Monday, February 2, 2009

Reaching Across the Aisle



This past weekend I got a call from one of my house cleaning clients and found out that she is cutting my hours due to the down turn of the economy. It made me stop and think and ask why now. I have been in the middle of trying to grow my cleaning and house-sitting business, but it seems that instead of gaining more clients, I am losing hours. It’s weird, but perhaps it’s not the time yet to work more, so I have been thinking about what I should do with my free time. I seem to always fall into a rut when I have too much time on my hands. It’s like this free time is all so consuming. I know people would laugh at that last sentence, but, it’s true, I don’t know what to do with myself. I find myself thinking that I want to make a difference in someone’s life, and reach out to those in need. I hear it all the time. People who are Christians need to make that difference and bring others to Christ. That’s all well and good, however, what if my heart isn’t in it? What if what I am doing right now, is reaching across the aisle more than what I could be doing on the streets? I have never been a huge supporter of evangelism. I think it actually defeats the whole purpose of knowing Father and allowing others to see Father in me than forcing it down their throats with my words. I write blogs that mean something to me, but when they mean something to someone else, that shows me more of how Father can touch people than me touching people. I do not force people to read my blog, or participate by leaving comments. People seem to come on their own accord, and that says a lot more to me than any other way of doing it. I feel content in writing blogs, and if this blog only reaches a handful of people, than praise God. I am doing what I feel Father leading me to do, and that is enough to satisfy my need Father has given me to reach across the aisle.

7 comments:

Amy said...

Nicole,
I am so sorry that you are losing hours in both your house cleaning and sitting.

I do know what it is like to have extra time on your hands.

Like you said, maybe this extra time is perfectly given to you by Papa.

As for how to utilize your time, of course, I have no answer, nor would I wish to be an advice-giver as that is clearly not my place as your friend and sister.

However, I think you know the best thing to do. Continue listening to the Holy Spirit, my sweet friend. He'll show you what to do. Just wake up each day, knowing that with the sunrise comes a fresh new adventure. He will guide you moment by moment. That has been my experience. It's quite refreshing actually.

Maybe that's what He wants to give you, Nicole. Refreshment. ???

Blessings,
~Amy :)

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