I live next door to one of the pastors at my church, and I have learned so much from watching how he and his wife love on others Carolyn bakes cookies at Christmas time. Jorge mows the lawn for several people in the neighborhood.They open up the doors to their home and invite people in for a meal I often see them standing on a neighbor’s front door stoop having a chat.They live their lives on mission with such easy going transparency. Jesus lived a life of sacrificial friendship.He wasn’t in too much of a hurry to listen to someone’s story.He had eyes to see the hurting.He listened.He invited others in with genuine care.
I want to live a life that welcomes others in and points them to the Truth that will set them free. More and more, I am realizing that this will require me to intentionally move toward the lonely and the lost.
How about you? Do you want to join me on this purposeful mission to love others to Christ through friendship? Let’s begin by
Lyli Dunbar loves teaching. For 17 years, she mentored teenagers in the Christian school setting, and now she has serves as Associate Director of Curriculum at Trinity International University Florida. Lyli married her Prince Charming in her 40’s and has a heart for encouraging young couples and singles in God’s waiting room. She enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with women through Bible study, and reading way too many books. Lyli writes about life lessons and faith on her personal blog. You may also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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4/1/2015 11:52:57 pm
So glad you were encouraged, Mary!
4/2/2015 06:48:17 am
Yes, friend! I love the wide expanse of ideas here - you don't have cook. Order take out.You don't have to stand on street corner - join a quilting club. I think sometimes we take Jesus' mission to us and turn it into this ornate thing. Then we shut down because we don't feel like we can do it. This encourages ALL of us to dig in and be Jesus to people in big and small ways.
4/4/2015 06:10:39 am
Thanks for sharing this! I am always looking for great ideas on how to engage neighbors and live more on mission, so this is a great encouragement. #RaRaLinkup
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