I was reminded again today of one of my Precept students from Tampa. It was 1983. She saw potential in me and signed me up for a basic CLASS seminar–and paid for it. I can’t even remember her name. What an awesome time that was. What an awesome blessing. That was also when I first met Patsy Clairmont and heard her speak and share her story about suffering with agoraphobia.
I’ve been thumbing through my old notebook and just dug out my “graduation” pin–“Say It With Class.” Thank goodness they survived my recent decluttering and treasure-tossing frenzy.
I’ve taught some, written a little, and spoken at retreats, but I think the time has come for me to REALLY use all that I learned in that seminar. Maybe I should consider going to basic again or one of the advanced trainings. I’m not sure I was as effective in ministry then as I can be now. I hadn’t been through enough fires. I hadn’t hurt enough. I couldn’t really relate to pain.
I’ve had some doors open up in the last month. I need to be still to sense which one (ones) I’m supposed to walk through. I just want to be “a pencil in God’s hand” (Mother Teresa) and fulfill the purpose He has for me. I want His plans and my desires to be the one and the same.
By the way, thank you to that sweet sister from my past. I will never forget your encouragement and your faith in my ability to be a witness. And thank you Patsy and Florence Littauer!
“Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 (Amplified Bible)
Do your plans fit in with God’s special purpose for a special you?