If you want a quick lesson in socioeconomics, just try visiting your local gym. It makes me laugh the difference between the gym in North Hollywood and the gym in Studio City. It is like two different worlds. The music that they play for Zumba is even different.
The gym in Studio City is very upper middle class. The girls all look gorgeous (Yes, even at the gym) and all of the guys are ripped. Everyone is in the film industry. They are all actors, actresses, or are in production.
But the socioeconomic lesson is not what has been impactful on me. The cleaning lady is who has been impactful on me.
This cleaning lady knows everyone. She takes the time to say hi and chat with everyone. Forget social status, forget race. I doubt that she even notices that. She extends kindness to every lady that comes into that locker room. To my shame, I can’t even recall her name right now.
Her testimony has been so convicting to me. Am I taking the time to reach out to those around me? Shouldn’t I, the person who is claiming to be Christ’s representative, take the time to know people?
My husband is so good at this. He chats with everyone. He knows the bread man at our local grocery stores. He meets the guy who is eating breakfast next to us at the restaurant counter. And you know what? He shares the Gospel a lot more than I do, because he takes the time to know people.
My husband and the cleaning lady have had an impact on my life. I can’t feel self-conscious about extending Christ’s love. I need to reach out to those around me. You are never going to be able to share the Gospel if you don’t initiate a conversation.
So today, say hi to the checker at the grocery store. Ask the delivery man how his day is. Stop the mailman and ask what his name is. Take time to get to know people and you will be surprised how doors open up for the Gospel.
Do you know anyone who is really good at this?