Wow, I truly love how God speaks to me through every day experiences. I hear people say all the time, “God doesn’t speak to me, or I can’t hear God.” I am here to tell you that simply isn’t true. God your Father, your friend, speaks daily. You just need to figure out HOW He speaks to you. That alone is an adventure. But I promise, He does speak, He will speak. Just be still and listen.
Okay, so today I was on my walk/jog with my 5-year-old Pitt Bull named “Nana.” Now, Nana is a great walking buddy. But not so much at running. In fact, when we first start she’s ready to bolt she gets so excited to go. I have to pull her back because she could easily get way ahead of me. But about half mile in she starts to slow way down and by one mile she is lagging.
Today while jogging she felt especially slow. I was barely jogging and she needed to be pulled. I kept encouraging her, reminding her that we were almost home. “Come on girl.” I said, “we got this.”
She would look up at me and smile. (yes she actually smiles) God quickened my heart as we were about a block from Home. “Gypsy, it is your job to help encourage my children who are falling behind. For those who have grown tired and weary in the running. You are called to lead my people back to me.” I began to weep as I felt the tug of my arm gently pulling my dog home and the tug of Jesus words on my heart.
But it spoke to me so profoundly and I thought, this Word is for ALL of us Mature Christians.
It is our job to lead those who have fallen behind, who have grown weary in the battle. Age is insignificant. You can be a mature Christian and be young in age or be a babe in Christ and be an elder adult. Maturity is based on the amount of time invested with Jesus. Often, I have felt alone and cheated out of a Spiritual Mother or Father. Sure, I have had people help me along the way. But no one to invest long term wisdom, other than my earthly mother.
It dawned on me as I was writing this, although I have not had one, it doesn’t mean I can’t be one for someone else. Perhaps, that’s what this was about. As mature Christians, it is our job, our duty our honor to help those who are weak. We are called to lift each other up.
“If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Ecclesiastes: 4:10 NKJV
So, I encourage you today. If you are asking God, “what is my purpose?” Perhaps, you can simply start by finding someone you can speak life into and mentor. Let that be your first step. If we were all to find ONE person that we could pour our wisdom into, wow. What a difference we could make.
I pray this encourages you. I bless you and I speak life into you today.