We are continuing our 30 Days of Gratitude! If you missed the scoop about why we’re celebrating, be sure to check out Episode One. Yesterday, I asked a simple question: “What if I told you…?”. Today, we’re going to be discussing Day Twenty- Seven’s topic: My Proof.
Today I AM grateful for so much. I got to spend Thanksgiving at Myrtle Beach with my family, and I got to see the wonders of God’s creation every single day. I’m alive, I’m well, and I’m happy! I have so so so so SO MUCH to be grateful for.
I’m going to get a little personal today, and I’m going to talk about the proof I have that I AM called to do what I do. No matter what has happened in my life, no matter how many times people have doubted me and told me that I was unqualified and unfit to do what I’m doing – this one thing has served as constant proof that God is with me and that God has anointed and equipped me for every aspect of what I do.
You may feel unqualified sometimes. You may feel beat up by the constant criticism of others. You may find yourself stuck in the comparison trap that keeps you from seeing your own greatness because you’re blinded by others and what they are doing. However, just know that when God has anointed you, THERE WILL BE PROOF. Remember that.
Let’s get into today’s lesson.
“Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 9:1-2 (ESV)
~ Today’s Declaration ~
There is somebody somewhere who is waiting to hear my story.
In 2012, I started digging into suicide prevention research. I ran across a story of a girl who had died by suicide after being severely bullied. As I began to put a conference call together to talk about suicide prevention, I ran across a young lady. She is a minor, so I won’t mention her name. She mentioned on Facebook that she had attempted suicide the same night that the young lady had. God told me to reach out to her, and I did. Awkward! I did it, though.
I wrote her a nice note of encouragement, and then I went on with my life. Three months went by. I was heading to sleep, and God told me to reach out to her again. I said, “Nah, that’s weird. I’m not doing that.” I went to sleep.
AS SOON as I got to sleep, I began to cough uncontrollably. I was so irritated. God spoke to me again and told me to reach out to the young lady. Reluctantly, I did. I said what God told me to say. She wrote me back. She told me that she had been sitting there contemplating suicide, and had I not reached out to her, she probably would have gone through with it.
Every time God would tell me to reach out to her, I would. To the glory of God, she has gone from being a drug-addicted teenager who had to go to rehab to someone who has a GED and a job. Not only that, but she is working toward getting her high school diploma just because she wants to have it. Let me tell you something: You are not here by chance. NOTHING that you have gone through is by chance. ALL of it will help someone get out of what they’re in. God is amazing.
Last year, my organization did a sock drive for homeless shelters in the area. This young lady sent me a Christmas card with a pair of socks in it, and this is what she said:
“Merry Christmas! Not much is going to be in this envelope, since they’re small and I can’t fit a lot into them. I’m sending a separate one with the rest. I know it’s not a lot, but I hope it helps, even if it just helps one or two people. Happy Holidays!”
This. From someone I’ve never met in person, and would have never even known had God not told me to get online and do research about suicide prevention, which probably would have never even been a thought if I hadn’t attempted so many times. It all works together. Remember that. What you have endured, what you’re going through now, and what’s up ahead: it ALL works together.
LIVE. You’re helping somebody. Trust me. I’m proud of you. If you don’t have your proof yet, you will. Just hold on.
Have an amazing day today. Show love to yourself AND others. Be GREAT! I speak life to you and everyone and everything connected to you! Catch me tomorrow!