Friday, July 18, 2014

Bloom Where You're Planted #FMFParty


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.

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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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I'm a stay-at-home mom in suburban New Jersey.  That doesn't seem like much of a place to bloom for the Lord.  I've heard people here say, "I want to be a missionary," and hear, in response, "Do you think you have to go far away to do that?"

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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Click through the link at the top of this post for more Five Minute Friday.  Have a blessed weekend!

4 comments :

  1. I love that you shared how we can talk to people at the stores. It is something I try to be intentional in. I like to look in their eyes, say their name and speak to them when I remember. I've always appreciated this small act and hope that in some small way, they can hear the voice of God as their name is spoken.

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  2. I love this. This is such an important reminder, especially as a mom. I often feel like there is no room in my life for "big ministry" because I spend so much of my time caring for my children. Thank you for reminding me that God has important work for me to do, even in this busy season.

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  3. What a great #fmfparty post. Wow! And so encouraging!

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  4. an article about our football coach:

    http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/poo-pa-richt-juggles-grandfather-football-duties/nghNB/

    My favorite part:

    “People always come up to me and say, ‘Coach, whenever you retire, we think you’re going to go off and do mission work,’ and stuff like that,” he said. “But I say there’s not a greater mission than college athletics and being the head coach at the University of Georgia. There’s so many young men and we get to touch their lives and the people they influence. That’s a mission in itself. Katharyn and I were talking about that the other day. There’s no greater mission than what we’re doing right now.”

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