Today is the birthday of one of my daughters. My wife and I rejoice in the life of Tabitha, and we can see the same spirit of impact in her life as we see in the life of the woman in Scripture named Tabitha, for whom she was named.
"In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. She was always doing good works and acts of charity. In those days she became sick and died. After washing her, they placed her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and sent two men to him who begged him, 'Don’t delay in coming with us.' So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him to the room upstairs. And all the widows approached him, weeping and showing him the robes and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Then Peter sent them all out of the room. He knelt down, prayed, and turning toward the body said, 'Tabitha, get up!' She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And Peter stayed on many days in Joppa with Simon, a leather tanner."
I see my daughter in this story. She is sacrificial as she helps others without concern for herself. This is a blessing in my life. I'm sure you know people like the Tabitha of the Bible, or you may be one yourself. Some people live their life in such a way that there is a void of service when they are gone, and people find it difficult to live without them.
You may not have a Tabitha in your life. But live your own life in such a way that people miss you when you are gone. I can't guarantee that someone will raise you from the dead, but I will tell you that your life lived for Christ and toward others can point them to the God who empowers your life.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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