What do you talk about on a Wild Card day? Well, I think the Lord has been so faithful to me lately to provide a lot of encouragement through people who have observed my actions and deeds. I don’t usually like for people to make a big deal over me and I don’t think I have ever really been able to just accept a compliment. I think one reason is because I would become embarrassed when attention was turned on me, but I think the other side of that was that I am scared I will become prideful and egotistical which drives me nuts about some people in this world. Last night, I had the privilege to travel once more with the Volleyball team for this season (and of course I loved every minute of it)! Following the trip when we returned to the parking lot I got to talking to a staff person and I just felt compelled to remind her that the Lord was using her and that I hoped she was encouraged to know that I could recognize the amount of growth she has made in her walk with the Lord just by her presence. Tears began to stream down her cheeks and I was a little surprised to get that kind of reaction. So she went on to tell me that many times in small group when they bring up examples she tends to bring me up as her example of who she wishes she could be more like. Whoooooaaaa! What?!?!? I kind of laughed…not disrespectfully by any means…but I was like listen here I know how that is and I do that some times too because I tend to compare myself to Jon (the wise, dynamic, wooing kind of person). And as I told her this about how I find myself comparing and wishing I was like Jon…she stopped me and said, “but God wants you to do it the Tam way!” So what did I do…I flipped it on her!
Has the Lord encouraged you through someone else sharing with you? Do you ever compare yourself to someone else especially when it comes to reaching out to someone for the sake of Christ? How do you fight through the mental barriers of pride and discouragement?
Thankful that even though the Lord knows my thoughts and deeds He (1) Still loves me and (2) still chooses to use me!