We recently had a few friends over for the holidays. The house was decorated and my husband wanted to cook so we invited a few people over for dinner. Everything was very last minute, nothing really planned. Most of the guests who came were called the day of the dinner party. We used paper everything - please don’t tell my mom! I didn’t even have a dessert ready; we just ate the delicious treats that our guests graciously brought. Truth be known, I did not even vacuum or sweep the floors (gasp!) and guess what, despite the lack of planning or cleaning we had a great time. We enjoyed visiting and fellowshipping with our friends and not one of them minded the unswept floors or the last minute invitations, or if they did they were too sweet to say anything. I love my friends!
All of this started me thinking about how much time I spend thinking about or “getting ready” to spread the Word of Christ. I always seem to need one more Bible study before I feel confident enough to share with someone; or it never seems to be the right time. I’m so busy planning and “shining” myself up to get ready that most of the time I end up doing nothing. Although the intentions are good, I often fall short. We all know where the road paved with good intentions leads. The lost opportunities are probably staggering.
So, my prayer for 2014 is to be intentional about my witness. More last minute dinner parties, if you will. I would like to spend my time “doing and being” Christ for others rather than studying and getting ready to be like Him. Join me on my walk with Christ and maybe we could help each other.
“… Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
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