Switch foot- We were meant to live…
Every year as one ends and one begins, I am faced with some of the same questions…world view-Why can’t we all just get along??, where does it say in the Bible that being sanctified actually means nerdy??, why is evangelism offensive and does it need to be that way??
I am just an ordinary girl, and loving Jesus to me is extraordinary. But being approachable is huge to me. I would not have ever reached for Jesus if it had not been for a few very approachable people. I was stumbling along the last few days in cyber space at my usual haunts. Friendly Christian (on my side bar) has opened some doors for me to meet cyber space approachable people who allow me to ask questions, and make friendships with out drawing lines that keep all Christians on one side and all others on the other side. But while I was visiting there I came across a very intriguing site http://offthemap.com/. Not totally sure what is up there, but they are on to something. “Evangelism without the additives”…maybe I just like the sound of it. Screaming in my face telling me I am going to hell never worked for me…but greater than that-my picture of Jesus isn’t like that either. He served the community, he was just an ordinary guy (no mention of a tie choking him), also very God. He loved on those that came across his path. Another site I have been checking out that is totally off the hook (that means good) is http://floatingaxhead.com/ this guy has really good points and seems to have the same type of thinking..I totally enjoy him.
I am thinking in the new year, if we could reach out to people by being people, not forgetting that we are saved by Grace, not of ourselves lest anyone should boast! Let’s try to just show Jesus to the world, and not so much what we think we have accomplished intellectually…honestly we haven’t accomplished anything that HE has not given anyway. I truly love the body of Christ, and I am praying this year we will become a true picture of who HE is, and how very beautifully HE reaches out to those most choose to ignore. Jesus loves the Losers and outcasts, and when they come to HIM-HE gives them a crown.
This is the year of remembering we were meant to live for so much more, have we lost ourselves…some where we live inside…
14 responses to “Life could be so much more”
AWESOME POST HERE!!!
There is so much more at stake than ourselves. Lives at risk of spending an eternity separated from God. Why isnt that enough to spur us to share the love of Christ and salvation? Tough lesson I’ve been going through–no one else has to look like me, act like me or be me. We’re made in the image of God, but yet each one of has such a different personality and tastes. God gave that to each of us. Why cant we respect those differences and love each person where they are?
You certainly stirred me up on this post.
It’s a great post.
Blessings in Christ–
I agree Shonda! Lives at risk – why isn’t that enough? great thought there!
Darla, i’m with you on being approachable! I have to be me – not some fortified, made up, pretend to be holier than thou artificial gospel sweetener. Whoa, i don’t know where that came from! Anyway, authenticity is more appealing than anything. I’m going for that this year!
Love you Princess!
sometimes I think too much, but this one keeps coming back to me..I have been praying for years that the Lord would help me find other believing women and men that are authentic, and real in their approach. THere is nothing wrong with the “nerdy” thing if you are seriously into that. But truthfully, alot of what I see around me is well meaning people but i am not sure what year they are all in…I just can’t picture Jesus saying, if you all don’t dress like me..well you have it all wrong.
God did provide you all for me, and I am blessed, and thrilled to call you my sisters!!!! Love you
I get all itchy just thinking Jesus may wake me up and tell me that I need to get my clothes at one of those ladies shoppes where the maniqans have no legs…LOL I would have to do it!! 😯
Darla, thanks for posting the link to Off The Map!
By the way, Off The Map’s approach to evangelism is discussed specifically on our Doable Evangelism site.
“if we could reach out to people by being people, not forgetting that we are saved by Grace”
Well said – and something we need to be reminded of often.
How how true!! Great post! I feel convicted! Thank you for sharing your heart.
I love this vision! And your heart for the Body of Christ!
Yes-approachable is the key.
Thanks for your real post.
Princess to princess,
Hi sweets….we just got home about an hour ago. Great post! We saw a lot of walking dead people, got to really get down to business! My head is so full as well as my spirit….I’ll have enough to share for several months I’m sure…We’re wiped, so just wanted to say hi and love you! Talk with ya soon! Me 🙂
Happy New Year, Darla. I think your post sortof sums up my resolutions for the year-to live in Christ-to be real. So much of faith living turns into focusing on behavior and how do I look and how do I look compared to…You know what I mean.
This was good food for thought.
Mornin’ Sunshine! I know! Ed’s back! I’ve missd him too! Bunny trails? Possibly…but I’ve had a lot of them over ob B’s blog!
The only that really is going to reach the folks of today is for those of us who are Christians to be real and authentic. It is not hard for people to spot the fakes among us.