HE MAKES YOU A STORYTELLER

Some days ago, my Youth Pastor called me saying he wanted me to share a bit of my life and experiences (basically education, my Christian walk and work life so far) at our usual Sunday youth service. I was a bit nervous about it because I felt I had nothing extraordinary to share. Apart from that too, I’m quite secretive by nature so opening up about my life especially in public is not an easy feat. I didn’t decline the offer though, because lately I’ve told myself I’ll grasp any leadership opportunity.

Interestingly enough, before I got the call, I was thinking about the fact that it’s always been a dream of mine to be a role model and a mentor to young ones. So, the call from my Pastor I knew, was God doing his own thing with respect to my desire. I quickly started remembering my past and stuff I’ve gone through with respect to the topics stated initially.

I didn’t prepare so much for the Sunday but I just made sure I had everything in my head so I could roll it all out. I was still nervous about it because I felt I had nothing to talk about but I prayed that God take absolute control over whatever I will go and share. So the day came and I was called to the pulpit. I don’t even talk much but after, a friend told me he had recorded and I spoke for 40 minutes! Here I was thinking I had no extraordinary story but then as I was speaking I noticed that I actually do have one.(if you want details from what I shared, come find me lol).

After my plenty talk, two people approached me to tell me my story was very encouraging and they totally enjoyed what I shared. I was so humbled and I realized that everyone has a story. As long as you call yourself a child of God, you do have something to share. Yes, we all don’t have the same life. Yes, some are way more dramatic and seemingly interesting than others but then for all of us, I believe we have something to share about God’s goodness and grace. So if you get the opportunity to share, just avail yourself and God will do the rest. If you have a story you want to share (anonymously or not), you can email me @ melissawallace525@gmail.com

Have a blissful day guys!

PS. This lovely song just came to mind. Storyteller by Morgan Harper Nichols

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It’s all about me!

Hello everyone! I’m back again with my stories which I know you enjoy reading. Today I want to just talk a bit about what I’ll like to call the “me” factor. We live in a world where we are much more concerned with ourselves and what makes us happy. I’m the number one victim of this. You hear people go like ‘do what makes you happy and forget about what others think’.  I mean, that statement has some truth to it I think, but is it a valid statement? More and more we’re becoming more selfish without realizing because we just want to meet our own needs after all, ‘it’s my life, I live it how I want to, right?’

Last Sunday, we treated the topic of discipleship during our Sunday School Session and we looked at 1  Corinthians 8:9 (my favourite memory verse coincidentally is 2 Corinthians 9:8, you should check it out) which says ‘Only be careful that this liberty of yours [this power to choose] does not somehow become a stumbling block [that is, a temptation to sin] to the weak [in conscience]  (Amplified Version). You could read the whole chapter to get a better idea of what Paul meant.

I mean, that is just to tell us that it’s really not all about you or me. Yes I have the liberty to do what I want but then it should not cause someone to want to sin. Wow! So an interesting example was given that, it is not wrong in itself for a Christian to work in an alcohol producing company. However, he working there might cause a ‘weaker’ Christian to think that it’s therefore alright to drink and get drunk and he may also introduce another ‘weaker’ Christian which may cause results which would be a sin. After the example, I thought, ‘Ah well that’s not my problem. I didn’t tell him to go and start drinking alcohol, I’m just trying to put money in my pocket and help my family. So if he thinks that way it’s his fault for and his problem, not mine’.

And I realised that’s exactly the ‘me’ factor showing its colours. We always do things forgetting that we’re supposed to be Christ’s examples on earth. Jesus Christ didn’t think about just himself, else He would have just told God to find a replacement asap because He can’t die to save people who were not even aware of what He was doing. I’m so not there yet but with the help of the Holy Spirit, I hope I’ll let go of the ‘me’ factor and you should too.

Have a lovely day!

HONEYBEE!

I have something to share with you guys today. Sometime ago, I had an inner prompting that I should take a character in the Bible, specifically female and read about her. At that time, I had drawn a bit away from God for no reason. So I was thinking about who I should pick. The only names that came to mind were Mary Magdalene and Rahab for some funny reason.

All of a sudden, the name Deborah came to mind and I believe it was the Holy Spirit. So I decide to quickly find on the internet the Scriptures which talk about her. I do so and I stumble on this piece on her which I decide to read. I start and I don’t find it speaking to me cos it started by saying Deborah was the Margaret Thatcher ( Iron Lady) of the Bible. I however, decide to go on reading.

All of a sudden, I freeze and before I know it tears start running down my eyes. I saw something which spoke to my heart so directly. Deborah means HONEYBEE! And guess what? Melissa means HONEYBEE as well! At that point I felt like God had led me that whole time and I was so amazed at how He speaks to us in different ways.

I just want to encourage someone this morning. God hears your prayers!