I mentioned today I was a bit bummed I had to miss church for the first time in over a year. Thankfully for technology and my loving, caring, and compassionate Mother, she called my boyfriend and I so we could hear the entire sermon.
Talk about a sermon that is just spot on! And I know it wasn’t just for me. But I sure could take a decade’s worth of wisdom from it. I’m away in Texas for work this month. Today Pastor’s theme was on traveling.
Paraphrased, “When you’re traveling never assume you are outside of your persona. Ppl know who you are wherever you go.” – Pastor Harold Bare, http://www.covenantchurch.net
(By the way, his weekly sermon is online to be shared with anyone at anytime).
Some may ask what he is getting at. Well have you ever noticed when you’re sitting on a plane next to someone who happens to live behind your home church but has no church of their own and has lived in your town for 3 years and you just find yourself talking about your testimony? No coincidence.
What about when you are in line of a restaurant about to cuss the server out for messing up your order and out walks a fellow member of your church from the back? Suddenly your tone changes. 😉
How about when you are more than 24hrs of driving distance away in an unfamiliar area and your shuttle driver reaches in to you and says in a very strong Caribbean accent, God is good isn’t he and smiles like he could see right into your soul? 🙂
You get my drift and yes those are all personal moments or reminders since I’ve been on my trip. God is with me and I am with him. Even miles away from my home.
Today Pastor touched on Psalm 86:15
But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. (Psalms 86:15 NLT)
If my heart could be anymore transparent I’d think I were a ghost!
We as Christians are meant to live our lives following Christ and treating others as Christ treats us.
Pastor talked about how we are so quick to say others can get a job, or work hard like us, or raise their kids better etc. I am so guilty of this!
I recent took the gifts class and test. WHICH CHANGED MY LIFE AND WAY OF THINKING FOREVER.
My lowest score was in compassion. I can sell anything rather naturally as many know, and I love to jab. I’m far from organized and could care less about sympathy.
Believe me I live daily thinking I can do anything and others should motivate themselves to feel that way too. But it isn’t always so. And sometimes it takes the very gift I don’t have to reach deep in someone’s heart and find what is stopping them or holding them back.
God gave me a gift to motivate and being away he has taught me I need motivation too. And TONS of patience.
I have had ppl ask me why do I feel the need to use FB for “preaching.”
Same way one might use it to “turn up” and prove they live by the motto “YOLO.”
I live to share Christ. I have ever since He found me.
I’ve made friends on FB that I would not otherwise meet. I’ve gone to ppl and had ppl come to me with a private message as simple as “Hi” and talked for hours about Jesus.
This is of absolute no favor to me. But I have asked God to use me to bring others to salvation. He has had complete strangers reach out to me and ask me to walk them through how to ask Him into their hearts. Pray with them about things they’ve never told anyone.
I love what I do.
YES I AM A FB CHRIST CRUSADING JUNKIE!
I am thankful to come up in a generation capable of virtually reaching out to others. However, It doesn’t stop here. I spend hours studying in-person conversation. (You have to in order to succeed in my career line). I But through it, I’ve learned that reading a book about how to talk to ppl, taught me how to share Jesus. I follow hundreds of preachers and Christian public speakers online, but I know and appreciate the value of sitting front row of my church. Today would have definitely been a day I would want to go for alter call. But I’m thankful God laid this blog on my heart instead.
Today, Pastor said,
“There are ppl who need what Jesus can do for them.”
I knew such beforehand, but it is truly a rather loud and ringing wake up call to hear it!!
THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE THAT DON’T KNOW HIM!!
We jump in glory and live our happy saved lives and there is someone crying in their closet praying they could die just like I once did and I have to find them. How dare I live with a peace and not share it?!
So while my FB posts are ever so annoying to come across in a feed and trust me I do notice what attention the different levels of entertainment I provide gets. (It’s hard not to coming from a modeling industry where 100 likes made you the beauty of the day).
I seldom get replies or shares on blogs such as this. But that ONE person who needed to hear it. That ONE soul that needed saving. God will reach. All I have to do is write. God bless GP.