It's Five Minute Friday! Click through the link for the details, but the basic idea is this: Write for five minutes, then click Publish. No major editing, no perfectionism.
Today's writing prompt is BLOOM.
Probably everyone has heard the expression, "Bloom where you are planted." I think this is a wonderful approach to life. Even the apostle Paul thought so:
Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. ... Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. (1 Corinthians 17a, 24)
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We live in a mission field. We are surrounded by a diverse community which includes many who don't believe in Jesus as Savior. They're everywhere. We have witnessing opportunities at the grocery store, the post office, and in our own neighborhoods.
I just mentioned to my friend Meri that one of our neighbors is observing Ramadan. She said, "I smell a witnessing opportunity ...." (Whether I'm bold enough to take that challenge is a topic for another day!)
Our church serves the community in important ways, by providing meals for the hungry, clothes for the needy, and support for those in challenging situations. This allows us to show the love of Christ to people who may not know Him.
Finding ministry opportunities within the church is a beautiful thing, but we have other options. We can smile at, chat with, and help people in the grocery store. (Ever had someone ask, "Can you reach that for me?") We can serve with community organizations or we can donate to charitable organizations. In those settings we may not be able to talk openly about Jesus, but we can show His love.
So bloom where you are planted! Wherever you are, opportunities abound.
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