Ever give up on yourself and wonder if God’s doing the same?
In a Toastmasters speech Monday, I described the pain and disappointment I felt when I got uninvited to a friend’s upcoming wedding. I struggled with a sense of rejection because I considered them family but wasn’t part of theirs. It kicked the wind out of me. But God recalibrated and reframed the experience. He told me even when things are strained, I’m loved and forgiven, so I can love and forgive my friends.
Then Charles Coleman (pictured here) gave an amazing speech about the power of words – and how they produce life or death. His dynamic talk was punctuated with words of passion, Bible verses that sparked renewed spiritual energy and encouragement, and remarkable poem.
I sneaked a peek at the votes as they rolled in. I got one teensy weensy vote. Charles got most of the rest.
I laid another egg, I thought. No wonder I didn’t get invited to that wedding. Think I’ll go home and take the inflated toy trophy I won a couple of weeks ago and let out the air. Phhtt!
When the win for the best speech was announced, we applauded Charles.
Then he said with the kindest voice in the world, “I’d like to give this ribbon to Lynn for setting the tone for the evening. After she spoke about God’s power and prayer, it became easy to talk about God’s Word and building one another up with His truth. The blue ribbon belongs to her.”
My face lit up and I flashed that dude a big grin that said, “From a zero to a hero!”
Even when things don’t seem to go our way, God rewards us for being influencers.
Where can you change the atmosphere today?