A word from my love, Brenda, who is guest blogging all this week. -g
just BE. you
as you reflect on this series and colossians 4.5-6 in these next days (in your home, work, family – normal, every-day life):
1) focus your attention totally on others’ needs/wants and on the Holy Spirit’s agenda
2) pray for open doors
3) SEE everyone through the eyes of Jesus (the barista, co-workers, family, cashier,
neighbors, mechanic, homeless person asking for help, etc)
4) respond with love, grace, mercy, compassion (be like pure salt)
5) “walk across the room” and engage someone you don’t know/know well
journal your results daily:
- how did you feel when you did this?
- what opportunities did you have? or become aware of when you LOOKED for them?
- what did you do differently than usual?
- how did you hear/experience the Holy Spirit? (promptings, things that “popped” into yourmind, Bible verses, etc)
- was it difficult? uncomfortable? costly? inconvenient?THEN as you ponder:
A) is the Gospel the “main thing”?
B) do your priorities line up with the heart of God?
C) what ARE you living for? do your words and actions align?
D) do you prize people enough to share the Good News with them?
E) what do you want your life to have been about? (things or people)
F) how you could expand your “everyday life” to include (and influence) those that don’t know Jesus or haven’t yet said yes to the Jesus way…to just walk across the room
G) how you could take what you’re already good at and shift your motivation to things that are eternal (people, souls) instead of temporal (stuff you can’t take with you)…
H) what it looks like to give every aspect of your life to the grander vision of radical inclusion: saying “YES” to people – to SEEING everyone and focusing on the fact that each one is a child of God and worthy of being redeemed…
“the Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.” john stott