Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Being the Local News


"Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." (Mark 5:19)


Somehow we always seem to think that God expects monumental things from us when it comes to making a difference in this world. We stand in awe of friends who have traveled to places like Africa or China or India to perform acts of compassion and share hope with those in desperate need.


Yet, no life, regardless of the circumstances, is without the need for eternal hope. Every soul, whether living in a mansion in Malibu or a hut in Honduras, has equal value in God's economy. That makes each of us a missionary starting at home.


It's been said that no one can argue with your personal story. That's the one item that cannot be debated by those who would be nay-sayers. If your life has been transformed, share that experience with others close to you. Look for opportunities to let people know what God is doing in your life. Let your behavior be a wordless witness to the blessings you've received, drawing others to seek what you have.


Be mindful that you are a living and breathing message to everyone with whom you come into contact. Are you a positive message or a negative one? Who are you a message to? Other parents of children with special needs? PTA members? Fellow factory workers? Bowling team members?


Once your news is delivered, pray for those you've come into contact with. They may completely reject what you have to say -- Jesus experienced no less. But you will have been found faithful in God's eyes, sharing His good news of hope in your little piece of the world.

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