“I should scratch out ‘my’ in ‘my way'”
In between working on Restore at home & traveling I decided to go to the local labor pool for 2 reasons:
1. To slow the burning of our savings (barely! pay is minimum wage, $8.40!) as we await the sale of our house & continue sharing our vision to potential partners.
2. To be with people I would not otherwise be with for the sake of Jesus.
The friends I met during the in-processing reminded me afresh of how difficulty opens people to spiritual things. First, I spoke with John. He is on work release from the county jail & shared that 20 years of bad decisions should motivate him to change the tattoo on his forearm from “My way” to “God’s way”. Then David, also on work release, shared that he had been attending the devotional time at jail & that he was a follower of Jesus. Later, after a test in which they ask you 50 different ways if you are a druggie or a drunk, Mike, a college graduate who just moved from Iowa, was rejected because of alcohol abuse. I watched him walk out of the labor pool head hung low. My heart was heavy for him so I ran after him. After chatting a few minutes he gave me his number so we can connect. Pray for him.
The brokenness of those around me in the labor pool & the need to bring the gospel to them reminded me of the words I had just read the morning before from Matthew 9:36-38.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Are you seeing the helplessness around you & entering the harvest fields with the good news of Jesus? I am convicted by how often I do not. May gratitude motivate us & the Spirit empower us to have the heart of our great Shepherd Jesus & wade with Him deep into needy humanity.