But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
As believers, we have all been commissioned by the Lord to be His witnesses, those who would bear a living testimony of the resurrected and ascended Christ wherever we go. His charge to the disciples in Acts was to firstly be a witness in Jerusalem where they lived, and then eventually to the uttermost part of the earth. His charge to us today is the same. We may want to be those who go to “Judea,” “Samaria,” or even to “the uttermost part of the earth,” and the Lord may well send us to such places, but it all still starts with us being a witness where we are, in our “Jerusalem.”
Recently I think the Lord has been showing me practically where my “Jerusalem” is – it’s in my neighborhood, at the library, the park, the YMCA. By nature, I’m not a particularly social person and it’s not so easy for me to strike up conversations with strangers, let alone preach the gospel to them. (I usually leave that up to my gregarious husband, who can talk to anyone about anything.) But since having CC, that hasn’t been so much the case anymore. He has done wonders for my social skills. For some reason it’s so normal and easy to talk to people when you have an adorable little toddler in tow, especially if those people also have their own adorable little toddler.
CC and I have a pretty regular schedule when it comes to the places we frequent. As we would make our weekly trips to the library, the park, and now the Y, I started to notice that I would run into the same parents. The first couple of times we would just exchange smiles of recognition, then that led to exchanging pleasantries and questions about each other’s kids, and now I’m finally getting to the point where I know their names, where they live, etc. It’s so exciting that CC and I are making friends, and it is my hope and prayer that some of these will become our gospel friends. Even though it’s getting easier for me to talk to people now, I still need to work on bringing the Lord into those conversations. It’s a learning process. I really pray that the Lord will perfect me to testify of my enjoyment of Christ more, so that in the midst of conversations of naps and potty training, people would not just see another stay at home mom, but one who is a witness of the living Christ.