~by Elizabeth Lapp
“…Go home to thy friends and tell them…” Mark 5:19
A woman wrote to Mother Theresa, wanting to join her in her work to the poorest of the poor in one of India’s most crowded cities. Her response was, “Find your own Calcutta.”
What have you done in the past year to make a difference within a mile of your home? Somehow the hungry, the hurting and the un-evangelized at our own doorstep lack appeal compared to the needy souls elsewhere on planet earth. Why? Could it be because there is no acclaim for what we do for our next door neighbors? Look around you through the eyes of Jesus and you will find your own Calcutta. There is no language barrier, cultural hurdle, or financial hardship involved in meeting the needs in our own vicinity and even our own families.
As the songwriter says, “Here for all your talents you may surely find a need. Here reflect the bright and morning star. Even from your humble hand the bread of life may fee, brighten the corner where you are. Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do. Do not wait to shed your light afar. To the many duties ever near you now be true. Brighten the corner where you are.” Copyright 1941 The Rodeheaver Co.Owner