HONESTY

NEW EYES

I want to tell you a story. I’m the girl who grew up in church.  I saw miracles, learned about the Bible and had a personal relationship with God.  Along the way somewhere, though, I allowed myself to start thinking inside the box when it came to “ministry”.   I thought ministry needed look like this at this place at this time

Thankfully, I acquired a new perspective, new eyes, if you will.  It was as if one day God revealed it to me.  I was reminded of people I knew of who were not preachers but were still being Jesus to people in seemingly unconventional ways.   It didn’t look like what I knew.  The message is the same.  The approach is  different.  You can pray with a hurting person at on the street.

Jesus’ ministry took place everywhere He went.

The same Holy Spirit who was with Jesus is in us.  Jesus prayed for people on the street, at a pool, in crowds… Ministry doesn’t have to be limited to a time or place.

We have opportunities to be Jesus to people all the time.

Someone needs encouragement. Someone has been burned.  Love is powerful.  People need to experience it.  Kindness leads us to repentance.

One time I sat next to a girl on a plane and we started making conversation.  We began talking about God and then she said she was a lesbian.  She said when this news came out she was rejected by her church very harshly. I was honestly moved to tears a bit because it was evident she was hurt so deeply and turned off to anything that had to do with Christianity due to this particular experience. She was rejected by an institution whose call is to love and restore.  I told her I was sorry.  I told her God still loved her. (Airplane landed.

She had been casted out. But His arms are open.

We may not know what’s going on in another person’s heart.  God does.  He can use you to bring someone closer to Him.  Be genuine.  Be relatable.  Share your heart with someone.  Let someone share theirs with you.  I encourage you to take opportunities to show the love of Jesus, even if it seems a bit unconventional.

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“For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

15 comments

  1. What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing this! I love the point about ministry not being confined to a certain area. As you said, Jesus’ certainly wasn’t. So WWJD… 🙂

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  2. Awesome Annie! thanks for inspiring! I was just thinking about this yesterday and this read encouraged me knowing God is dealing with his people everywhere to step out!

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  3. Annie, lately I have been ministering on a daily basis one on one and this afternoon we were finishing the day and the Mighty Spirit of God just inspire a line of a song and this man said ” did I tell last time I went to church I cried” God must have touch his heart again today

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  4. This is sooo good Annie!!!!!!! Thank you for being the light that you are and always being so genuine in sharing your heart!! Love you!❤️❤️

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  5. I LOVE this. My dad tried to persuade me to not shop at certain stores because of the message they gave. But I told him this is where people need us. These places are where we get to go and BE the light. I have had the pleasure of introducing people to my church in the middle of one of these stores. I have made friends with my favorite coffee baristas in the same store. They know I go to church, they know I love Jesus, and I get to live that out with them as a witness. They get to see me make mistakes and not be perfect, but I get the honor of loving them with my words and actions. So I won’t stay away from the places others think I shouldn’t go, they need Jesus too.

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    1. I understand your wanting to reach people but it’s important firstly that we obey our parents! As an adult these decisions are yours but until then, pray for God to send people your way! I know He will 🙂

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      1. I’m so sorry Annie, I suppose I should have clarified that I am a 35 year old woman. I am not advocating disobedience of our parents, I love my father deeply, but he wouldn’t sit and have a conversation with a lesbian or anyone else outside the will of God for that matter. His views are rather harsh and I find that to be unfortunate for a lot of lost souls. I know he loves Jesus, I just don’t share his convictions and find it difficult to have conversations with him regarding going to stores like Target or Starbucks where their views do not match my own. As children we should always obey our parents, that is something that as a mother I instill in my own kids. Like you I grew up in church and was always that good girl who tried to do everything right, I fit everything and everyone into the box I thought they should be in. Now as an adult who has experienced the world and come back to Jesus because I wanted to and needed to, I can see how different it is from my views growing up. I applaud you for not being cookie cutter, for seeing people with open eyes and instead of turning them away because they are not in line with Jesus, you glow with His love and show them a different side. I suppose that is the main point I was trying to say in my first comment. As someone who has been in those trenches with the broken, you are a shining light and Jesus pours out of you. Your perspective is what people need, not another person to make them feel shut out again. So, anyone on here who is not an ADULT, obey your parents, seek God’s will through prayer and He will direct your path. As an adult I have the ability to make my own decisions and answer to my own convictions. Keep up the good work Annie, this is something the broken world desperately needs. In His love…Amy

        P.S. You and Colton are ridiculously adorable and I pray my children find love like yours. It is refreshing to see a Godly young marriage these days.

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      2. Amy, I gotcha! haha for a second I thought I was being a bad influence 😉 Love hearing your heart for people! Keep sharing His love with others! You’re making a difference.

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