Being Outward Focused

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The older I get, the more aware I’ve become of how selfish others are. I mean, I see them cutting me off in the road because they think they are better than me. I see them completely sucked into their phone when others drop something right next to them. If you go to any playground, you see kids shoving other kids out of the line to go down the slide first…

If we are really honest, we are all selfish. We like to share our stories. We like the world to revolve around us. Right?

I hate to admit it, but it’s so true. It’s convicting too to think of how often I use some excuse for not sharing my faith either verbally or through my actions because in reality, I’m just selfish. Lately, I’ve been trying to find a new place to plug in, and meet unbelievers. I’ve come up with some different areas, but every week, I find some excuse to not go out and do something about it. I use my tiredness as an excuse. I think “oh my husband will be home tonight, and may want to do something”, or “The new neighbors may not be home; I should wait until the weekend”, or when I get desperate enough, “Those bathrooms really do need to be cleaned…”.

I am desperate to find some excuse, so that I don’t have to be uncomfortable if I’m honest. I saw this verse earlier this week from Exodus 14:14:

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

It hit me because whatever my excuse is coming from, fear, etc, the Lord is by my side. This can be in any situation, but the one thing He specifically asks of me is to spread His love.

Today, I would encourage you to:

  • Pray through where you might be making excuses for not sharing your faith. What are you scared of? What holds you back?
  • How can you change that? What are some specific steps you can do today?
  • Pray for God to fight with you over those excuses. Ask Him to make you still if needed to show you where He might be wanting to use you.

Have more time? Want to go deeper?

  • Make a list of all the excuses you use or others might use for not sharing their faith. Then, make a list of reasons why those excuses shouldn’t work. Keep that list for those days when you find yourself making excuses.
  • If you are fearful or feel overwhelmed, look for a verse to memorize or recall in those moments. The Psalms are full of verses pointing to God shielding us and being in control.

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