A girl I used to go to church with wrote this and I thought she did a beautiful job expressing what was on her heart. I also have been thinking about this a lot lately - more so about our words and how we often do more hurt than good. Anyways, I also was a part of Mr. Wilkerson's "Super Church" - actually my parents ran the program with him. It was an awesome ministry - one that I will never forget!
Anyways.... here's what she had to say:
You know, I can remember being a little girl in Mr. Wilkerson's super church (for those of you who did not go to Antioch, that is basically Jr. Church) and just loving it. He used to challenge us to read the entire Bible and come smash up our rock music tapes :) I have very fond memories of that. I remember Mr. Wilkerson, my mother and myself having a conversation and I said that I wanted to be a preacher when I grew up. They both explained to me why women should not be a preacher. I was very disappointed that I had not been born a boy because God puts these mini "sermons" on my heart and I feel like people can benefit from them. So... since I was not born a boy, from time to time you all will have the pleasure of reading what God may lay upon my heart from time to time :)
Here it goes...
I mentioned this a little bit in one of my other notes....
Let me start with a verse.... Matthew 7:1 Judge ye not lest ye be judged... I could be paraphrasing because it is late and I am tired but this is fresh on my mind. I would also like to paraphrase another verse. He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.
I am just as guilty of this as everyone else. Maybe more so. I am praying that God helps me overcome this though. How many times as Christians do we hear things like: "Did you hear who is getting divorced?" or "Guess who is pregnant?" or "I heard ________ was doing __________.... can you believe that?" These are real people just like you and I. God does not love them any more or less than anybody else! If you want to talk about them get on your knees and ask God to help them! Ask yourself why they are doing that and then ask yourself how you would feel if that happened to you. None of us are above sin or bad things happening. Would you like to be a victim of the "grape vine" so to speak? If you are so interested in that person’s life, be there for them. When I was at my lowest, I felt like my Christian friends just left me there to spiritually die. I have realized now that I can't count on friends, or a pastor, or any human because they are no better than myself. I need to look to Jesus and count on him. Please don't think that I am perfect or trying to say that I am. I have a long way to go on my spiritual journey before I am even close to where I need to be. This has just been something on my heart for a while now and I wanted to share it with you all. I would also ask that you pray for my family and I as we enter into another year that I am sure will be full of challenges, temptations, and also many good things.
Thanks for your time.....
I am Elizabeth Bennet of Pride & Prejudice! I am intelligent, witty, and tremendously attractive. I have a good head on my shoulders, and oftentimes find myself the lone beacon of reason in a sea of ridiculousness. I take great pleasure in many things. I am proficient in nearly all of them, though I will never own it. Lest I seem too perfect, I have a tendency toward prejudgement that serves me very ill indeed.