Change the World by Meeting People and Walking With Them

Spending time knowing others, and letting them into your life and fellowship, will show them God.

Henri Nouwen once penned these illuminating words:

More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them.  It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence.  Still, it is not as simple as it seems.  My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and workshops that prevent me from walking the streets.  It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress.  But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn't be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them but you truly love them.

In my opinion, there has been no greater description of how to create an environment where an unbeliever will become aware of the Jesus I know than through doing just that. In order for the unbelieving world to welcome the suggestion of a living, transforming Jesus that can not presently be seen, they must first see a group of people who know Him.They need to experience people doing as Henri Nouwen described, "know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them but you truly love them."When a small group does this together, in the presence of, and for, the not yet convinced unbeliever, ...

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