I am often asked to speak at different events. I recently lead a discussion during a break out session among single young women at my church’s women’s conference (I blogged about it a few weeks ago). My session was called Pillow Talk (which I borrowed from a flyer I created for a friend). The ladies were very active participants. Their participation just might’ve had something to do with my bowl of candy that I passed to each person when they shared with the group. 🙂 We definitely had a frank, candid conversation about dating, temptation, sex and life. I was pleasantly surprised at the excitement and interaction among the group members who ranged from 16 – 50+. I received lots of positive feedback.
I’m continually amazed and blessed when people are moved, affected or inspired by my words – both written and spoken. I say thank you. (Long sidenote: I’m learning to accept compliments. I have a friend who tells me that I don’t accept compliments well. I can admit that that is true. Having all of the attention focused on me makes me uncomfortable, which is strange given that when I am speaking in court, everyone’s attention is on me.) I digress. When I receive compliments, internally, I am thinking (1) I’m not anyone special and (2) I haven’t said anything profound or anything that I someone else hasn’t said before. But, then I have to remind myself that I AM God’s Vessel (2 Timothy 2:21) and that he created little ol’ me to do GREAT works for HIM (Ephesians 2:10). I’m floored by that and amazed at God’s grace.
As the Williams Brothers sang, “I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody.” I remember this song from a Williams Brothers tape my mother had when I was a child. I understood the basic point they were trying to get across, but the more my faith is deepened, the more I realize how profound those simple words are.
When you receive praise and compliments for things that you do, you too may feel that you aren’t anyone special. But, trust me, you are! It is great to be humble. But, it is also important to acknowledge the fruit of God’s blessings on your life. We never accomplish anything on our own. It is only by God’s grace that we are able to accomplish or excel. And, even when you feel less than special or plain old ordinary, there are people watching you who want to be just like you.
Prayer: Lord, I offer YOU all or me (my heart, gifts, abilities, time, energy ,and finances)! Use me to show and tell others about you. Use me for your glory. Finally, please help me to remember that it’s not about me, and that it is all about YOU. Amen.
Peace and blessings!
P.S. Ivori celebrated her 6th birthday on May 21!! It was bittersweet because I realized that almost half of her life is gone (since the life expectancy for her breed is only 13 – 14 years). But, I won’t worry about that. I will be happy for the time I have with her now. The photo above is from our photo session a few weeks ago.
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!