Saturday, July 07, 2007

Charlie is Out There

Recently my Pastor has been talking about reaching those that do not know God. The time is now, the harvest is ripe, we just have to get out there.

In today's world, there are so many different religions and so many people have the "truth". So many are trying to "sell" this truth at all cost. How many times has someone knocked on your door and gave you a bible study on your front porch? It seems that our neighborhood has been assigned the Mormon religion. They are such nice people, but trained so well. I remember growing up across the street from a Mormon family, the Johnson's, and their daughter was my best friend. Our mothers would but heads at times on our beliefs, probably due to my weekly bible studies at their house LOL! Just kidding, I wasn't that bad. Anyway, they are a very hospitable people. When I was eighteen, these two Mormon girls knocked on our door and continued to come back. We befriended them, went out to eat, bowling, hung out and had a bible study. They would sit and hear our beliefs and we would do the same for them. One thing I learned is that they are not a lazy people. They may not have the truth, but they are doing something with what they do have... What more could we do? We have this truth and were just sitting on it!


My sister is head of the children's department at our church and we've been talking to to them about being the light of the world - Matthew 5:16 to be exact. I figured that we better teach by example...

This morning we decided to pass out a few fliers in the church neighborhood and let the families know that we were in the area and we had a ton of fun stuff for their kids to do.

I knocked on this one door and it was answered by a hefty little man, his name was Charlie he told me that he was eleven years old. After talking to him and inviting him to my class, I felt overwhelmed with emotion and my heart just ached. I walked down the walkway and thought of all the other kids, home alone, living day to day, not knowing, that there was so much more out there. Someone that loved them more then their mom and dad, more than grandma and grandpa. I wanted to knock on every door I saw and let them know about Jesus.

We are so isolated in our own little worlds and don't realized we have a commission. Not to preach and teach a bible study to those stuck on their porches wanting to get back in the house and bolt the door, but to show them in the way we live that there is something special about us, something that they can have too... There are so many more Charlies out there...

2 comments:

Katybug said...

Deb, do you teach Sunday School?

The Daily "B" said...

I do, it's actually Thursday school. We have classes on Thursday nights and joint Kids church on Sundays.