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Remember, It’s Not About You!  Part 3 

By Angela Willingham

July 25, 2012

I started this article by telling you that I just got back from a trip to Iowa.  While preparing to go home, for the funeral of my uncle, I knew the trip was going to be significant.  I did not want to go, I did not want to stay as long as I was scheduled to stay and I did not want to spend the money.  Those were my thoughts, but it was not about me.  On the plane, I sat by a young lady whose mom had been diagnosed with cancer three months ago and she was struggling.  She needed somebody.  The trip was a surprise for my mother because I knew she was struggling with the death of her brother.  She needed somebody.  My cousin whose father we were burying did not know I was coming, when she saw me, she clung to me and asked me to speak at the wake.  I asked what she wanted me to say and she said you blessed me when you spoke at our grandmother’s funeral, say what ever you want.  After I spoke she said to the room, “that is what I meant, I knew she would encourage me, I knew she would say something to help me.”  She needed somebody.  One of the deacons commented that it was obvious that I am a believer.  I spoke to a childhood friend who told me that several people had told her about what was said at the wake, they were proud of me.  People that knew me as Angela the little girl saw me as Angela the grown up woman.  At the graveside a pastor asked me to come and speak at his church.  During the Sunday service God reminded me of who I am, the chosen a God, His daughter, a co-laborer, He reminded me through the message of the standards that I have and while everyone may not like them He has called me to have them, not to operate in mediocrity, but the same anointing as the Proverbs 31 Woman.

God has called and purposed this ministry to establish fitness classes in collaboration with other businesses and ministries to touch lives in our communities.  It scared me at first and I know the enemy has done and continues to do all that he can to try to stop me, to discourage me, but God said this is what I am supposed to do.  Thru the fitness class God will open up lives to us, to minister to, to love on and to encourage.  God spoke a long time ago about this ministry and about my life.  The struggles I have gone through are not about me, they are about the purpose, His purpose for my life.  The stuff that is going on may not make sense, but in

Isaiah 55:8-11,  God says

   8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
      “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
   9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
      so my ways are higher than your ways
      and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

   10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
      and stay on the ground to water the earth.
   They cause the grain to grow,
      producing seed for the farmer
      and bread for the hungry.
   11 It is the same with my word.
      I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
   It will accomplish all I want it to,
      and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

Just like He has purposed me and this ministry God has also purposed you.  Be about it because somebody needs you.  He said it, we just have to have the faith to believe it, to hold on to the promise of God no matter what it looks like and always remember that it is not about us, but about Him and His purpose for my life and yours.

Note:  If you need further encouragement I encourage you to read the story of Joseph in Genesis Chapters 39-50.  That always inspires me and reminds me that what I have gone through is not so bad.

Scripture Reference:

Isaiah 55:11:

   11 It is the same with my word.
      I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
   It will accomplish all I want it to,
      and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

 

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