Friday, March 13, 2015

the "YOU MATTER" project


The Lord has been stirring my heart for quite some time ... to encourage others who have impacted my life in big and small ways. This may be writing a card, sending some happy mail, visiting with no agenda, or just sharing in person the value they have added to my life. 

I've reflected a lot on people who poured into me during Jr. High "the awkward years." I remember specific compliments I received when learning how to become a teacher in college. One professor said, "I love your voice when you teach." This has always stuck with me. I think about older women who have poured into my life and impacted me spiritually. One has to be intentional about encouragement. Its not something that just happens. 

I want to let these women know how much I appreciate the truth they have spoken into my life. That when I didn't believe I was good enough or couldn't see my purpose, they reminded me of how the Lord views me and how He has gifted me. Everyone forgets their value at times-- its so easy to get caught up in the lies that satan wants us to believe. 

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25)

The goal is simple: to let individuals know how they have impacted my life and return the favor. This will be a gradual process because it will take a while to reach out to that many people in meaningful ways. The important thing is that I am going to begin this journey. Hopefully whether I contact 5 or 50 people, they are encouraged by the good work the Lord is doing through them. Sometimes we view our efforts as small or they go unrecognized, this is about shedding light on mundane faithfulness. 

I'm sharing this because I want to encourage each of you to think about the people who helped shape you, those who saw your greatness when you didn't... and maybe, just maybe tell them how wonderful they are and the difference they have made in your life.

Keep fighting the good fight. You are making a difference. Live in His grace.