This was a continuation of my last blog entry but I felt like the last entry was getting way too long so I figured I could give this part it's own post...and release it a few days later. Don't want to overwhelm people with too much reading because then people won't read the updates at all. I know how it works. I understand. I'll try and keep this shorter.
I just wanted to put this out there. It's something that's been on my heart. It's something that is as much for me as anyone else. This isn't to rag on people at all or call people out. My hope is that it can be an encouragement for folks, something that spurns them on to do more for others. Here we go.
If God ever gives you a nudge to do something or bless someone, please do it. Don't rationalize your way out of it. This is about when God lays someone on your heart. You may not know why He wants you to do that and it may not even seem like a big deal, but if the Holy Spirit is tugging on your heart to do something, it is a big deal. It can make a big difference in someone's life.
Rachel and I have had the blessing of seeing the fruit that can come from that recently. It was something as easy as dropping off some cookies we had made on someone's doorstep we knew. I just had a nudging. I didn't know why that person had come to mind but we did it anyway. It turned out that the person we left them for had just lost someone very close to them. It was a huge encouragement to them when they opened the box up to find cookies. We didn't find out the back story until months later. Sometimes, it may take longer than that to see God's big picture. Still other times, you may not find out at all and that's okay. It's not about finding out why.
Now, I'm not telling that story to brag but to encourage about how simple it can be. You can really make a positive impact on someone's life by listening and obeying that leading. I think all too often, we get that nudging but cast it aside for a multitude of reasons. A favorite excuse of mine is "What if they think I'm weird?" I use that one a lot in my head.
Man, we really miss out on opportunities to bless others. We miss out on opportunities to make a difference, to make an impact in someone's life who may really need it at that moment. There are way too many people in this world hurting to miss out on a chance to love and encourage them. Let's not cast aside those leadings anymore and miss opportunities to build people up. Let's make an impact for a better world by focusing on the people right in front of us. It starts there but obviously and hopefully, it won't end there. What you do locally can have ripple effect throughout the whole world given time. In the end, it may seem small or like no big deal but if you feel God nudging you, it's a big deal. He has a reason for it, a purpose. He is giving you a chance to make a difference in the world.