“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt 5:14-16
A “BATHROOM MINISTRY”? WHAT?
Yes, you read that correctly; she fondly calls it her “bathroom ministry”. Her name is Jeanette and she is a delightful fifty something who found herself being used by Jesus in of all places the bathroom at her workplace. Her sweet, gentle spirit along with her incredible smile just naturally draws people to her. She works where the pay is not that great, the work is not terribly interesting, and the prospects for advancement are, shall we say, limited. Jeanette’s mission field is filled with people who are depressed, lonely, and by and large hopeless. They are searching for answers to that frustrating and overwhelming puzzle we call life. As Jeanette came to understand some time ago, what counts is how and where Jesus can use you. Is it glamorous? Not by any stretch. Yet, Jeanette has peace in that she knows that she is where God wants her and can use her mightily ministering to those who are drawn to her. Oh, and her ministry is no longer confined to the bathroom at work – it has extended out to the workplace floor where Jeanette ministers as God brings people to her.
PEOPLE ARE DRAWN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE DIFFERENT
An acquaintance finds that people are drawn to him at his work for numerous reasons. He never complains and he always blesses his supervisors; he never speaks badly about his supervisors. Obscene language and dirty jokes never pass from his lips. He always exudes a great, sunny attitude. Like Jeanette, he works where the pay is not great, advancement potential is limited and the work is far from exciting. People are drawn to my friend because he is different. They want what he has.
Years ago, an old friend of mine shared with me how he got saved. Hugh was a confirmed Buddhist and nothing would ever change his mind (or so he thought!). At the time, Hugh’s marriage was falling apart and his personal life was a mess. He noticed that Frank, his coworker, was always smiling and always had a certain “zest” about him. Frank always talked about how great his wife and family were and how much they meant to him. Frank always supported the boss, and according to Hugh, was virtually alone in the office in that respect. Frank would occasionally mention the Bible, and Hugh noticed Frank would read his Bible at lunch. Hugh did not care much for Frank; Hugh felt that Frank was “beneath” him in virtually every aspect of life. Yet, Hugh could not deny that Frank had something the Hugh desperately wanted:
“ … it was driving me crazy. Here I was making far more money, driving better cars, the whole deal. But I was miserable – absolutely miserable. And yet, Frank, who I didn’t think a whole lot of, had what I knew I wanted! He was peaceful; he was happy. His marriage was working. So I took him out to lunch. After the initial chit-chat, I told Frank I had something on my mind. I remember what I said to him, word for word…”
“Frank, I make far more money than you do. I’m a better programmer than you. My wife is prettier and my kids are cuter. I drive better cars than you. I’m smarter than you. I have a nicer house than you do. But I’m miserable and you’re happy. I want what you have.”
:Frank invited me over to his house for dinner…he and his wife led me to Christ that night, and I’ve never looked back”
Powerful stuff, indeed! Never forget that you are salt and light.
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N. Patrick Marica contributes incisive and contemporary Christian commentary for Examiner.com on a regular basis. He holds an MA from Liberty University, and he is the Director of Godly Training Ministries (www.godlytraining.org). You can find out more about him by clicking here. You can contact Mr. Marica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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