September 3, 2018

Speak Up!

Posted in true story tagged , , , , at 8:06 am by Broken & Brave

When I was in high school I was involved in a few clubs, not a lot of clubs because I was busy with school and with the cheer squad and was happy with that much on my plate. I think I was in the German club (because I took German in middle school and it was the only language offered I kept with it in high school) I was in a civics community club that serves needs around campus. But this was about it—-
if there were more I don’t recall or wasn’t super involved.

I got good grades. Was named by my peers friendly and kind and I stayed out of trouble. I was one of those good kids who was just wired that way. I got teased for it a bit, but that’s ok.

Many years after high school, like 10 years after, I was visiting with a woman who spiritually mentored a gal I went to high school with but I didn’t know really well at that time, and even less in high school. She wasn’t my grade so we didn’t have classes together and my high school was a largely populated school.
Anyway, she (the mentor) shared with me that she remembered when I was in school that this gal and other kids she mentored were actively praying I would join the Christian club.

I had no idea.
I never joined the Christian club.

Their prayer never came to pass. Why? Because I had no idea there even was a Christian club and they never invited me. She never even made effort to introduce herself or get to know me and tell me there was a Christian club check it out sometime. Nothing. I had absolutely no clue at all.

People will never know what you expect from them if you don’t tell them. They may never come if they remain uninvited. They may even be unaware what is on your heart exists.

When Jesus is on our heart what do we do with it?

My best friend from college didn’t even know that Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Christ. She was completely unchurched and at the age of 22 no one had told her. I told her. I shared my faith and invited her to experience Jesus. She eventually took the invitation and became a Christian and God is a part of her heart and life. She didn’t know He existed just like I didn’t know that Christian club existed or that people were praying for me to do something specific.

Never make assumptions about people. Pardon my candor but there is an idiom that goes, “assuming makes an ass out of you and me (ass-u-me)”.
If someone asks you- be willing to tell them your expectations. Often times clear lines of communication are the best way to get something done.
Do not be fearful and expect they will reject your invitation.

Not every dream comes true.
But there will always be growth in the “do”.

God will give you something else to do.
Some dreams die so something else can be born.

Not everyone is on the same page. Not everyone is willing to help you find your way. Not everyone is going to celebrate with you or even just celebrate you—that’s ok too. Not everyone is going to esteem or value your heart, mind or your words.

All of these filtering tools are a gift. God means to sift out that which is only holding you back.
Not everyone wants to invest in the Process.

Choose Wisely who you allow in your Inner Circle and decide for yourself, “What does God want me to do to help others find the Way? How can I invest and be a blessing? What work has the Lord for me to do?”
As Believers we want to be known for our ability to make others feel warm and “invited” as though our presence ushered the presence of God like a cozy blanket on a cool day.

📌Points for discussion:

•When was the last time you shared your faith with someone? I’m not talking about vomiting Jesus all over people-that usually doesn’t work. I mean, meet them where they are at. Listen. Love. Invest. With your listening you can determine where they have need and how the Lord can be a solution to what they are dealing with. We present as a solution not a religion. Relationship with others drives the relationship to others having relationship with God.

•Have you ever expected someone to know how you felt (good or bad), but you didn’t do anything to help them hear your heart? You never spoke of it?
How did that turn out?

•What are some practical ways you can become a better communicator today? There is blessing in healthy communication!

Here’s what I know. Heaven always has a way of communicating with you. Ask the Lord today—
He has answers for your every dilemma and request. YOU are invited.💞


“Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”
John 15:9


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