You may be wondering what changed my mind about doing rideshare, as opposed to deliveries. The simple answer is that I feel God is calling me to do it.
I don't plan to stop doing deliveries, I'm just adding rideshare as another opportunity. As a courier, I don't have the chance to actually talk to the customers. And, I believe God put me where I am in order to glorify Him.
Yes, I can do a good job. I can make people ask, "What does she have that I don't have" by how I act, but anyone can do that. If I don't have the opportunity to tell people that Jesus is the reason I do what I do, how I do it, with the attitude I do it with, then everything I do is in vain!
Rideshare gives me the opportunity to actually talk to my customers - to spend time with them, ministering to them - listening to their needs and learning about their situations, so I am able to offer the best advise and encouragement in the Lord I can!
I believe God expects us to go and preach to all the world, to tell them the Good News, that Christ is alive and that He is coming again to gather all of those who believe in Him. (Matthew 28:18-20)
I also believe that God expects us to bloom where we are planted. If the opportunity is not open for you to go to Africa to preach the Gospel to those who have never heard it, then God expects you to do it where there IS an opportunity. Does this mean you should not support those who go to the other side of the world? No! But, it does mean that the people around you are JUST AS IMPORTANT to Him!
We are expected to plant seeds. When we plant those seeds, they grow. They bloom, and a plant that blooms SPREADS MORE SEEDS. You and I were seeds at one time. We have grown. Now it is time for us to spread more seeds in the place in which we are planted! We are expected to fertilize them with the Gospel, and watch God take the Harvest!
Doing rideshare is way out of my comfort zone. I, as a rule, don't like being around people I don't know much. I feel uncomfortable. I stutter. I don't know how to start conversations. I am not a sociable person. (Believe that or not). If I do anything that requires me to talk to people I don't know, it is because I feel that God wants me to do it.
God gave me the opportunity. And, in so doing, yes, I will get paid. (Philippians 4:19).
In anything I do, I try to follow what God would want from me. Today is the Sabbath. I am WAY behind on my bills, and I have a $250 ticket I have to pay by the 12th of this month. I am trusting that God will provide. It is HIS idea that I take off on the Sabbath to rest. (Deuteronomy 5:12-15) So I have to believe that God will provide for me to be able to do so!
Yes, there is more danger in doing rideshare. I don't have faith in humanity. There are evil people out there; and, I will be on the front lines as a Christian. However, I cannot let FEAR rule me. There is danger in anything I do, and in anything I have done in the past. If I let fear control me, I would never walk out my front door to do anything!
I believe Satan's biggest tool is FEAR. He uses it to keep God's people from taking action. Right now, someone out there needs to hear what Jesus has done for me; and, God has given me the opportunity to tell them. I will not let Satan or his methods stop me!