If I learned one thing this week, it's to invest in people. I had a wonderful time during my training, learning new things but if I have one takeaway from my meeting and my travels home yesterday; it's that people matter. We can isolate ourselves or we can challenge ourselves to grow, by meeting people right where they are and investing in them.
As you all know my passion is women in their early twenties. This is largely due to the fact that I believe we make a lot of choices in those years that can hurt us. We don't realize how many choices we face that will have an effect on us later. Those choices will shape us and if we make too many bad choices they can have an overall impact that can be devastating.
Because I opened myself up yesterday and invested in others, I met a beautiful woman last night in Atlanta. I would really like to thank her for talking with me through the hours we waited to get to Kansas. She is a wonderful woman with a very interesting past. You know ladies, we all have pasts. I hope you can look back and your closet isn't full with them. But for most of us, we will regret one or more of our choices. They cling to us like a bad suit and yet, are we to feel the shame of these mistakes? The Bible is clear; God washes us of our sins, when we come to Him and confess them. Our consequences we must pay but the shame and hurt we feel must be released.
I'm not perfect and I never will be. I finally have come to a place in my life where I'm okay with that. I am being perfected, however and I'm willing to continue that process as long as Christ sees fit. We are one in a journey of many choices. Life is like a puzzle. One piece fits perfectly. If you have made some choices you regret, like you didn't finish college or maybe you have been married several times, please don't choose to define yourself by those choices. Go to Jesus for wisdom and ask Him to put your feet on the right path. He will. I can't change the bad choices I've made in my past but I can make better future decisions through prayer and seeking Christ.
I was honored as God brought two very special women into my life yesterday. I always pray that God will bring women to me and it was a mighty blessing to honor Him. I hope they get on this blog today and realize that although strangers; we are one body. It will take all of us to fight the wars of life. If I had one takeaway from this week, it's to invest in people. After this week, I may end up being more successful in my job, due to the training I received, but my greater hope is that I was a blessing to others.
May God be with you today. May He come to you and show you how much He loves you and may you, in turn serve someone else. I am so thankful I didn't put my head in that book yesterday. If you are both reading this blog today, you know who you are. I pray that God would bless you both on your new journey's and if you took anything from yesterday; I hope you realize God was right there, leading our discussion and investing in all of us.
Ephesians 4:30-32 NKJV:
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
I hope that as you go along today; you will receive the forgiveness that Christ gave to all of us. The Holy Spirit is in us, to remind us, of the love and forgiveness God has for His people. If you dare to receive it, you will find many past burdens lifted off your shoulders. Healing from sin begins with us but ends with Christ!
My prayer today:
Thank you Lord, for bringing two very wonderful women into my life yesterday. It was a blessing to me and hopefully, I was a blessing to them. We all make mistakes that cause us to be angry with ourselves but at the end of the day; we must lay them at Your feet and let You wash them away. I am constantly reminded of Your mercy and Your immense grace for those You love. Help us to unite and love all those You love. I wish that we didn't have to sin, but we all fall short. Thank you for washing those mistakes away and covering us. Until the day we bow at Your feet, I pray that we would become women of You. Help us to be bold in this journey and surround us with people that will lift us up, so that we can move through our pasts and put all hurts, bitterness and shame away. You are the greatest Father a girl could ever have and I just want to praise You and thank You for your constant commitment to Your chosen people. In Jesus name, AMEN