Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Being a bridge of God's love means...

Being a bridge of God's love means I believe Christianity is real and I want to show it!
  
I am writing this article 10 minutes before I am to meet my Life Transformation Group partner Brian at McDonald's. The first question he will ask me as we sit down to eat is, "Have you been a testimony this week to the greatness of Jesus Christ with both your words and actions?" I haven't always been able to say yes to that question. But, I have implemented changes in my life and schedule to allow me each week to answer "yes." You see, being a bridge of God's love to all people means I want to show them I believe this stuff about Christ. I want to show them His love in me. He changed my life! One of the changes I have made in my week is before staff meeting on Mondays I go out around lunchtime along with our staff team and we do some bridge building in our community. This Monday we ate at Firehouse Subs in Greer. I asked the manager John after we ate could we clean their restrooms. I got the same reaction from last week when we cleaned Moe's. "You want to clean our restrooms?" I told him it was one small way I wanted to show him and his employees God's love in a practical way. Our staff team cleaned their bathrooms and another bridge was built for Christ.
 
Each and every week opportunities are all around us to build bridges of God's love to people. I share my story with you this week not to toot my horn but to encourage you to do the same. Paul said follow me as I follow Christ. I never want to be one who promotes a "do as I say but no as I do" attitude. I want to obey the words of Scripture that say, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). I want an explosion of love and good deeds performed each week by the people at Ridgeview Church in the name of Christ so we may see many people come to know Him. I will keep beating that drum loudly. Will you make an effort this week to look for ways to be a bridge builder for the Lord? You've read my story. I'd love to hear yours!
 
Happy 3rd Anniversary Milo! 
Three years ago Milo Wilson joined the staff team at Ridgeview as our worship and outreach Pastor. He has worn many hats over these last three years and done an excellent job. He has built upon the great foundations our worship and student ministries were built on and taken them to new levels. He has been a joy to work with and I appreciate him greatly. I pray for him and his family weekly and I encourage you to do so as well.
 
P.S. Check out this link to one of my favorite videos Milo and me made one day at our old office as we were promoting an outreach event. It still cracks me up!