Pursuing gospel living is proving to be a challenge for me. Why? Because I too often get caught up thinking about all the things I can’t do.
The reality of my life right now is, I’m primarily a wife and mother. My day revolves around the eating, sleeping and pooping of a beautiful 19 month old boy who absolutely melts my heart. A boy who reminds me to pray before meals, reaches for me in the grocery store aisle to steal a hug, and requires my constant attention for his most basic needs.
And I love it. Don’t get me wrong. I really love being his mom.
But it does mean that I don’t have a lot of daytime hours to pursue my #gospelliving challenge the way I would if I weren’t a pregnant mama. I can’t just go and spend an afternoon serving soup at a local soup kitchen. One day, yes, but not today. I can’t simply drop everything to have an in depth, lengthy conversation with every person I come across who looks hurt, lost, lonely. There are many things I can’t do.
But today I was reminded to focus on what I CAN do.
As I was making Cohen’s lunch, the local Christian radio station was playing in the background. The DJ talked about how a local mission is reaching out to the homeless during the incredibly cold deep freeze, currently covering our city (-44 with the wind this morning!). And she talked about how this mission was accepting donations of winter jackets, boot, hats, gloves, etc.
So tonight as I sat and reflected on gospel living, I thought, “this I CAN do”.
This Wednesday morning I have a babysitter coming to watch Cohen so why not gather together all our extra winter gear, and maybe some from family and friends, and bring it to the mission? Why not walk through the open door right in front of me instead of lamenting at the ones which remain closed?
We can all do something to live out the gospel this week. And it doesn’t have to look like what everyone is doing. My pastor recently challenged me to go with him and a few others to a downtown bar to just meet people and share God’s love with them. But guess what? That’s not what gospel living looks like for me right now. As much as I would love to do this kind of bold outreach, the season of my life doesn’t permit it. However, instead of feeling bad about this, I want to embrace what I CAN do.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40
I’d love to hear your ideas. What can YOU do this week to live out the gospel? Please feel free to share your thoughts here so we can all encourage one another.