UBER for Ministry?
I’m an UBER driver. LOL! I had no idea that I would ever drive for UBER, and I’m even more surprised how much I love doing it.
A bit nervous about who I might encounter, I did what any Christian Entrepreneur would do – I prayed – for protection, for divine appointments, for the Holy Spirit to fill my car, and well . . . here’s what happened. . .
I got just what I prayed for.
What did I expect?
Well, let me not jump ahead of myself here. As a bit of background, my decision to start UBER driving came from the need that all business owners have for cash in hand while building the structure of a company. I had always done that through consulting, but I found that I often ended up working too many hours at those types of positions and then not have the “bandwidth” to take care of building the main business.
I started to pray about what I could do, and then I realized that being an UBER driver would be a perfect opportunity for me to add some cash in my pocket, while feeding my extrovert personality. I just didn’t know that God had so much more in store.
Sure, there were “normal” and polite clients that needed to get from point A to B.
However, I did have this one – it was clearly a divine appointment.
I pulled into the bar parking lot and the gal put her cigarette out just before falling in the backseat and I asked “How are you tonight?” and she started crying. I reached back and grabbed her hand and asked her how I could help – would she like to talk?
No. She just wanted to visit her mother’s memorial tree. It was only a few minutes out of the way. She said something about giving me a bigger tip, and I said, no worries. I’m happy to drive you there. I noticed the cross necklace that she wore and wondered if it belonged to her mother.
As she started out of the car, I asked her if she needed company. She said no. She had another cigarette and cried over her mother’s memorial and then jumped back in. She was so grateful, but her breathing was still labored.
I told her if she needed to talk, I’d be happy to listen, but the ride was silent.
However, I noticed – her breathing changed. She became calm.
I thought about how Jesus calmed the storm, and felt him remind me that when I asked for the Holy Spirit to be present in my car, that she had entered at atmosphere that brought peace.
So, as I pulled in her driveway and parked, I said, can I give you a hug – I won’t charge extra. She said that she’d like that. I hugged her – like a mom would hug a child, and then I asked her – can I pray with you? She said “Yes, please”, and I prayed over her. Right then and there, I just knew that I was meant to be her Uber driver that night. I was sent to give her love.
And I also knew that it started an unlikely ministry for me. Just an opportunity to create an atmosphere of peace and joy in a world where that can be in short supply.
So, now I consider my UBER time an opportunity to be paid to pray. Have you had experiences like this? I’d love to hear about them. Send me an email or comment below.
Interested in driving for UBER and/or starting your own “mobile ministry”? Please use my referral code when you sign up – it’s a way to support my business (I get $50 for each person that successfully signs up as a driver) and I’ll be notified about your sign up so I’d love to be able to pray for you as you begin your journey UBERing.: https://partners.uber.com/i/tammyb10560ui