Sunday, March 11, 2012
Mapping My Community
The above photo is a map of the Santa Clarita Valley--my community. With a couple-hundred-thousand people in the valley, covering more than three hundred square miles, there are a lot of intersections (large and small) in my community.
In addition to trying to spend an average of an hour a day out in my community with the cross, I am going to try to spend time at every intersection in the valley. I may not finish before the Lord calls me home, but I'm going to give it a try.
So, to help me keep track of where I've been with the cross, I picked up a map from AAA. While you cannot see it in the above photo, each intersection where I've stood with the cross is represented by a green dot. And while I've been to many intersection several times, to date I have spent time with the cross at forty-five intersections in my community. I was surprised to discover how many intersections I've covered.
I'm a little nervous about trying to take the cross to every intersection. The reason is when I start going to the smaller, neighborhood intersections, I think it's going to feel a little like door-to-door evangelism. Seeing a person standing with a cross at a major intersection is one thing. Seeing the same person down the street from your front door, well, is another thing entirely. On the bright side, I do expect to be contacted by more people in the neighborhoods than at major intersections.
If you carry a cross as I do, I want to encourage you to map your community. Get to as many intersections as you can, which will give you the opportunity to be seen by and to talk to more people.