Today though is Investing In Others. One thing God has really been showing me about living simply is that it's so much easier when I'm not focusing on what I don't have/what I want/what I think I should have if I'm focusing on others. One of my biggest prayers over the last few years has been that God would give me more of a servents heart. I've been praying that God would give me people to invest myself in for no other purpose than to show them Himself (God). Through the simple fact that Aaron and I are in youth ministry, we've been automatically given on average 6 or 7 opportunities for investment (our awesome youth group). But, ultimately, we need to ask God to show us 1 or 2 people that we can really pour ourselves into.
Last week I started rereading a ministry book called Girls Ministry, 101. by Whitney Prosperi. I got it when Aaron and I first went into ministry, and it was a really good book. I decided to go back through it and refresh a little bit. One of the statments she makes really stuck out to me...
We utilize our time best when we invest in someone elses life.
In our day and age it's so easy to fill our time with stuff. And not all of it is bad stuff, but it's definitely stuff. We also have many many ways to invest in someone elses life. Social media makes it so easy for me to keep up with my youth group girls. Text messaging is easy too. All those things are great, but I do think the best way to invest in someone is to be physically present with them. I can facebook and text people all I want and still not be 100% mentally with that person. But, physically being with someone means time. I know that sometimes I hardly have time to think straight let alone fit in a coffee date or a quick ice cream trip. But when I do fit them in, I've never regreted it and I've never seen it as time wasted.
Ok, so I need to be physically present with people, but what else? I've come to realize that the best way to invest in someone is to just speak truth to that person as often as you can. Be real, be honest, be open. Listen. Be understanding. Ask God to have His eyes. See that person how He sees them.
One of the crazy things about investing is someone else is that I've learned more about myself. It can be scary. My life is a mess, how could I possibly invest in someone else when I can't keep my life straight. Honestly, because you never know if that person is right where you are. You could be helping them walk the same road you are. It's taken me a while to learn this lesson... I've NEVER met 1 person who's totally together. I've met so many women and thought, whoa! check her out! She's so put together, her family is perfect, her life is great. It's taken me maturing spiritually (a little) to realize that most people are just like me. Maybe not as spastic and unorganized, but no one is perfect.
So, what that being said, God has showed me that investing in someone will take the focus off of how complicated I think my life is. I need to ask God to show me someone I can invest in and I need to see them through His eyes. I need to be willing to make time for that person and I need to be real, open, and honest with them. This is investing in others.