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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Social Saturdays

Let's take a minute and imagine it's Saturday morning. You just woke up to the sun shining on your sleepy face. How you spend the next 12-15 hours can tell a lot about you. If you're anything like me, a typical Saturday morning means pulling the sheets up to your chin, fluffing the pillows, and obsessing over a good book. Or you're the mom wondering how you'll survive 3 kids playing 5 games on 6 different fields (trust me, it gets that crazy sometimes...). How about this: do you take a jog around your favorite park? Do you work in your garden? Walk the dogs? Binge on Netflix?

Here's another question for you, though:

How often do you engage 
with people with the end goal of 
showing them 
the love of Jesus?
Saturday mornings are spent in many different ways. Whether you rush around with a To-Do List or sleep in after a hectic work week, life is hard. And it can be even harder incorporating an Acts 1:8 mentality into your daily lifestyle.

Here are 3 simple steps toward using moments in your everyday life to share the love of Jesus.

1. LOOK -
Look for ways to open up to people. In a world surrounded by technology, people are conversationally starved. The neighbor mowing his lawn probably won't mind you offering him a cold bottle of water. The couple playing fetch with their dog in the park probably won't think twice about you asking to throw a couple rounds. And believe me, that mom cheering loudly at the baseball field would love it if you asked her which player is her child. Life presents unlimited chances to ask the simple question, "How are you today?" All you have to do is start looking for them.

2. ENGAGE -
Engage with people. One 5-minute conversation can create opportunities of camaraderie and openness to the Gospel. How exciting is that? Be honest and sincere, though. If you ask someone how their day is going, listen to them. They may not say much or they may tell you every little detail. That's okay. Look them in the eye. Get to know them a little. Getting a chance to share Jesus may not happen on a first encounter. That's okay, too. Try to see them again within the next week or so. Start up another conversation at the next sports game, or knock on your neighbor's door for a quick visit. Instead of texting your friend about your newest book obsession, pick up the phone and call. Engage!

3. PRAY -
Of course, always start with prayer. Pray specifically that the Holy Spirit reveals ways you can engage the people around you. Sometimes it takes having the scales removed from your eyes before you realize how blind you really were to the opportunities presented to you. Also ask God for courage to speak up when the right time comes along. It's so easy to retract to a personal bubble. But remember: things happen when you step outside your comfort zone.

The beautiful thing about this is it fits into your schedule. You don't have to put hours of your Saturday into it. Whatever you're doing, you can engage with people, too!

So, what are you doing this Saturday?