3 ways to love people through random encounters

3 ways to love people through random encounters

Did you know that random encounters can be opportunities for more?

Do you want to learn more on making use random encounters? 

Well, in this spiritual and deeply insightful article, Pastor Chris Weatherly helps us answer these questions and also provides us with wonderful ways of loving people through random encounters.

Chris Weatherly is currently an Associate Pastor at Christ Community Church in Winter Haven, FL.  He is married with two kids.  He loves making people laugh and helping people live for Jesus.  He loves to connect with people who are passionate about Jesus and loving on other people.

After reading his beautiful piece below, please head over to his blog and read more of his work which will support you in your spiritual walk.

                                   3 ways to love people through random encounters

One morning my wife calls me while I’m at the gym. She proceeds to tell me about an elderly lady she ran into while walking the dog.  This lady had run out of her house in only her nightgown and was frantically asking for help.  My wife graciously asks her, “How can I help you?” This then involved Megan, my wife, going over to the ladies house and finding out all about her husbands ailments.  The husband needed some medicine and supplies from the store, but neither of them was capable of driving at this point. 

Megan wisely said, “Let me call my husband and when he get’s home we will help.”

She is relaying this whole encounter to me on the phone, and she asks me, “What should we do?”  I like the good Christian and great pastor that I am (loads of sarcasm here) said to her “Nothing.  I’m already running late for work. We have staff meeting among other things.”  Megan at this time brilliantly reminds me in a subtle way, “Aren’t you preaching on the Good Samaritan this week?”  She had me.  With that one question, I completely changed my mind, and we went and helped the family out any way we could.  I learned a lot of lessons that day.  One being that my wife is always wiser and kinder than me, but number two I learned that “accidental encounters can have supernatural results if we view everything as spiritual”

The perfect example of this is Jesus when he meets the woman at the well.  He used one random encounter to change her life forever.  So many times in our life we miss out on opportunities to love on and care for people we bump into because we forget that everything is spiritual. The conversation you have with the lady who checks you at your grocery store can be a spiritual encounter.  The coworker, who needs some help but you don’t normally interact with him or her, can be a spiritual encounter.  It can happen at home with your family, while you are driving a car, or even on social media.  A random encounter can have supernatural results if we view everything as spiritual.  The question is how.  Let me give you three ways you can start having a supernatural impact with your accidental encounters.

  1. Look for God to use you.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  God has already prepared some good works for you to do.  Even today.  Yet many of us are so busy with work, family, and hobbies that we miss the opportunities that present themselves all around us.  You are God’s handiwork, or as another translation puts it, you are God’s “masterpiece.” When you look for opportunities for God to use you, then you get to show off God’s handiwork to other people.  You just have to slow down and look for chances to make a supernatural impact.

        2. Do something.

I understand you might be running late.  I get that you have a ton on your plate, or that your finances aren’t at the point where you are comfortable helping. But when you see these opportunities to make a supernatural impact and you feel God calling you to do something, you should do something.  This is where faith comes in.  We trust, that when God calls us to do something, he will bless our efforts one way or another. When you see the need and you feel the call to help, don’t hesitate.  You can’t help or fix everyone’s problems.  That’s not your responsibility, but you can absolutely help the people you feel God has put into your path to help.

        3. Pray for them.

Maybe you hear about somebody who is sick or you see somebody is going through a challenge life circumstance or you find out that a friend just lost their job, these are scenarios you might not be able to do anything specific about, but you can absolutely pray for that person.  Pray right at the moment you see it happen, and then reach out to that person to let them know you are praying for them.  It is such an encouragement to people when they know people are praying for them.  Your random encounter with that person could turn into some supernatural results if you will give all of their problems over to the Lord.

This world would be a better place if you saw everything as spiritual.  Your intentional willingness to see and need and do something about it might result in people gaining a glimpse of the depths and magnitude of Jesus love for them.  We love and care for others because Jesus first loved us, and he taught us that accidental encounters can have supernatural results when we view everything as spiritual.

Chris Weatherly is currently an Associate Pastor at Christ Community Church in Winter Haven, FL.  He is married with two kids.  He loves making people laugh and helping people live for Jesus.  He loves to connect with people who are passionate about Jesus and loving on other people.

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Website: chrisvweatherly.com

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Twitter: @chrisvweatherly

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