I wake up. Stumble to the Coffee, throw some Eggo waffles into the toaster oven for the wee ones. Don’t worry. We are healthy the rest of the day. (lie)
I get my kids looking like they are off to a Preppiest Kids Contest, while I’m rocking my yoga gear, yesterday’s eye-liner and pony tail. I drop off kids and wait for a bestie to call me around 8:15. I call another bestie around 9:00 am and I carry out my day.
It’s full of chaos, giggles, and crying and laundry…dreaded laundry. This is my life and the life of most of my friends. It’s my world in a bubble. I love my bubble.
I was listening to Matt Chandler one morning and he said, “If everyone you love , loves Jesus, then you don’t love enough people.”
Matt Chandler…I don’t have the time, energy, or brain space to love anyone else in my life right now.
But his words did sting a little…
What’s a Jesus loving girl to do with the call of evangelism with all this laundry to do and tea parties to be had? I don’t say those things jokingly…they are important! My family needs clean laundry. My wee tots need me to play with them.
It is good and righteous to serve God by serving your family and raising children and encouraging your friends.
But is there a way to stretch our bubble to include those who don’t love Jesus at the same time?
The answer is YES! And it’s awesome preparation for our lives in Christ when we do have the freedom to intentionally love others outside our bubbles.
Y’all might think I’m crazy, but I learned to do this in the grocery store. If you can separate yourself from your situation in the grocery store…meaning screaming kids…and take a look around, you will see all kinds of people that aren’t in your bubble.
You will see people who are like you and unlike you. You will find the sick and the hungry, the angry and the hurting. You’ll see the young and old. You will see the workers and customers. It can give you some insight OUT of your world. You will see all kinds of people who, like you; need Jesus.
I starting praying when I’d go to the grocery store. I go all the time, so it somewhat birthed a habit of prayer in my life. It would be simple, Lord, go before me. Then I started looking around and simply praying for people in my head.
I swear people think I set up a prayer booth everywhere I go. I don’t.
This practice allowed me time to get OUT of my head….get OUT of my bubble and try to see other people. Put myself in their shoes..in a way.
Then I’d pray for the lady with the screaming kid. And I’d pray for the old man cutting the meat, and the young kid working his first job. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was creating a habit for prayer in my everyday life.
Prayer stretches the bubble of our lives because it connects us to the source that has no limits.
Our bubbles limit us. Be it the season of our lives or whatever, it does limit us to who we can love and serve in Jesus name.
It’s really really hard to even find time to THINK about other people, much less invest the time to get to know them and pour Jesus into them.
I love my bubble, but we are called to love people in Jesus name. As Christ’s ambassadors, we should be compelled by Christ’s love to share the gospel. Evangelism is important.
Prayer moves Heaven into Earth. Praying for people is loving people. Prayer is evangelism.
Do you struggle living inside your bubble? Do you find it difficult to even think about God, much less share the gospel?
Then Pray. I don’t care who you are, anyone can pray. Ask God to help you become Heaven minded. Take a few seconds before you walk into the grocery store to take a deep breath and pray. You never know what this little practice will create in your walk with the Lord. You might even make a new friend to love accidentally. It’s happened to me a couple of times, I pray it happens to you.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your love for us. Thank you for the people you have placed in our lives to love and serve. Help us and give us the hearts to see others outside our bubble. Help us to become heaven minded and begin to see the needs in other’s life. I ask you increase our love for the people you love and help me to see how you want me to serve them in this stage of my life. Thank you for Jesus. You are everything.
In Jesus name,