Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Widgets

Daisy

My first group leadership "assignment" was in a church youth group when I was just 18 years old. Looking back, it truly seemed like the blind was leading the blind, but it's really astonishing what God can do with very little (humanly speaking)! Years later, I saw Daisy, one of my "kids", at a wedding. She stunned me by introducing me to a friend of hers as "the one who set me on fire for the Lord." This was news to me, and a testament to God's faithfulness to work through a willing heart, even if it's connected to an incompetent brain. Be encouraged--sometimes progress is imperceptible, but it doesn't make it insignificant! I have other stories like this one, which I'll share from time to time.

It's also testament to the wisdom of my pastor, Allen Moran, who saw an opportunity to disciple me as well as launch a youth program. Likewise, be on the lookout for opportunities to hand the baton (even for a week) over to someone who could use the chance to spread his or her wings ...

Update (28 Oct):  Daisy writes in (the following was "promoted" from the "Comments" section):
[Jailer], you impacted my Christian life in many ways, between introducing me to "hip" Christian music like Michael W. Smith to sharing your own spiritual journey. I remember you speaking one evening at church and telling us about a mission trip you went on. You said that someone asked you "if you died today, do you know for certain that you will go to heaven?" You said that you had to think about it at first, but then knew for sure that you believe in God, therefore you will go to heaven when you die. It impacted me so strongly. I didn't know if I would go to heaven at the time you spoke to us if I died. Even thought I was raised attending church all of my life,I had so many questions. I spent so much time in church timing the long pastoral prayers, drawing, daydreaming, and counting the wooden knots in the roof. I didn't understand whatever was being said by the pastor. Your words made a lot more sense to me. I know now for certain that I am going to heaven when I die!  -Daisy
Daisy, you made my day (week/month/year)! Thanks for the encouraging words. :)  Jailer

3 comments:

  1. Hi a friend of Jules she asked me call over to see your blog.Good is God he brings things out that we would not know about but it's great to know that we sometimes plant seeds in people along the way.some we won't knowabout till we get up there.now i know where you are should be seeing me most days.blessings to you and yours. St Poddy.

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