I got excited not only for her, but I knew that this particular mall has a lot of Jewish workers working the kiosks in the mall. Many are newly arrived from Israel. I went to my favorite free Jewish tracts website (http://www.stonesofzion.com/resources.html), printed some tracts off and was ready. Here is what they look like when you print them.
The plan was to pierce the ears and then look around a little before evening church. This would give us plenty of time to witness. Once we arrived, our plans changed because our daughter saw a 4 yr old who got hers pierced and when she started crying our daughter changed her mind. It was understandable. But, she had looked forward to it for such a long time.
We went to another part of the mall and dropped tracts and stuffed what remaining Christmas cash bills I had in all kinds of places. We saw a group of three men reading the tract that my son dropped. He was the most faithful that night as he placed all the tracts that were given out.
I guess I was distracted, but I just couldn't seem to gain the presence of mind to talk to the very people that I had wanted to talk to! One of them had even tried to sell me the Amazing Dead Sea Salt scrub on the way to getting her ears pierced and I told her I'd be back.
Aaaah! I chickened out. I never talked to her, but I talked to her co-worker last year. I was so disappointed with my lack of obedience. It may not be a big deal to others, but I know the mandate I've been given and I just felt like I didn't really do what I was supposed to.
However, I realized that I had looked at the wind and the waves of my circumstances, (time constraints, didn't want to be late, etc.) and let those influences what I should have done.
Now, before you think that I've beat myself up over something insignificant and that I should lighten up and get over it I want you do think and ask yourself this question: How many things do I dismiss as unimportant because they are little and not large? Do I respond to the work God gives me with integrity and complete obedience?
Whose definition of important are you using? See, what I've realized is that there are a whole lot of "little" things that I casually dismissed for so long in my life that I thought they were unimportant and that God didn't really notice. But, He does! I'm studying the life of Moses this year and I have learned so much about obedience and the lack thereof in that man's life that it has really caused me to look a little closer at my life and caused me to walk in obedience more closely.
Benefits of Obedience
- Clear conscience
- Unobstructed Fellowship
- Safety from consequences of disobedience
By total obedience, even in little things, God give His glory, presence, and leadership to His obedient workers.