He loves us the same

I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger great than the one who sent him.” John 13:16

There is a wonderful woman that attends my church. I consider her a Saint. She is loved by everyone she meets and is highly regarded. She has endured much in her life, a rough childhood and overcoming cancer. The first time I ever heard her speak was at a Women’s tea at a different church. I wanted to email her and tell her how I enjoyed her words. I never did, but thought of her often. The second Sunday at our new church, up walks a women on the stage to give the announcements. I realize, “It is her, I have to talk to her.” Immediately after service, I ran over to her. I asked her if she was the speaker at a tea a few years ago. She said she was. I told her how much I enjoyed it and was so happy to finally meet her. Over the next few years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know her and she has given me so much advice and a listening ear.

On a Sunday in 2012, I saw a friend before church. As we were talking, that woman who I highly regard, walked over, gave us hugs and said hello. I told my friend, “Someday, I hope to grow up to be like her. She handles difficult situations with ease and always seems to be praising God through it. My friends said, “Wait until you hear the sermon today!” Her husband, another amazing individual gave a sermon about their struggle during the time she battled cancer. The sermon was tearful and inspirational. Their journey was scary and weary. After the sermon, a different friend I was sitting behind, came over and put her arm around me and said I have a word from the Lord for you. She said, “God loves you the same as the woman this sermon was about.” Cue the ugly cry.

What a beautiful reminder that God loves His children the same. We wish we could be more godly or be just like amazing people we know. God uses us all differently and we need to accept it whether it seems grand or simple. Comparing ourselves is an opportunity the enemy uses to make us feel insignificant or valueless. It gives us a reason to not even try. We can look to amazing people as inspiration and to remember everything is for His glory.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, remind to do all things for the glory of the Lord. Use the big and the small gestures to advance your Kingdom. Bless all those that are spreading the gospel, whether as a missionary in a far away land, raising children to be good citizens or serving coffee and donuts. I am so thankful that you are not comparing us to one another and that you are pleased with what we do to give glory to your name, In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”

Day #13

Keep encouraging others! I sent a text telling a person that they are doing a great job. She texted back and said it made her day and that she needed the encouragement. Not everyone responds to our encouraging words, but more than likely they appreciate them!

Open my eyes and ears but close my mouth…

He who answers a matter before he hears the facts-it is folly and shame to him.” Proverbs 18:3

Active listening with an open mind is a difficult task. It is like walking down a wooden staircase with socks on. This happens when we are debating or hearing out a person with a differing opinion than our own. Sometimes we form judgments of a person, we hardly know and won’t give them a chance. This happens with our relationship with the Lord. We want to know the way we are supposed to go now or why something wasn’t answered. Right this second. Instead of waiting and listening, we think or pray-beg ourselves into oblivion to come up with answers quickly.

I was partnered with someone at a church through a women’s ministry. I was not happy I got paired with her. I didn’t know how she was going to help me or guide me. I only had a few experiences with her and they weren’t positive. I wanted a new partner. I wanted to cry. What I needed was a warm cup of shut the heck up.

After I found out about the pairing, I called one of the leaders of the ministry and told her that this wasn’t going to work. I felt guilt for the crummy attitude but thought I would be wasting my time and hers as well. I asked if I should be truthful and tell her some issues I had with her and see if she still wanted to be paired with me. My attitude was awful and ungodly. Thankfully, this leader was filled with Godly wisdom. She said, “God doesn’t do anything in a hurry.” She explained that, the team prayed over every pairing and believed she was the right partner for me. She did not want me to tell her any of my past issues I had with her but to let God take control. She asked for me to see how the first few meetings went and then let her know if I still felt that way.

The experience ended up being one of the best of my life. I learned so much. I grew deeper in my relationship with the Lord. That is what mattered. God will use anybody to further His Kingdom. We may wish to be partnered with certain people and sometimes He will choose someone else, because He knows what we need.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for every person you have put in my life. Sometimes, I wonder their purpose, so help me to see past my judgments. Remove the blinders and allow me to see people how you see them. Teach me to remain calm to assess situations. If it uncertain, give me patience to give people a chance or allow a way out if it is not of your will. In Jesus’ Name…AMEN!