To the person who thinks they have no impact, no opportunity to share their faith, their God...I thought so too, until I reframed my thinking!
God doesn't call us all to full-time missions but we are all missionaries. When we choose God, we check yes to that box. You don't have to be equipped to answer the call, He will equip the called.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
A beloved Pastor used to tell the story about how he would often go to McDonald's and he befriended the drive-through worker. One day, a particularly cold day, he noticed she didn't have any gloves and her hands were quite white. He determined that the next day he would go back with a pair of gloves for her and he did just that.
I was recently at Sonic for my Monday morning soda, Dr Pepper to be specific, and I noticed that the regular drive-through attendant had a raspy voice. I told her I hope she felt better and I'd be praying for her.
So the following Monday when I drove through, there she was again sounding a little bit better. I mentioned, I was glad she was feeling better. She said she actually wasn't and was headed to the doctor. I told her I hoped she got to feeling better soon and I appreciated she still had a sweet smile on her face. It was a simple opportunity to encourage her. I said a quick prayer for her as I left the drive through sipping my soda. Who knows where that relationship will go? Only God knows.
These stories didn't just impact the person behind the window, they had an impact for the person sharing, the kids in the backseat watching, the congregation listening to the story, the blog reader reading.
God is good. When we step out in obedience, God will take care of the impact.
What greater way for our kids to learn to love others well than by watching US love others well. More is caught than taught. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ.
Unless you live alone with no interaction with anyone or anything, you have an opportunity for impact. You were created for it. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep at night, every single day for as long as you live, God gives you opportunity. You simply have to be obedient to the call.
Look around you. What opportunities do you do you have? Your husband. Your kids. Your extended family. Your church family. Your kids school. The crossing guard. The mailman. Maybe it's not a drive-through worker but there are people needing to hear from God and your voice could be the avenue.
As you go about your life, remember you are here not to merely live, but to share the good news of Jesus. Let that be ever on your mind no matter where God calls you to or what you are doing. Let your actions speak the gospel.
Everyone needs encouragement as their shoulders sag from the grind of life. Would you want someone to withhold encouragement from you? Get out there, cultivate relationships, shine bright and serve Him well. We will never fully know this side of heaven the impact we were able to make for God.
Pray for opportunity and then get out there, live your life and make an impact for God!
Let your actions speak the words of the gospel...
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
How will you make an impact today? Are you ready? (the answer is yes ;)
Do yo have a story of how someone impacted you with their deeds and kindness? Share in the comments!
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