for almost a month we have been entering into an exciting new realm for many christ followers at new venture. we are learning how to extricate ourselves from our circles of comfort and enter into the realm of the unknown. we are discovering how to take some walks across rooms and reach out hands and arms of friendship and acceptance to all kinds of people, people who might be living life far from god. we are reacquainting ourselves with how to discover the stories of others and extend ourselves to serve them in some way.
hopefully our openness will open doors to some spiritual conversations. god’s heart beats for those who are living away from him. he wants them to find him and the forgiveness and eternal hope he offers all people. and the way they find out about his love and care is often through christ followers who are willing to take walks across rooms, across streets, across office buildings, across ball fields or whatever.
do you have a just walk across the room story to share? have you stepped outside your comfort zone and entered into the zone of the unknown lately and would like to share it to encourage others to take similar walks? i would really like to hear your story and i think a lot of other readers would also.
let me share one of mine. we have neighbors who just had their first child. he is just a couple months old. they are a great new family. they have been living across from us for about a year and a half. we have talked and gotten to know each other in a casual sort of way. two days ago i took a step that extended sharon (my wife) and me into their life in a deeper manner. i offered our services to care for their son if they ever need child care and were not able to find any. i need a little practice holding an infant anyhow, since we have a new grandchild and another on the way. i hope we get taken up on the offer.
now, what’s your story? how have you taken a walk to show acceptance, friendship or service to someone lately. and what kind of response did you receive?
by the way, all the messages in this “just walk across the room” series are available from our website.