Ordinary Attempts – Being Yourself Is Okay
Key Bible Verse: “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” – John 6:9
Bonus Reading: John 6:1-13
You don’t need special skills or experience to make an Ordinary Attempt. You just have to be aware and available. It’s an attempt, not an accomplishment, so no extra credit is awarded for succeeding, no demerits given for failing. Ordinary Attempts are nothing more than free attention giveaways.
People crave attention. When we pay attention to people because we want to nudge them toward Jesus, it becomes their connecting bridge to God. Best of all, instead of asking them for their time, attention, and interest—we give them our time, attention, and interest. We give them a small taste of Jesus’ desire to attend to them.
Christians are the freest people on earth. Our past, present, and future are completely secure through the love of Jesus. We’ve nothing to lose. We can risk, attempt, fail—and still go to heaven.
When it comes to evangelism, we can be our ordinary selves, and it turns out to be good enough. All Jesus needs are the five loaves and two fish of our lives—something we already have. Rather than trying to escape the ordinary, we should exploit it and attempt something small for God, something ordinary.
—Jim Henderson in a.k.a. “Lost”
My Response: What “small attempt” could I make to nudge someone toward Jesus?
Adapted from a.k.a. “Lost” (WaterBrook, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, I want to come across to others not as religious so much as real. Help me make being Your disciple look inviting.