If the Lord is gracious and grants a long life, most women will have a season of bearing and rearing children followed by a season nearly as long investing in others in a more diffuse way. I understand that transition can be disorienting for some women. But being an empty-nester doesn't need to feel empty if you look at life with "gospel eyes." There are young women in the church who need encouragement and mentoring--and there are unbelievers everywhere else in life who need to hear the gospel. The Great Commission continues!
What keeps me from seeking the lost? At least half the time the answer is that I don’t even see them. I often don’t see the person in front of me as lost. I barely even see him as a person. I may see him as an interruption or an obstacle or a means to my ends for the day. I may see him as a “sinner” and label the sin without a second thought. I may even see him as my evangelism project. But person?
“Gospel eyes” is the expression my husband has coined to encapsulate the way we need to see people for the sake of the gospel mission. I find that so helpful. As I read the gospels, I am amazed at how Jesus saw people who would have been invisible to me. The widow of Nain would have been lost to me in the crowd of noisy mourners. My eye probably would have been drawn to the corpse of her son or distracted by the wailing women. The hemorrhaging woman would have completely escaped my attention in the rush to help the synagogue official’s son. Even Pilate, during his interrogation at the trial, would have been invisible to me in my fear of what he was about to do. Jesus, perfectly in tune with the Father, saw each of these in their created dignity and tragic fallenness. Because he saw them, he didn’t miss the opportunity to seek them.
No matter what season of life you are in today, there are plenty of people standing near you who need to be seen through "gospel eyes"! I trust Rondi's perspective will be a blessing to you.