Population me.

I recently wrote the above tweet after a bit of envy crept into my heart.  Our church does a really big missions trip to Jamaica, and I would love to go.  I have always wanted to go on a missions trip; to be in a foreign land–out of my comfort zone–loving on new people, bringing aid in a tangible way, and more importantly sharing the gospel message of Christ.

The Lord quickly convicted me that every morning when I wake up, I am in the missions field–in my home, at work, my son’s school, and in my neighborhood.  I do not need to hop on a plane to show the love of Christ; I have to be willing to do it where I am.  And the truth is–I kind of suck at that.

Hearing Matthew West’s song, My Own Little World, on the radio is a constant reminder that I am very comfortable living in…well, my own little world.  To wake up and maintain my routine and spend time with just my family, in my home, doing my own thing, in my own way.  That’s a whole lot of me in the picture.

Yup, population me.

The Word of God shows me lots of ways that I can bless others:

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 4:9 ESV

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…
James 1:27 ESV 

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:31 ESV 

And those examples barely scratch the surface of all the ways the Bible notes how we are to think less of ourselves while thinking of others.

Do I open my home freely to friends and strangers alike or am I more content to lay on the couch watching the latest episode of [name that show that’s probably not good for me anyway]?

Do I visit with those who have faced or are facing great trials and times of sadness and may need a shoulder to cry on or an ear that will listen?

Do I show the love of Christ to the three represented families that live on the other side of each of the walls of my home?

Do I give until it hurts?

No.  And that’s a hard pill to swallow.

But the pruning process God puts us through will bear fruit.  Coming to grips with my own selfishness will only lead me to be more aware of those around me I should be talking to; helping; giving of myself to in whatever way I can.

I look forward this year to making sure population me turns into population two.

And from there?

As a certain Toy Story character would say, I hope “To infinity and beyond.”

Lord, help me to see that my own little world is not about me.


Below are the lyrics and video for the Matthew West song.  Enjoy!

In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I’ve never gone hungry, always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world
population me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning Church
I throw a twenty in the plate, but I never give ’til it hurts
And I turn off the news when I don’t like what I see
Yeah, it’s easy to do when it’s
Population: me

What if there’s a bigger picture?
What if I’m missing out?
What if there’s a greater purpose
I could be living right now?
Outside my own little world

Stopped at a red light, looked out my window
I saw a cardboard sign, said “Help this homeless widow”
And just above that sign was the face of a human
I thought to myself, “God, what have I been doing?”
So I rolled down the window and I looked her in the eye
Oh how many times have I just passed her by?
I gave her some money then I drove on through
And my own little world reached
Population two

What if there’s a bigger picture?
What if I’m missing out?
What if there’s a greater purpose
That I could be living right now
Outside my own little world
My own little world

Father break my heart for what breaks Yours
Give me open hands and open doors
Put Your Light in my eyes and let me see
That my own little world is not about me


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