Where to start??
Well, I’m back from my mammoth break. Initially, I stopped blogging for a few weeks to allow me extra time to pack up my house ready to move. Then the goalposts changed and, well so much happened in the next six weeks that I started putting off blogging, because so much has happened. All good, all emotional, all VERY GOD. That it almost got to much to summarise. So where do I begin? I just wouldn’t know where, so I won’t. Maybe it’s a book.. to be filed in the books written but not published pile under my bed (eye-roll.. I know, I know I got the memo I’m on it!! I’ll tell you all about my procrastination another time).
But I can tell you, God was exceeding, (not just Mr Kipling) abundantly above and beyond anything I could think or imagine; and the best is…he’s not finished yet.
“Now unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20 ASV
So we will leave all that for another time. Today, I want to share something different on my heart. My friend shared an article from the Irish Times on her social media about a young Co Kerry man, Thomas O’Driscoll, who, despite being illiterate leaving school at 14, becoming a dad at 15 and spending some of his life in the care system and homeless, has just graduated with a masters degree in social work form University College in Cork!! Come on!! Who doesn’t love an over comer story of triumph?
He credits his achievement to the people championing him and calling out his potential. A course co-ordinator, Margaret Culloty, called out his potential and voiced her belief in him. Sadly, the article also mentions how some teachers told him he would achieve nothing with his life. Hold up! If you’re a teacher that makes statements like this… STOP IT NOW… JUST STOP!
I love these “against all odds stories”. I love to hear stories about the underdog winning the race, defeating the giant. I LOVE, despite the circumstances….. (finish the sentence)
Today I want to remind us, God placed seeds of greatness in us all. God didn’t design us to ever be the underdog…that was only Satan’s plan.
“A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!” John 10:10 TPT
God’s plans for our lives were never determined by the trajectory of our life. Our life circumstances do not decide our future. Our mistakes do not get to dictate our destiny and other people do not get to predict our potential. That privilege is reserved only for God. He created us, he designed all the intricate parts of our being. He knows us because he is the craftsman who designed the masterpiece that the Bible tells us we are. You wanna know your purpose? Ask him. You wanna know your potential? PRAY. God holds the key to unlock all the doors that your human will can’t.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT
And while we are on the subject… Be the Margaret Cullotoy in Thomas’s story. Be the person that calls out the seeds of greatness in people. God gave you a tongue to speak life… DO IT!! “Oh no, I’d feel wick” RUBBISH. I have never been given a compliment and felt like the person giving it was a weirdo. You don’t have to write them a sonnet, it can just be something small like you have a really calm tone, or I love your passion, or I see your compassion for this area, or whatever. (Even if you don’t start speaking them out start thinking them in your head when interacting with others. acknowledge their greatness, even just as a thought, then after a while it will feel more natural to speak it out)
I have someone very, very close to my heart. who when at school had people, mostly teachers who should have known better. Speak death as the Bible describes it. (watery eyes). They often used words like lazy, no potential, troublemaker, ringleader, intimidating, class clown… not to say, this wee imp wasn’t a handful at times, but that’s not what I saw. I saw a misdirected energy, a tall handsome, natural leader who kept cool under pressure and in difficult situations, possibly a great first responder, who now a serious lack of self- confidence and very little enthusiasm to achieve more.
“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
Proverbs 12:18 NLT
GUESS WHO’S VOICE STUCK??
My opinion hasn’t changed… I still see this potential and I will continue to speak life to this person for the rest of my life if need be.
My question is, what voice do you want to be in someone’s ear?
Joyce Meyers says this… if you don’t use what God gives you for good the devil will use it for evil!
Today can I encourage you to SPEAK LIFE
“But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Isaiah 54:17 NLT