I spend a good bit of time “seeking” before I write my posts. I let ideas stew in my mind while I ponder, “What story of faith should I share?” It’s not always an outright prayer, but, all the same, I’m asking for His guidance as I prepare.
Sometimes the answer is obvious.
Sometimes, current events send me in a different direction.
Today, as I sat down and began to form this post, a knock came at the door. I peered through the window. Two ladies dressed for church smiled back at me. Jehovah’s Witnesses regularly visit our neighborhood, so I wasn’t surprised to see them. I spoke with them for a few moments and explained that I was in the midst of writing my post for my faith-based blog.
Why mention this?
I am willing to change direction if I feel the Spirit prodding me to do so. This unexpected visit prompted me to change topics and write about reaching out to others.
We have many ways to reach people and share our faith. My blog is one of the ways I do this. I, also, have my speaking ministry. This is how I reach out to people.
That doesn’t mean I don’t seek one-on-one opportunities. I do, but my approach is different. I’m not the kind of person who knocks on a stranger’s door to preach the Word to them.
Some people respond to that person who shows up at the door. Some people find and follow my blog because of the topics I’ve discussed. Some people hear me speak because they happen to be wherever I am speaking at the time.
What is my point?
Jesus instructed us to shine His light no matter where we are.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
We don’t have to step far out of our comfort zone to shine His light. He might ask that of you, but He gave each of us gifts that allow us to evangelize and share. For some of you, your actions shine His light. For others, it’s your words. In all cases, He is there to help us. How does He guide you to shine His light?
So, next week’s post will be what I planned to write about today…unless God tells me otherwise.
For now, shine God’s love and mercy over all who cross your path.