Lately I’ve been taking inventory of my life… Been doing a lot of soul searching. Asking myself how have I survived 21 years of serving God? How have I been married for almost 20 years? And how in the world did I get to the point in my life where I am now… Living out of suitcases on my way to be missionaries…WITHOUT MY SON!?!
And I think I have the answer. Obviously, it’s Jesus, right!? Yes.
But it’s more than that.
I’ve made it this long in my salvation and in my marriage because from the very beginning of my salvation I’ve had people investing in my life. People who have become closer to me than my own family. I figured out early on in my salvation that I needed friends who were not only gonna be cool to hang with a few times a week, but friends who I would allow to speak into my life and challenge my faith and call me out if need be. I needed those types of friendships and I need to be that type of friend, too.
Why am I telling you this, you ask?
Well, I’m an observer. I notice things that maybe some people don’t notice. I see things that others may not see right away… Especially when it comes to my kids. I believe that God put that in us as parents for multiple reasons and one is so we can pray for them. And two, so we can deposit words of wisdom and knowledge and help guide them in the ways of God.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have saved parents to help me in this area, but what i did have were people that God put in my life to teach me how to truly be saved.
I was once the new convert; New to the church, family drama, fornicating, no car, etc., And yes I needed friends in the church to hang out with but I also needed them to challenge me to change. They didn’t always preach to me, but they guided me by their example and by making every time we hung out intentional.
Jesus was always at the center of everything they said and did, and that is what attracted me to them and to God.
They weren’t even that cool in my eyes lol, but there was something about them that was different from what i was used to and that is what I knew I wanted and needed.
And I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be here if they were carnal Christians trying to fit in the world and at the same time trying to follow up on me.
I already knew how to be carnal and worldly, that was easy. What I didn’t know how to be was saved and set apart.
My whole point is to challenge & encourage you to be different and set apart from this world… For the sake of the destiny of others, who may be new to the church or not saved at all and for your sake, as well.
We have too many carnal Christians.
What we need are on fire Christians who are sold out & Holy Ghost filled who are unashamedly willing to reach this lost and dying world!
And you my friend, are that person. It’s in you.
I want to encourage you to keep being a friend to that new convert who God brought into your life and to challenge them and draw a line when need be. And at the same time, challenge yourself to step it up and start getting aggressive with the devil and not let mediocrity snatch them away.
Because you never know, that new convert who doesn’t seem to quite “get it” could possibly be a missionary one day! And it’ll all be because you actually took the time to help lead and guide them on the straight and narrow road right to their destiny.
They will one day look back on the past 21 years of their lives, with such a grateful heart and thank you for all the time spent on them, thank you for all the late night talks, thank you for the many times they made bad choices and you were there to help them get back up and continue on the road they never thought was possible and even thank you for the numerous amounts of rebukes that you might have to give. They will thank you for never giving up on them and for believing in them even when they didn’t believe in themselves.
As I count down the days to our departure, I can’t help but to think of every single person who has helped me get to this point in my life.
(Because I was not the easiest new convert to deal with!…I was a rebellious little thang!) I want to thank each and every one of you. I know without a shadow of a doubt, I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for y’all. Never in a million years would I have ever thought I’d be where I’m at now.
But most of all, I am so grateful for the love and patience of Christ. He has been so good & faithful to me throughout the years. And I’m looking forward to see the next chapter of my life unfold!