“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
– Joshua 1:9
When we read the text where Jesus says “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,” we read it like it says, “mobilize a bunch of missionaries and send them all over the world preaching,” and I certainly believe that’s a good thing. I think that’s something churches should do and I think it’s useful, but that’s not exactly what Jesus is saying here. Rather, He’s saying to all of us, as you go. As you leave this church … as you get in your car … as you go to work tomorrow … as you go home to your children and to your family … as you go to Starbucks. Wherever it is that you go, disciple. Be a disciple and make disciples. Make it an important part of what you do. Teaching, discipling, caring, and mentoring is an important part of what you do.
God, use me as I go. I want to share my faith in the fifteen feet of space around me.
What can you do for God as you go?
I believe, like you, it is necessary to spread the Gospel. Unfortunately I find people think I am naive and unthinking. For some reason ( and since I am reformed and Presbyterian it would seem God has His chosen people and it is our job to help them) people I talk to think that God is not ‘real.’ I know that is the way I thought as a very young adult. It took a Chinese Southern Baptist doctor (when I cracked up and ended up in the psychiatric ward when he was on duty one late night in 1974) to make me realize I was a child of God and had value in his eyes. I wish I could have the same impact on my friends and family (of which I have little)
The fact that you are sharing your story in a public forum is testament that God is good and real. You were in the psych ward when you need to hear it the most that you are a child of God and you do matter. Your story could impact another person who needs to those same words. Thanks for sharing.
I share my faith in the fifteen feet of space around me . When I do karaoke at our Miami Elks Lodge 948. Or Proclaim the Word of the Lord during either the first or the second reading at the 7:30 a.m.Sunday Mass . It is easy for me to do this . I always give glory to God . He knows that I am his good and faithful servant . Jesus knows all about my disability . What I have is a mild form of autism . It is called Aspbergers Syndrome . I try not to repeat myself but it’s hard to remember what not to do . I love opening up to people . They understand all about my little idiosyncrasies and accept me . I remain yourHappy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ
My young grandson has Aspbergers but is one of the most polite and kindly and brilliant people I know. Many famous people have this condition. Be proud to be one of them with your achievements through your life with Jesus beside you.