Strength in the Body of Christ

I just got back from a mission trip. I am at the same time exhilarated and exhausted. And while I planned a day of rest, I had one task that needed to be taken care of before my mind would let me take a break. For quite a while I have been planning a mission trip for the last week in July, with our high school music team Evidence, to serve the homeless in Atlanta. Some parts of the trip came together very easily. Some took a little while longer, and a few aspects of the trip seemed to be stuck. One of those was overnight accommodations on the trip to and from Atlanta. Several leads were pursued. But contact people just weren't calling back and the window was getting smaller and smaller. I wasn't at panic mode, but I was getting a little anxious. As I was "recovering," I thought, "why not cast a wider net." So I posted on Facebook how our mission team needed a place to sleep and shower on the way to Atlanta in Baton Rouge, LA and in Mobile, AL on the way back.
Just posting the need brought an immediate feeling of relief. Just sharing my need relieved my stress. Before anyone said a thing, I felt better. But then, dear friends almost immediately started sending church names with contact persons with direct cell phone numbers. One person went ahead and called, made the reservation at the church, and had the youth pastor call me. Within a few hours we had multiple invites in both cities. It was miraculous and wonderful. I was elated.

So if the burden is too heavy, if you are weary, share your need. Ask the body for help. Don't let pride or insecurity keep you from seeing Christ work for you through His body.

Joe

1 Corinthians 12:26-27
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.