Mostly, my blogs are about what God is doing in India. However, these blogs are about what God is doing in me)
As I stumbled along trying to minister to the pastors in India, something totally unexpected happened. Going to India each year sets an example to others to reach out and serve in whatever way God leads them – if I can do it, they can do it!
I don’t intentionally think about setting an example. I prefer to go through life unnoticed and not draw attention. We are all noticed, good or bad. Your life WILL touch others. I’d like nothing better than to see more Christians leave their comfort zone to reach out in obedience and service.
Call to Courage, by Brene Brown, encourages people to stay in the arena of life and chose courage over comfort. This is a conscious choice when everything in us wants normalcy, peace and predictability. Ever since the Garden of Eden we are in pursuit of security. Stepping out into an adventurous and potentially dangerous unknown, as the will of God, requires a trust and history of provision from the Father. But you are never safer than being in the center of God’s will for your life.
Now I am more attentive and aware of setting a good example. I want to positively influence my neighbors, friends, grandchildren and those I meet. It’s a great way to let Jesus’ light shine. Anyone can do it. If I can, so can you! You ARE an example to others, it’s just a matter of what kind of example.
Matthew 5:14-15 “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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Who has been a good example to you in your life? Thank them for it.
Who do you come in contact with in life? Do you reflect Jesus’ love to them? Would they be surprised to know you are a Christian? Ask God to help you remember others notice.