“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothes yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” — Colossians 3:12-14
Recently I went back home to Minneapolis. With all the heartache and turmoil going on, I stopped to ask God, “Where do you need me to go?” I wanted to go where He would guide me, where I would be of use to Him.
After my trip home, I realized this was the best trip home I’ve had in a while, and the reason for that was because this trip wasn’t about me. For my short three-day trip, I didn’t have an agenda or schedule of who I was going to see or what I wanted to do. Instead, it was about other people. I wanted to really tune in and listen to God’s voice leading me.
The biggest thing God showed me during this trip was where I could provide love. The first day I was home I visited Lake Street, where many of the riots had been happening. As I biked through the streets, I prayed that God would show me who I could show His love to. I tried to say “hello” or “God bless you” to as many people as I could. There were a lot of people on Lake Street that day and I wanted to spread a message of peace and love.
I was able to stop and help a man whose bike went flat, and as I did, I asked him how he was doing and if I could pray for him. I continued and God showed me another man whom I could pray for. Now, I couldn’t stop and pray for every person, but I was keeping my eyes and heart open to God’s leading so that I could spread the Good News of God to whomever I was able.
Regardless of where people are at in their journey with God, I think we all know deep down that God is about love. That’s what I want to portray to others as I act as His ambassador.
On another day, I was able to volunteer at a local restaurant to distribute food to those in need. There, the power of giving and selflessness in those who were serving was palpable. There’s something about a group of people sacrificing their time and energy to give to those in need that’s really special.
Lastly, I had the privilege of baptizing a friend of mine who gave his life to Jesus just a few months ago. As he, his girlfriend and I headed down to a creek near my parents’ house, I wasn’t sure what to say or what to do, but I knew God had placed me in that moment for a purpose. I’m so blessed that God gave me the words to say and allowed me to receive enough of His wisdom and teaching to be part of that moment.
As I continue to reflect on and journal about this trip (so much that my hand hurts from writing), God has led me to the Psalms. King David’s words are just perfect for this time. He, as king, was extremely overwhelmed about serving God and doing the right thing. He saw poverty and injustice in his world and felt responsible for it. It wasn’t until David fully committed to trusting and serving God that he became a better king and impacted his people with God’s truth and power. He may not have known what to say or what to do in every circumstance, but he knew how to pray — honestly and often. He was always on his knees, seeking guidance and comfort from God.
That is how I want to live my days. As I seek more of God, I aim to share more of Him with others. I want to live my life to bear others’ burdens, with the lens of Jesus, understanding what they’re going through. Every time I look outside of myself and my needs, I become more aware that there is a much greater purpose worth serving. So I plan to follow where God leads me.
— Nate Augspurger, USA Rugby and San Diego Legion player
Nate Augspurger is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Nate’s Increase profile here.
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