I feel the most energized Monday mornings. Without a doubt, after spending my weekend with friends and family that I love, I’m ready to get the week going! I’m one of those weirdos who LOVES going to work. There’s a reason though: I get to help others do all of the things that made my weekend awesome. Spending time with neighbors and friends, sharing the love of the Lord through our I am Second group, and watching new believers grow through community and truth. Sounds pretty ideal, doesn’t it? I have to admit: I love my life! I love getting the opportunity on a regular basis to share what the Lord has done in my life (http://iamsecond.com/#/seconds/Shannon_Culpepper/).
I’m not here to brag or boast or tell you how awesome my life is. I understand there are a few things I’m blessed with from working for a ministry. I’m here to tell you that my joy comes not from my vocation, but from the love of Lord and getting to watch the way that He can use someone as broken as me to bring glory to Himself and love to others. Specifically, I get the most joy from the work I see outside of my 40/hr a week job. It’s humbling. I am in no way deserving of getting to be a part of His plan, but because I am obedient when He burdens my heart for people, He is able to use me. All that to say this: YOU CAN DO IT TOO! What are you doing on a regular basis to reach out to those around you? Let me give you a few ideas:
- Start an I am Second Group. I know I say this a lot (because I think it’s a great idea!), but if you haven’t looked into yet, I would encourage you to! Last night, I had four separate times that I was left speechless when I realized the work that the Lord was doing in people’s hearts/lives right before my eyes. I’m not a seminary student. I don’t know my Bible backwards and forwards. I haven’t even been a believer for that long. But I get the opportunity to grow towards Christ with my friends every week and help point those that are looking for Him find their answers. http://iamsecond.com/getinvolved/GroupTools.html
- Invite your neighbors over for a game night. In a busy world like ours, it’s easy to never meet your neighbors. I would encourage you to get to know your next door neighbors, your neighbors across the street or hall, and have a fun night for all of them. Maybe make it a potluck! Then, you can invite them to your I am Second group!
- Order some I am Second cards (They’re not very expensive!), and give them out to people that you think would benefit from seeing a video or two. You can order them here: http://store.e3resources.org/s.nl/it.A/id.3164/.f
I love you guys! Please consider looking to the people around you as Christ would: as potential vessels of His work that He loves and wants to call His children.
Let me know how it goes, and if you need any help, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.