Thursday, April 8, 2010

Missions + Intentional = Missional

Hey Everybody,

While our sons were warming up before their baseball game, we moms had congregated on the bleachers to talk. As usual, our conversations were interrupted with smatterings of cell phone rings, but when one gal, Amanda, answered her phone, it was obvious something was wrong. With tears streaming down her face, she sobbed, “My dad just had a heart attack! He’s in Las Vegas on vacation with my mom!” Her voice was rising with panic. “How am I going to get there? What am I going to do?”

“Amanda,” I said, putting my arm around her, “first, let’s pray.” Now, here's the thing: I had never prayed for Amanda before or had any kind of spiritual discussion with her. But prayer was all I knew to do! With this woman literally falling to pieces before my eyes, I did not have time to consider how she might receive my suggestion, or what the other moms might think. I just knew she desperately needed God’s help. As the two of us bowed our heads, however, an amazing thing happened. Other moms quietly joined us! It seemed they came from all corners of the ball park! Women were surrounding us, murmuring prayers and covering Amanda with the comfort of Christ’s love. When we were finished, she was thinking clearly and ready to tackle her father’s illness with newfound strength.

How do you live a missional life?

You pray with and for people who are hurting. You prepare meals. You step in to situations and circumstances when God nudges you. Caring for others in a way that shares the genuine love of Christ and seeks to meet needs wherever you can is the missional lifestyle. Moms live lives of missions and ministry every day, caring for family and friends, praying for co-workers, and building relationships in all aspects of their journeys. God can use every connection as an opportunity to share His love with the people you know—and with strangers, too.

Ask God for open doors and for the courage to walk through them.

Rebecca

3 comments:

Kris @ WUHS and Eclipsed said...

Wow! That was a very touching post. I love when God lets us see Him work.

Mandi Brown said...

It took me a long time to learn that I had 2 (now 3) very important people to witness to everyday! I always thought that because most of my days were spent at home only with my children I couldn't be a "real" witness to people. Then I learned that the TRUTH. I have the opportunity to witness to people even if I never leave my house.

Rebecca Ingram Powell said...

Thanks, Kris!

Mandi--I love the way you said that!

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