Just Show Up
by Matthew Belwood - DTQ Associate National Director
There is a lot to do. The camp registrations need to be finalized. Need to raise those funds for the convention. Update the website. We have administrative details to complete. The message has to be written. The plane tickets need to be bought. The parents have to be called. Finish training and make a video. Budget must be balanced. The deposit needs to be paid. All are important tasks. All need to be completed.
But Lord, help me if I ever forget the most important thing we do. I don’t need a balanced budget for this to happen. I don’t need to make a deposit to begin this. I do not need a script. It is the easiest thing to do, and the most important thing I can do for a Deaf teenager.
Just show up.
In the middle of the business and administrative clutter (all important stuff, mind you), I think I’m going to take a break. No agenda. No demands. Just show up.
Today, I will just show up. Maybe I will ask “Did you see the game last night?” Let’s see where it goes from there. But first, I just gotta show up.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’
‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better…’”
Martha was distracted by the details. Mary just showed up. We can too.