You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day and week, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. Because of your generosity, lives are being changed by God’s grace, and we’re able to share these stories with you here!

The Monday After Sunday, May 19, 2013: Our Church on Mission {click HERE to listen to the sermon}

By Anita Everly

Just last weekend I sat at the funeral of my precious grandmother surrounded by good, lovely people I call relatives, many who live 500 miles away and I rarely see. While the Gospel was clearly being presented, I begged God to open the hearts of about half of those people who have absolutely no relationship with Him. They are people I love dearly and have known my whole life, but who attend a funeral without the hope of eternity.

And here it is a week later, and I’ve already forgotten to pray for them many times over.  Urgency and their tangible presence gave way to getting my to-do’s and life in the here and now accomplished.  My passion for them knowing Him has already been snuffed out, all by my own doing.

Similarly, our next door neighbors sold their house this week and will be gone in three weeks. With their departure will also go my opportunity to really be a light to them and make any impression for Christ on their lives. I haven’t been bold enough with them and my time is soon over.

Through the events of this last week and yesterday’s sermon, I realize I cannot let life get in the way. Whether I see my relatives daily or ever see our neighbors again, God has placed them in my life for me to, yes, be a light, but also to be the conduit of prayer for them knowing God.  And I can do that from any location until the end of my days.

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I’m convinced that experiencing death in this life is many things, one of the greatest being to remind us of eternity.  I desperately want my loved ones and neighbors to know Him and be with me in eternity, as well as enjoying the peace and joy that life in Him brings on earth.

It’s very elementary, but will require a bigger commitment from me. My time talking with the Lord, specifically regarding the unsaved in my path, is increasing starting now.  To stay at His feet is the only way that I will know His will in knowing how to boldly and gently love others and share the transforming power of Christ.

It didn’t take long for me to re-write a prayer journal specifically for the salvation of those who share my DNA, those who have crossed my path for only a short time never to see again, for those who are treasured, active participants in life, and even those who are difficult to love and by circumstance are a daily part of my life. A few extra minutes a day could yield an eternity of a difference.

Who in your life desperately needs the hope of Christ? Do you have people for whom you need to pick up the prayer pace?  Are there some you need to be praying for opportunities to be bolder and share? Are we desperate enough for them to know Him to take a little extra time on their behalf?

Each day is one day closer to eternity for all of us. Who’s with you?

Anita Everly is the wife of David and mom to their three sons.  She can be found watching the lives of her men unfold, creating a home, and encouraging other women in life and motherhood.  She is striving to live life on purpose because she is crazy in love with the One who is crazy in love with her.

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