Today’s devotional comes out of something that happened in just the past 24 hours, although it really has its beginnings around 8 or 9 years ago.
Yesterday afternoon my daughter sent me a text to say there had been a lady named Debbie on the radio saying that she was there because of a lady named Kathie from “A Clayton’s Secretary” (that’s me by the way!). I hadn’t heard it because I was out walking with a friend around the park.
Our Christian radio station has been having a radiothon all this week to raise $250,000 to keep the station running and to add to the services they already provide. They are a community based station with nearly 800,000 listeners (nearly 1/10 of our city population) and every 6 months that have a ‘thon’ to raise funds to keep the station running.
Many people had been ringing with their personal stories of what the radio station means to them and how it has touched their lives.
On a personal level, Graham and I have been listening to this station since the very day it started – 1st December 2002 which was Graham’s 50th birthday and the reason why we remember that date so clearly.
The radio is always on in our house during the day and sometimes at night time too. I’ve been running my business at home all these years with a positive input and messages from the bible and laughing DJs and songs that bless you. It’s not 100% Christian but all of its music and discussions reflect Christian values and about 300,000 of the listeners are people who aren’t Christian but of other faiths, or no faith at all. With no swearing, or putting people down,the station is one that builds people up and is safe to listen to when children are around. And it provides other services such as a care centre call line for those who need someone to talk to.
Anyway, this lady went on to say that 7 years ago her husband was diagnosed with 2 brain tumours and didn’t have long to live. He died and Debbie was devastated. She was left with 3 little boys to bring up on her own. Her husband had believed in God and knew where he was going and told her so. When he died she spoke to God and told Him He was the only male influence left in the house now and she was going to have to depend on him. Time went past and she realized she needed more. She would ask God about it. Slowly more male mentors arrived in their lives – teachers and others she could trust her boys with. Then one day she remembered a radio station she’d been listening to some years before when working with a lady named Kathie of “A Clayton’s Secretary”. She went to her radio and kept twisting the dial till she found the station and has been listening to it ever since. I think she said it’s been 3 years and it really has helped her in her journey and she’s found God.
I missed the original of this message but it was replayed on the radio last night and I felt both honoured and blessed that I am a part of this lady’s testimonial.
You just never know what things you do will bless others and touch their lives in a very deep and long-lasting way. For me it was simply having a radio on in the background when Debbie worked for me some years ago. I don’t do outright witnessing but rather wait for people to ask questions and I answer them. I probably told her which church I go to and might have mentioned a few other things. I can’t remember. But what she remembered was the radio station.
The bible tells us all sorts of things about friends and friendship and how we need to be around people and the light we shine for others to see. It’s not just in our actions, i.e. the things we do physically and personally, but it’s also about what we surround ourselves with and how people view us in our own environment, that is within our own homes. It’s not the messy room, it’s not how beautiful or how drab the home, but it is about how people are made to feel and the environment they are within. Debbie was in a place where God was mentioned often on the radio as a normal part of every day life – something I was used to and just hadn’t realized how it might affect another.
Proverbs 31:27: She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.