Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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This morning I read, "The world's questions, in fact, should help determine the evangelistic methodologies and expressions of the indigenous church." I sat back and wondered aloud..."What questions has the world asked me lately?" Here is my list:
  • You cleaned up crap in the parking lot?!!
  • You wear that to church?!!
  • How are you today?!!

And You told me to stop and think....what was I being asked?

  • You cleaned up crap in the parking lot?!! This was asked by 2 co-workers who I have shared my faith with. What they were really asking was, "What is different about you? You say you are a Christian, will you put your money where your mouth is? Is Jesus Christ for real?"
  • You wear that to church?!! Asked by my new sister-in-law who has been through alot in her life, and had just minutes before been horribly snubbed by my dad, her father-in-law. What she was really asking was, "Will you accept me just as I am? What is more important--how I look or who I am? What does Jesus Christ think of me...does He even?"
  • How are you today?!! Asked by the woman at the 7-11 counter where I stop every morning to buy a coke. She is asking what most of us ask, "Do you see me...do I matter? And, I realized that I know how old her only child is, what his favorite and least favorite subjects in school are, that he misses his friends from another state terribly, that they are all going to India next year, where they are going on vacation next week, and so much more. And in sharing little details of our lives, she has heard about Jesus Christ, Redeemer & King & that He loves her.

I have been intentional about developing relationships with each person mentioned here. I wanted to be available, in case they asked one of the BIG questions....and then You turned the light bulb on. They have been asking. And at the center of every question I have answered is....YOU! Jesus Christ, their Savior!!!

You are my joy

You are my Joy

You are my

JOY

& I'm lauging SO HARD!!!!!

Postscript: I was contemplating all this when I stopped to get my coke this morning. I walked in and instead of the usual, "How are you today?!!" my clerk friend pointed at the counter...there sat my usual order...and she smiled as she said, "I have been waiting for you!" I had to turn down an aisle because YOU...YOU took my breath away and I had to fight the tears and the temptation to get on my knees right there and then and worship You! You are holy...that is all I know!

15 comments:

Wallace D. said...

Wow, that is amazing!!

KayMac said...

wallace d....you are getting my girl, spears. i am coming out to meet you and your wife..who i hear are wonderful...to make sure she is taken care of on your lovely front porch!!

Sara said...

wow. you're my new hero. i just spent an hour over dinner telling my husband that i just want to be alone with a book. Christ just shook my heart and he used your blog. thank you.

Sherry said...

Sara--get alone with Stetzer's "Planting Missional Churches."

Also, it was nice being your hero while it lasted.

Becky said...

nothing else to say. it's been said. love you.

KayMac said...

Sara,..coming from you..you have been my hero for months now!!!

Mike..you know you're everybody's hero..lol

Margie said...

Mike - you are my daughter's hero... she tells that lying sermon you gave to EVERYONE!!

I think this is the first time I've ever read your blog, it will be an everyday occurance. It moved me.

Sara - you're my hero!

Peta said...

Dear Kathy, all I can say is... "wow" :)

Mike: oh, it really seems you're everybody's hero. I'm afraid I'll get addicted! Anyway, I'll risk that and go to read some of your blog now :)

Random Rich said...

That is so cool! You are right on target. Doesn't it feel good to be free enough with our faith to just be ourselves and not feel the pressure of feeling like you HAVE to witness verbally to everyone you meet all the time. Our lives speak volumns to those around us. You are having an impact on all those you meet. Don't you dare ever doubt it. You are trying to reach people right where they live. You, my dear, are a blessing!

Peta said...

Kathy, I was wondering...are you at My Space? I don't really feel like joining these two "worlds" of Blogger and My Space, so I don't want to post a link here, but just say yes or no and I'll give you my email or something so I could let you know :) I mean, in the case you want to meet there, of course... :)

KayMac said...

Peta, I don't have MYSPACE, but my daughter does, so I am sure she could hook me up. Here is my email: kaymc550@gmail.com

KayMac said...

Margie...see you on your site

KayMac said...

becky...how did i miss you. love you tons.

DT said...

Great post Kathy.

JT said...

so i thought i posted to this, but i didnt' see it pop up. so i'll just say again that i loved this posting. You shine your light so bright and I pray that I will always remember to live my life like that.