"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
I suppose you can understand me a little if you understand that you will never be able to understand me at all. I have a totally different wiring process than the average person. I'm not saying it is better or worse, but I love my wiring. As much as it sometimes frustrates others it blesses me because I know who created me. I see things differently. I feel things differently. I enjoy things differently. I understand things differently. I'm purposefully different.
When I read the scripture above [Acts 1:8] I sense an immediate command of, "you will." You WILL receive power and you WILL be a witness to the Truth of Jesus Christ. Saying you will may rub some the wrong way. There is a submissiveness that comes with an understanding of the gift and the giver. We aren't asked to do something we aren't equipped for. God equips us. He loves us and equips us to love others in Truth. It is a very simple concept.
I'm not one that enjoys being told what to do. In my humanness, my feathers ruffle...through my faith, being submissive becomes purposeful.
What do I have to offer to the those God places in my life? Sometimes I think about the fact that I have very little to offer. Seriously. I'm not trying to put myself down. I appreciate who I am and how very blessed I am, but when God handed out the obvious talents to bring others to him, I must have been hiding.
I am okay with being different and not having some sort of visible talent because...I know God wired me. I guess this is why I never understand how those with the talent of music can not share and use it for the Glory of our Father in Heaven. I understand that not everyone can be in the choir but I do hope that the musically gifted souls are finding a way to share God's love through it in some way.
So many times we find that we don't understand and that we don't have answers. This is how I approach my lack of seeing how God can possibly use me. I don't give up. I get up each day asking God to use me to make a difference in a life. Maybe this difference will be the seed that grows into his greatest harvest.
When I get to heaven maybe I will understand how he used me. Maybe I'll never know. What I do know is that the scripture says...YOU WILL receive power and YOU WILL be my witnesses. I think this says we have a choice of acceptance and service. Now, what we do with our choice is up to us.
I choose this day to serve the One God!
When we were in South Bend this past week I snapped this reflection picture. It is one of my all-time favorite blessings from God. He gives me such beauty to see. Feeling blessed!
The Notre Dame University stadium is known for its view of "Touchdown Jesus", a nickname given to the large mural entitled The Word of Life by Millard Sheets of the resurrected Jesus. Installed in 1964 on the Hesburgh Library, the mosaic wall looms over the stadium, mirroring the raised arms of a referee signifying a touchdown. The expansion of the stadium in the late 1990s partially obscured the view of the mural from the playing field. The Word of Life mural was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard V. Phalin of Winnetka, Illinois.