(All lady’s names in our group were changed to ensure their privacy. Not that any of us has ever done anything wrong . . . Hee, hee.)
W H I S P E R
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice” and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter–when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.” Isaiah 58::6-7
As women of the Church, we enjoy and grow in the Church where we worship in today because someone served God years before us with their gifts, talents, giving, prayers, service, etc. Someone years from now, will flourish and serve God in the Church where they worship in the future because we served God today (Stay with me now–wait for it, wait for it . . . ) with our gifts, talents, money, service and prayers that God gave each of us. As it was meant to be, each generation of service to God is vital to the next generation!
Some of our “God’s Girls” have earned endearing nicknames because they are especially good at something; they stand out in an area where no one else could shine. We have a “Quote Girl,” a “Prayer Giant,” “Miss Hospitality,” “Miss Maxanista,” “Tender Hearted,” “Inspiration Girl,” “Miss Make-It-Happen Girl” and an “Idea Dear.” We aren’t done nicknaming everyone yet; we are taking our time (we don’t like to misname someone and accidentally scar them for the rest of their life . . . )
God is calling the women of the Church to do what we were made to do! God has given each of us a passion for something in our lives. “You have an anointing to be you. The good news is, nobody can be a better you than you.” 1 God will allow the experiences that you endure, good and bad, (although the experiences God uses are usually the ones that are not the good experiences; they are the usually the crummiest things that ever happened to you–“Oh know, not that!”) to help you to be uniquely you! It doesn’t mean that God is going to make you the first woman President, a famous actress, or another Mother Theresa–although it could happen! It might be that God just wants you to share the beautiful smile that He gave you, or He might want you to use your gentleness to speak to hurting people.
Our Pastor Bryan Stamper, Sr., Ph.D. (I always call him that, and it is his God-given name by the way) told the following story during a sermon: There was a probe that was sent into space in 1972, and Houston hoped that it would make it to Jupiter where it was hoped that the probe would then enter Jupiter’s magnetic orbit and be flung further out into our solar system. Sure enough, the probe was flung 4 billion miles to Neptune and then 5 billion miles to what he remembered as Pluto (I didn’t catch him at the end of the sermon to explain that Pluto no longer exists!). All that was done with just 8 watts–the same amount of light in a night-light!
In the “Orbit of Jesus,” God will help us to do what we could never do by ourselves! “Da, da!” . . . And that is what it is all about; it is allowing God to do with us what we cannot do on our own!
1. Osteen, Joel. Every Day a Friday. FaithWords, Hachette Book Group, 2002, Page 131.