It’s all too much.

I remember having that thought when my girls were little.  I remember feeling the burden and the need to reach out and serve those who don’t know Jesus.  I also remember the feeling like I just can’t do it all.  My husband worked long hours and I was a stay-at-home mom.  We didn’t have much money, so even to pay for a sitter was a burden.  I would sit through sermon after sermon and have conversation upon conversation about serving and evangelizing and all I could think was, “I just can’t do it right now.”

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.  Matthew 28:19-20

Actually, what I would tell my younger self (if I could) is that not doing anything is not an option.  In fact, shortly after feeling all of these things, our church started sharing a new perspective.  While they still encouraged everyone to serve those who are less fortunate than us and to help meet their needs, the pastor began talking about the needs of the people who are all around us — our neighbors, the cashier at Target, the families on your kid’s soccer team, our co-workers, and on and on…

And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’  Matthew 4:19

A light bulb literally lit up in my brain.  For the first time as a mom, I thought, “I can do that.” I can be a stay-at-home mom, raise my kids, support my husband, not hire a baby-sitter, and show others the love of Christ.  I can take my kids out to the driveway to ride their bikes and play with their toys and talk to my neighbor who lives a few feet from where I do.

At that moment, God gave our family a whole new vision and a mission.  It wasn’t anything radical.  Just to love on those people who are all around us — build relationships with them and invite them into our home.  While God is calling us to GO!…we actually don’t have to “go” anywhere.

Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.  Exodus 4:12

Every night, we pray with our kids that we would be the hands and feet of Jesus everywhere we go.  That His light would shine through us and that He would help us to love others like He loves us.

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  1 Peter 2:21

Whatever stage of life you are in, don’t be afraid to GO!  Maybe God is calling you to another country or another part of our country.  Maybe He’s calling you to move to the inner-city in your area.  Or maybe — just maybe — He’s asking you to stay right where you are.  To open your eyes and see the people you encounter every day.  Maybe instead of talking about the weather today, He’s asking you to take it a little deeper — to talk about life (the good and the hard stuff).  Whatever it is, be strong and courageous because the Lord is with you.  He’s calling you to GO! so you can trust Him that He has already gone before you.

It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.  Deuteronomy 31:8

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