Do you remember the dance the "Bump?" How about riding in bumper cars at the fair? Have you ever been in a bump up? Bumped someone out of place? Bumped into someone lately? Have you ever bumped heads with someone?
Bump! Bump! Bump!
I'm going to intentionally bump someone today. In fact we all will bump people today unless we are secluded hermits. We bump everyone we meet one way or another. Every encounter is a bump for us.
C.S. Lewis says, "It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations...There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations---these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit---immortal horrors or everlasting splendors."
Now, let me tell you C.S. Lewis is hard for me to understand sometimes. His writing is often too deep for my country girl's brain.
But this quote haunts me. Here's my take on what he is saying:
We need to understand that everyone we encounter (Bump into) is on a journey to eternity. We are everlasting creatures. We are either on the road to being an everlasting being, made to look like Jesus and His glory in Heaven, or like the repulsive horror of Satan in hell. There is no other choice. We will be spending eternity one place or the other. With that being the case, our encounters become more important. Because we are either going to bump someone toward Jesus or bump them toward Hell. I don't know about you but I want to bump them toward Jesus!
I have looked at my daily life in a different way. I have told you before that I enjoy telling drivers what to do, and not always in a calm way. I think that's one reason they asked me to do pick-up duty at school. :) Since meditating on this idea of bumping people toward heaven or hell, I have tried to change my actions. Instead of making faces at, or giving other drivers a good talking too, I now try (Key word "try" cause I'm still learning) to pray for them. My encounters at school have more importance, as does my encounters at the post office, the grocery store, the bank, the gas station (this one is hard right now with gas prices so high), the doctors office (spending a lot of painful time there), the person who served me my coffee at Dunken Doughnuts this morning, and anyone I walk by or bump into. They are all on their way to looking like Jesus or looking like the enemy for eternity. My actions will push them closer to one or the other.
Time is running out! Jesus may come in our lifetime, but even if He doesn't come until after we are long gone, we are not promised tomorrow. Today, you will affect someone! Today, you will either push someone toward God or the enemy, unless you sit at home and don't talk to another soul. Even then, you don't know who may be watching your house wondering if you ever come out. Bump them toward Jesus!
Remember you are being bumped too. I hope that by reading this I have bumped you toward Jesus. You have bumped me toward Him many times and I love you for that! It's time we make it an agenda---a priority.
Bump! Bump! Bump!
Bumping for Jesus!