Wednesday, May 18, 2011
An Example of Practical Missional Living: My Parents
A few days later my mother was mowing the lawn and she decided to mow the neighbors lawn as well. When the neighbors came home from the funeral she noticed the lawn was mowed and, again crying, spoke to my mother and shared that her birthday was the next day and she didn't know what she was going to do because the lawn required mowing and of course her husband needs cared for and things are just piling up. She was so touched and grateful for what my mother had done for them. Both my mother and father continue to reach out to their neighbors in very practical ways. The have provided them with a few more meals as well. My mother said that she can see the hand of God at work in all of this.
I think this is a great example of practical missional living. My parents are reaching out to those in their own neighborhood. They are meeting real needs. They are also seeing the hand of God at work in all of this. Lives are being touched as they imitate Christ to their neighbors. They did not have to ask any special permission before doing this either.
Let us all aspire to be missionaries wherever we find ourselves.