the request when a small voice whispered in my ear, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.” I stopped mid-sentence and stared into the young woman’s eyes. She was a human being made in the image of God, not a task to be accomplished or a chore to be checked off. After letting her into the kitchen and walking her to her room, I cried in the hallway and prayed: “Dear God, may I never sacrifice faithfulness for efficiency. May I never forget that the person is more important than the task.”
I still keep to-do lists and find little ways to improve my efficiency but I am much more willing to throw the plan out the window when the need arises. Why? Because God does not require efficiency from us, he requires faithfulness.
Lydia House Evening House Supervisor
Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.