This week we have been looking at excuses. Excuses of why we as Christian women don't take the time to influence, encourage, and teach younger Christian women. I am sad to admit that I've got plenty of excuses. After this week's study, I'm more determined than ever to be a light in the darkness, take the time to be a blessing to someone, encourage someone, help someone.
It's not easy for us in this independent world to reach out to others. But you'll be surprised at how many women, young and old, desperately need to know that you care.
So what are your excuses for not stepping out in faith and making a difference in someone else's life?
Here are my top three excuses, see if you can claim any.
- I am SOOOOOOO busy, and just don't have time. (It took 5 minutes at break to send 5 text messages)
- I don't have anything to say to encourage anyone, look at me, I'm a mess myself. (So what, do you have to be perfect to say, "Hey, I was just thinking about you. I hope you're doing well. Maybe we can get together for a cup of coffee one day. Anyways, wanted you to know how much I appreciate you.")
- No one wants to hear what I have to say. They'll think I'm weird. (Replies from text messages: "Oh, I am so glad to hear from you, I miss you too. Thanks for thinking of me : )." "I know about busy! Going through my 2nd graduation, I know you know how that is. Miss you too." "You don't know what your words meant to me today! I'm really going through a hard time and could use your prayers. Thank you so much for the text!")
What are your excuses for not stepping out in faith and making a difference in someone else's life?
Stop it, whatever they are.
Get out there, be seen, open your mouth, get those fingers moving across a keypad or textpad, send a card, an email, phone someone.... or for goodness sake, put a giant smile on your face wherever you go. You'll see the difference in no time.
You can start small. I started with a few simple text messages.
I did have something to say.
It was well received and appreciated.
Simple, time efficient, and I think I made some people smile.
So worth it!
You're not hopeless.
God can use you, but you have to take the first step.
I believe in you!
Now March, Onward Christian Soldier! Make some people Smile.