Before starting this I was thinking if I should do a Valentine's Day theme since it is just around the corner or go with what I feel the Lord is laying on my heart? Ding! Ding! Ding! The winner-winner-chicken-dinner is this - ALWAYS go the way the Lord is leading you. So here it is. I do not blog, so this is tough for me. I can say when I was asked to do this I initially drug my feet thinking, "Really? This is not for me. Do I have to?" It was just like a kid when asked to do their homework. But that thought goes with my topic of a safety net.
We all have our areas of safety we like to stay in. I know you are sitting there thinking, "Yeah, whatever. You do not know me!" But I do to a point. Many of you, like me, would love to just go places and sit and enjoy the show or the message, or any other type of event and then slip out without being noticed or interacting with others. It is safe right?? There's NO chance of being hurt or embarrassed.
And that is true. BUT, there is also no chance of you being the one person that could impact the life of the person that no one else would have the opportunity to reach. It is like the lyrics of the Casting Crowns song If We Are the Body, "Why aren’t His arms reaching?" That could be you reaching out, or even better, ME reaching out. I am guilty at times of walking by someone and the Lord prompting me, "HEY! Talk to that person; invite them to church, and give them a hug." We may say in our mind, "What will others think? What if they ignore me or blow me off?" In reality, WHO CARES, PEOPLE!? JESUS tells us in the Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me…" and also in Psalm 118:6, "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
Jesus went through so much more for us. We should be able to get out of our safety zone a bit and say, "Hi, how are you?" It is like the artists that work at Cirque du Soleil that do not use nets as they do not cling to safety because they love the thrill. Can we get that fire for the Lord? To want that thrill to see what He has for us if we step out of our safety zone? I challenge YOU to be the person that steps up and says, "Lord, I am willing to drop it all and be Your arms and feet to reach the broken, the tired, or the heavy-hearted." In writing this, I know that the Lord has definitely spoken to me to get up and move. I hope this has touched you as well.