Last night was date night for Katie and me. Over the years, we’ve made it a habit to go to the same places for things: grocery store, coffee shops, places to eat.
We do this for the purpose of meeting the people who work there and building relationships with them. Learning their names, hearing their stories, and building trust.
At restaurants, we always sit in the same server’s section so we get to know them.
Over the years, we’ve had some amazing conversations as people have opened up about their lives, shared some incredibly heartbreaking and amazing things.
We’ve walked with people through divorces, loss of family members, breakups, career shifts.
These are incredibly holy moments as you sit in gyms or other places of work.
Last night, one of those conversations happened and we were able to invite one of the managers we met to church on Sunday.
When I sit at conferences or listen to sermons, pastors always make sharing your faith sound easy. I met this person one day, told them about Jesus and boom. They become a Christian, on the spot.
It doesn’t always happen like that, sometimes it does, but most of the time, it is slower.
I’m reminded this morning of Galatians 6:9 that says, Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.
Today, you have a great opportunity to do good, to love people, to listen, to show them God’s love and the power of Jesus. But it can be tiring. People are hard to love, can be unresponsive or simply difficult. You are also tired and don’t want to do those things sometimes. Keep going.
For in the proper time, God will reap for us through His power and our faithfulness and presence. What a powerful reminder.