In a sense, it’s my gift to Him. But to tell you the truth, I’ve failed in many ways. Some days I’ve become impatient with my kids, been impolite to people, or not shown love to those who need it most. As much as I desire to give my best to God, my best just isn’t good enough no matter how hard I try. But you know what? Just like I felt my little student’s love through her unpleasant gift, God looks at my broken, stained, and pathetic gift of service, and He sees right into my heart. He knows my motives, and He can
see my eyes looking up at Him, just longing to show Him my love. Psalm 103:13, 14 says, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (NIV). God’s benevolence surpasses our mistakes; His love fills up our brokenness, and His sacrifice covers our failed attempts at showing Him love. Just like the story of my student, our love behind the gifts we give God are more important than the gifts themselves.
Teaching my neighbor kids basic English in our free class.
Saying one last goodbye to my beloved students on the last day of school.
Making new friends on the streets of Timor-Leste.
Receiving student missionary packages from Walla Walla University.
This year I’ve learned that if I give my best for God, if I give Him my all, He will use it to His glory. And for me, that’s reason enough to keep giving Him my broken gifts. Originally from the United States, Julia McEdward spent the past year as a volunteer teacher in Timor-Leste. She is earning a degree in education at Walla Walla University.
Our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering for third quarter 2015 helped build
the school where Julia taught in Timor-Leste. Until then, there wasn’t a single Adventist school in the entire country! Meet some of the students who faced a difficult decision between following Jesus and getting an education in the video stories “Tough Choice,” m360.tv/s1535, and “School Challenges,” m360.tv/s1636.