I knew a woman once. A widow in fact.
She was kind, easy to talk to, and a great church going woman.
Her local church leader would come visit her at least once a week. He would talk to her for while and share spiritual thought or two with her.
"Is there anything I can do for you, Karen?" He asks.
"No, I'm fine thanks." She would respond.
This church leader noticed that things seemed to be consistently taken care of: garbage taken out every week, lawn mowed, pets fed (yes, even the 3 stray cats that would come by daily), dishes washed, clothes hung to dry....it was all done.
"Can I help vacuum or dust?"
"No, it's fine. Sally did it."
On his walk home one day this church leader thought, "Who is this Sally person? She's doing everything, and she's putting me to a little bit of shame as Karen's leader."
He found out some time later that Sally had moved Karen into her house.
"That's IT! I have to meet this Sally woman."
As he walked into to Sally's home, he noticed pictures on the walls. Grand kids, late husband, marriage photos, they were all there. Sally was not a part of this man's faith, and as he began speaking to her, he couldn't help himself-he had to ask,
"Why did you move Karen into your home? Why do you shovel her walk, take out her trash, and feed those 3 stray cats for her?"
Sally looked at him a bit puzzled.
"Well...she needs it. It's what you do-isn't it?"
Isn't that interesting--for some we have to be given a position or an assignment to be a friend and a neighbor, and then we don't do it.
Sally did those things because that's who she is. She just does that.
I think that is the heart of conversion.
It is not just to do....it is to be.