Hello! Happy (almost) weekend!
It’s FMF link-up time, which means we gather ’round to free write for five minutes flat on a single word prompt.
This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: CROWD
Ready to write?
Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.
This past week I announce a new book I’ve been working on with co-author Shannon Popkin. It’s called Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me), and I’m so excited to tell you more about it soon!
In the process of writing the book, I’ve been struck by the way Jesus interacted with the crowds during His ministry. On more than one occasion, He avoids the crowds altogether and instead either goes to a solitary place or moves on to another location with His disciples, that He may continue preaching elsewhere.
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, ‘Everyone is looking for you.’ And he said to them, ‘Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out’” (Mark 1:35-38, ESV).
So many of us in this writing and speaking sphere bend over backwards to get an attentive audience. We try all sorts of things to get people to listen to us, to read our work, to attend our events, to pay attention.
Jesus had an audience seeking Him out. He didn’t have to post on social media to try to get people to read His message; they lined up, waiting to hear what He had to say. And yet, He chose to walk away from them.
He could have succumbed to the temptation for popularity. He could have let pride inflate His ego: “Everyone is looking for Me.” Instead, He moved on. Why? To fulfill His purpose: “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out” (Mark 1:38, emphasis mine).
Yes, He preached to multitudes — but He also invested in the Twelve. Yes, He had compassion on crowds — but He also poured the bulk of His ministry into His much smaller band of faithful disciples, trusting that they would carry on His work when He was gone.
What comes to mind when YOU think of the word, CROWD? Share with us in the blog link-up below!
ALSO: If you haven’t heard yet,
we’re doing 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes again this October!
Learn more HERE
Happy writing, friends! (And don’t forget to leave a comment on the blog linked up before yours!)