November 5, 2010

My Own Little World

There is GOODNESS in you.  
Contrary to worldly belief?  That goodness is not in there to satisfy our own wants and needs.  If only we could be fully aware of what it is that inside of us.

That goodness is there in ABUNDANCE so that we can GIVE IT share it with others.  God put it there.  He put His peace there so the world might KNOW Peace.  He put His grace there so that the world might KNOW Grace.  He put His Truth there so that the world might KNOW Truth.  He put His love there so that the world might KNOW Love.  All that goodness stored up inside of US-------for a purpose.   

That we might truly know Him, yes.  But for a GREATER purpose.
.....that the world might know Him.
I tell my children they may be the only gospel some may ever read.  The only Jesus some may ever see.  That when people look at THEM?  They are to see the One who can turn their world upside down and make it right.    The One who can do the extraordinary and the unimaginable!  The One who can give hope to the hopeless.  Wholeness to the broken.  Healing to the hurting.  Peace to the restless.  The One who can do miracles.  The One who can do the impossible.

You have something to give away.  Something to leave behind.

Today my daughter and I were at NTB having the oil changed on my vehicle.  An elderly man came into the waiting room and immediately my daughter began making conversation with him.  He sat on the edge of his seat.  He seemed eager for something.  He smiled as he soaked in all of her many words like a sponge.  He laughed as she talked.  We ended up ministering to that man.  She and I.  Her in her own little way and I in mine. 

He ended up buying her a sprite and himself a coke.  They both sat there side by side sipping their drinks.  As I sat there and looked at Abby's new friend I had to smile.  I thought of how many times we can be in a room full of people or even just ONE lonely soul and miss an opportunity to minister to them.  I doubt that man will forget her little face and the words we left behind with him.  How could one forget?  
After all---the word is ALIVE. 

Hebrews 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]

  We become so absorbed in the things that concern us and before we know it have come to the end of the day having given NOTHING away.  Pursuing what will only be of benefit to us.  

Colossians 3:1-2 So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.

And from HIS perspective?  We are to be BUSY about our Father's business.  Giving away what was meant to be given away.  Living our lives DELIBERATELY and ON PURPOSE.  

Everywhere we go.....sharing the abundance of our hearts with those around us. 

Always keeping open hands, open hearts and open door. 

And in the waiting room at NTB this morning I thought of the lyrics to Matthew West's song.  
I was reminded in that moment that life is not about me. It's not even about the things that are concerning me or hurting me.  It's about a greater purpose.  He has come that we might have life and have it ABUNDANTLY.  (John 10:10) 
Not just for us.  But to give away.  There's eternal significance to our life here on earth.  

If we open our eyes and are aware of what is outside our OWN little world?  
We'll see people hurting. 
People in need of just a smile.  
People desperate for some grace.  
People desperate for hope.  
People desperate to KNOW what it is to be FULLY alive.  
People who have never known JOY.  
People who have never known peace.  
There are plenty of people who need to hear it and enough of it to go around.

                               And we have it to give!

 My Own Little World
In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I’ve never gone hungry, always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world
Population: me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the plate, but I never give ’til it hurts
I turn off the news when I don’t like what I see
It’s easy to do when it’s
Population: me

What if there’s a bigger picture?
What if I’m missing out?
What if there’s a greater purpose
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world

when i Stopped at a red light, looked out my window
I saw a cardboard sign, said “Help this homeless widow”
And above that sign was the face of a human
and I thought to myself, “God, what have I been doing?”
So I rolled down the window and I looked her in the eye
i thought how many times have I just passed her by?
I gave her some money then I drove on through
And my own little world reached
Population: two

What if there’s a bigger picture?
What if I’m missing out?
What if there’s a greater purpose
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world

Father break my heart for what breaks Yours
Give me open hands and open doors
and Put Your light in my eyes and let me see
That my own little world is not about me

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