It's 9:05 p.m. on May 2nd and I've committed to a 30 day writing challenge. This is the second time I have sat down to think on the topic presented for today and write. The first time (while surrounded my a great view - see pic), yielded no words other than the title of the topic, typed into the notes on my phone. But, after a lot of thinking and mentally opening up the old filing cabinet in my head, I think I can meet today's writing challenge.
Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.
While I dug into the memory files, I was able to come up with a lot of negative things and as I could wind a great story of sadness, hurt and maybe just rude things that have been said to me. I thought it'd be best, not to give much credit to the ones who said those things, nor did I enjoy thinking about them. So then I thought, what was something good. And I remembered a boss I had that would say "Tell me something good" based on a motivational speaker that we saw a few times back in my HR/Recruiting days. So I decided to think about something good.
It was a bit of a challenge, which made me realize I should probably be better about receiving the really great words spoke to me. I'm terrible with compliments and instantly or most quickly disregard them, anyone relate?
But then, just like that the Lord reminded me of a friend who sent me a super sweet message about 5 years ago. I had saved this message on my phone so I had a perfectly curated image of it. Here's what it said:
"I want you to know that the little bits of empowerment and the little notes of praise are noticed. Over the last three years I have truly come into my faith and tomorrow I am meeting with my Pastor to be baptized for the first time in my life. The smile on your face, the happiness in your spirit just confirms that when we release it all to God it is good. I read Tim Keller's book on prayer when you posted it a few weeks ago. This is your quiet unassuming ministry, keep going."
Just typing and rereading that note right now, brings me to tears, just like it did almost 5 years ago. My testimony has brought me closer to some, and moved me farther away from others. But at the end of the day, if it brings anyone, just one closer to the Lord, it's all been worth it. My heart is full. And just to be clear...I'm just a messenger, God does all the work, He just lets me co-labor with him.