Archive for July, 2013

Outside The Walls

These past few weeks and especially the past few days I have spent more time “away” from my cozy office and outside the walls of the church buildings.  While the inside is nice and comfortable with the air conditioning and the chair and the call to an easy day, it was outside that I have been learning my greatest lesson.  People are hurting and some have almost just given up.  They no longer live pay check to pay check; they live day to day and some hour to hour.

I didn’t have to say much, I just had to listen and quite honestly that is what many just needed.  I was their sounding board for a few minutes and I loved being able to be their friend for those few minutes.  I pray I get to be their friend for many more days.

I met all types of people.  Young and old; married and single (some divorced); white and black; healthy and ill; financially okay and financially struggling.  The reality of all this was that these people have never stepped a foot inside the walls of the church I pastor and they all live with ONE mile of my church.  Let me say that again, these people have never stepped a foot inside the walls of the church I pastor and they all live with ONE mile of my church.

God forgive us for staying inside the walls we have built.  God forgive us for being blind to those around us with the mentality of “I am okay, so they must be okay”.  God forgive us for being the priest and the Levite and passing on by the man in the ditch.  Oh and when I say “us”; I really mean ME!

We sing the chorus

People need the Lord, people need the Lord

At the end of broken dreams He’s the open door

People need the Lord, people need the Lord

When will we realize people need the Lord?

But do we mean it?  Google this song (People need the Lord) and read the words in the verses.  Maybe it will help us think more about those outside the walls.  Get outside the walls more often and love on people right where they are, that will show them Jesus more than you realize.

One final word, I didn’t “bible thump” any of them, as a matter of fact I didn’t have a bible physically on me (but His Word is always in my heart).  I didn’t try and “convert” any one.  I listened, I prayed, and I offered them my hand in friendship.  I learned more in these past few weeks than any seminary professor every taught me.  Let me encourage all of us to get outside of the walls a lot more often.

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