“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Easter, KZone camps, Country Fair, Women’s Bible study, Christmas—just to name a few of the many occasions for which our church family provides shiny, colorful, informational invitation cards to freely pick up and give out.
My habit is to pick up 5-10 cards and keep them in my purse so that in my daily routines, I can be ready to invite whenever and whomever the Holy Spirit prompts. I’ve handed out these cards over the years to everyone from family to neighbors, friends, and especially those I encounter at various places I shop. Those are the ones that are the hardest to deliver. It’s not that I don’t have faith or believe it will make a difference, but honestly, my routine is usually the same, accompanied with the same internal dialogue.
It goes something like this: “I’m not sure if you already have a church or have plans, but I go to Little Country Church and we are having a special service on Easter if you are interested!” (Then I hand them a card with a smile, which is received by an obligatory and polite “thank you” or “oh yes, maybe! I’ll think about it.”)
Inside, I’m thinking, “They probably won’t come. They probably already have plans or another church or are irritated that I’m even talking to them about this.”
Anyone else have this experience?
But nonetheless, I continue to follow through handing the special cards each season, year after year. I never know what the outcome might be, but I know it is important to share opportunities that may lead others in our community to a place where restoration through Christ can happen!
This past Christmas season, I received my Christmas miracle when I believe God let me in on a glimpse of what can happen when we are faithful to obey. I met a young gentleman (I’ll call him Francisco for anonymity) during a shopping trip to make a video game purchase for my family. He was very courteous, and we exchanged small talk including the fact that he reminded me of a cousin of mine. At the end of the transaction, I proceeded to invite him to Christmas Eve with my normal scripted process. He mentioned that his church was having a special caroling service that night. I replied with enthusiasm how wonderful it was that he had a home church and that I hope he enjoyed the service. That was that, and I left after thanking him for his help.
Tomorrow I will conclude my story!
Heavenly Father, thank You for our church family and the resources You provide to help us in furthering Your kingdom. I pray that You will continue to bring others into this gentleman’s path that will draw him closer to You.