Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Expand Your Vision

We recently attended a baseball game where the sun was blazing at us for about 45 minutes into it. I was so thankful I had my sunglasses on! My poor boys didn't have theirs so I had to continually shade them until the sun went down. Sunglasses really do help me see when the sun is shining bright!

What about you? Do you have your SONglasses on? I believe God's Son is shining bright and we need to see what He is doing in our lives. I recently attended a foster youth conference where I was a break out session speaker. There was a wrapping contest where some of these students shared their story through a "Spoken Word." Hearing of their struggles and heartaches broke my heart and reminded me why it was so important for me to be there. In sharing my story in my session, I was amazed by how God worked, not only in the teen girls, but the adult ladies who were present. I felt Him tell me, "Expand your vision. You don't only need to speak in Christian circles. I need you out here." It was like my eyes were opened to a whole new world of possibilities.

Since then God has opened more doors for me to speak to more teen girls. Amazing! Do I feel overwhelmed? Without a doubt! Am I nervous? Absolutely! Do I feel like I deserve this? Certainly not! However, my strength, confidence and ability do not rest in myself, but in Him who calls me. He is faithful to do it through me!

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT) reminds us, "So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do."

Keep your SONglasses on for you never know what God will show you and how He will use you. He is always at work and shining bright in our world. More than that, He asks us to participate with Him in making known. What a privilege! So, don't close your eyes but put your spiritual shades on by seeking God in His word and in prayer. Discern what He is asking of you and know that whatever He asks, He is faithful to do it through you!