Be A Doug!

Monday, September 6, 2004

In August 2005, the Canso Causeway will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. In order to make a memory book for this occasion, I asked people to share their story of a meaningful crossing. My friend, Yvonne, wrote about her special memory of a crossing which took place nearly twenty-five years ago. The crossing involved a young man named Terry Fox, who, although he'd lost one leg to cancer, gave of his limited time and energy to run across a large portion of Canada to raise money for cancer research.

As impressed as she was with Terry's courage, commitment, and charm, she was equally impressed by his behind-the-scenes helper, Doug Alward, who made the whole project possible. She wrote,

    Everyone has different personalities and strengths to contribute to the betterment of a project, the community, and the country. If Doug Alward had said, "No way" to Terry's idea in the first place, Terry wouldn't have been able to run one kilometre. Don't forget Terry, but whenever someone asks for help on a new idea or project of theirs, instead of shooting it down with lots of "But you can't," or "It's never been done" — "Be a Doug"!

God's Word has a similar message, for in it we read:

Romans 12:4-6a – Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. (NLT)

In our churches or in outreach to our communities, God wants to use us as part of the team, reaching out to our world to tell others of His love and plan of redemption. When God calls us to a support our leaders, we have a choice of saying, "No way", or we can "Be a Doug"! Today, let's realize we are part of Christ's body, and let's get behind our leaders and support them with our prayers, our service, and our presence.

Prayer: Thank You, God, for our position in the body of Christ. Help us to know what work You would have us do, and remind us that we all need each other. Amen.

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