Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Extreme Couponing for Jesus
So I was on the couch one evening watching the TV show "Extreme Couponing"...to anyone who has never seen this show, it will leave you second guessing your ability to get every cent worth out of your coupons. The shoppers are usually moms with multiple children and are stay at home women. They dedicate about 30+ hours to researching stores and cutting coupons for a shopping trip that will take them about 3 or 4 hours at the least. They will end up buying 4 or 5 different items but have them in multiples like 70 containers of mustard or 30 packs of hot dogs or 90 bottles of tylenol but the kicker being that when they get up to the register their total may be in the $1,200's but they only pay about $2.00. All that started my thinking, how many times are we presented with a chance to witness to more than one person at a time but we bypass that chance? We may be in a public area or in the company of more than one or two people who we know are unsaved but we keep OUR (rolling my eyes) Jesus in a box, not sharing him with anyone. The value of 100 people's lives to God is worth more than the $1.00 worth of our time it will take for us to say something to them to share Jesus. I'm not saying that we have to squeeze out the Gospel in a nutshell every time, but we could give a Godly opinion or advice from how God would want us to respond to others and give God a shameless plug. If those moms can go shopping and get 100 cans of baby food for $.02 because they do a little careful planning, why can we not plan the same when it comes to our witnessing? We sometimes think that it takes so much to witness, like we need a committe/board, or to host a huge event....and that is not the case, the way we conduct ourselves is sometimes a huge witness especially if we have been through hard times. The same way those moms will only get 5- 10 different items, we may only be targeting 5 - 10 different types of people. But the value is when those 5 - 10 can go back and share what they experienced. We need to look at our surroundings and see every day of our life as a chance to do some extreme couponing for Christ, even if we are a silent witness.