Sep 25 2013

Your mission (should you choose to accept it)

If you came into contact with anyone today (your kids, your spouse, your neighbor, your coworkers-ANYONE!) you are a missionary!! If you are like me and you think of a third world country with small huts, flies, dirty water, and starvation surrounding you when you think of missionaries, thats a hard concept to grasp. But the truth is you are a missionary exactly where you are to those you come across everyday.

When I moved here just over 3 years ago one of the first people I met was Alonzo. He’s the lead maintenance guy at my apartment complex. He is very quiet but very sincere and one of those people you'd have to search for a reason not to like. He has worn many hats in my life! Impromptu counselor, snake chaser, air conditioner fixer, hot water bringer, and friend. Whatever hat he's wearing he puts his whole heart into it,with kindness, and gentleness. 
I just found out his last day is tomorrow. He is moving the whole family out of state. I am sad to see him go but thankful he has been in my life. It is quite clear he sees his everyday duties as his mission field. I want to live more like my friend Alonzo! On purpose. On fire. On a mission!

"And then he (God) told them, "Go into all the world and share the Good News with everyone. Mark 16:15 


 

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Aug 21 2013

Who is in your reach?

When news broke yesterday afternoon that shots had been fired at an Atlanta area elementary school, families immediately braced for the worst. Thankfully that’s not how it turned out. No one was shot. No one was hurt. And the young man who fired multiple rounds at police officers is now in custody. The schools bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, is being called a hero for talking the young man into surrendiring himself. She shared some of her own hard times, she told him she loved him, and she prayed for him. As they talked he told her he had no reason to live because nobody had ever loved him.


What he did was absolutely wrong and horrible and scary but in that one simple statement my heart hurt for him. His mom passed away when he was young and somehow he slipped between the cracks. If you’re like me you hear stories like this and think “didn’t anyone around him notice he needed a friend?” "Didn’t anyone try to get him help before it got this serious?!" But then something interrupts my thoughts…who is in my own neighborhood, my own reach, that I could extend an arm to but don’t take the time to notice? Who is someone around me that just needs someone to believe in them? Makes me want to look a little more closely at the people God puts in my path everyday. You never know when your time, your encouraging words, your listening ears could be just the reminder someone needs. The reminder they are wanted, they are worthy, and they are loved.

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Life Changing Good Deeds
Aug 17 2012

Life Changing Good Deeds

6 Good Deeds that Could Change Your Life. Shine from YAHOO!

Help someone stay in the game: somebody's got to win "After combing through 53 pieces of paper included in a Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes, I found the correct information to send in Aunt Tessie's sweepstakes form." - October 24th Enter someone you care about into a contest but don't tell them you've submitted their information. If they win, they'll be so touched that you thought of them, and if they don't, they'll be none the wiser!

Make a big deal out of something little
"Geez, remember how big a deal it was to get your Halloween costume when you were little? How many times you tried it on (store-bought or handmade) beforehand? And then, the biggest worry of all: Would your parents make you wear a sweater over it?
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