By: Cathy Hill
In a recent sermon based on Jeremiah 29, I was hearing how God had placed the Israelites in their current circumstances for his own reasoning. He encouraged them to go about daily life, to “make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare.” (Jer 29:7, The Message) I was encouraged to think about where I have been placed for this season of my life and how I could make a difference in my community and work for the welfare of others.
So I considered my various “communities”: family, church, neighborhood, Pilates class… and then it hit me: RYFO is also one of my communities. It’s something God has called me to, where I am, at this point in my life, and it’s a place I can make a difference because of the gospel. I began to consider the ways that my RYFO ministry can have an impact within the music industry.
I can make my home available as a place for road-weary musicians to rest. I can offer you a bed instead of a backseat. I can offer you showers instead of WalMart wash basins. I can offer a hot meal instead of a cold Lunchable. By opening my front door, I can provide you with comforts of home that you miss while traveling in your van.
I can be a listening ear when someone needs to vent. I can give advice (when asked!). I can talk about things other than the next venue or the last load-out (though I can also talk about those too).
I can offer a hug to a weary soul, I can stitch up your ripped jacket, I can dole out Tylenol and EmergenC.
I can take you to my chiropractor, my mechanic and my favorite pizza place.
I can keep in touch with you. I can be a friend along the road so that your next stop in my town feels like a homecoming.
And I can pray. With you. For you. Before you arrive. After you leave. Along the road.
God has called me to serve you and I am blessed to do so.