Eloise 10:00-2:00pm

Be yourself

'He chose us...before the foundation of the world.' Ephesians 1:4 NAS

Ruth Lee writes: 'It was the last day of a writers' conference and we gathered in one of the dormitories. In our pyjamas we all looked alike. One by one we shared. After the introduction of two authors with published books, and others with claim to fame, it was my turn. "My name is Ruth," I said, "and I feel so inferior, I think I'll just go back to my room." Everybody laughed, so I ploughed ahead. "I guess you could call me a producer. In the last 30 years I've produced a well-adjusted respiratory therapist, a machinist and another happy homemaker. I'm also involved in the co-production of seven grandchildren." I told them how full my life was. Full of checking on cows, helping to fix fences and praying it would stop raining. I told them of busy hours spent babysitting and contending with my household. Then I told them how hungry I was. Hungry for the type of spiritual and emotional food I received at this conference. From the far corner of the room a quiet girl spoke up. "Would you please turn so that I can look at you?" she asked. I did, and she continued. "I want to remember your face when I write," she said, "I want to write for people just like you." Suddenly I had no need of title or degree. I served a purpose. With her words she helped me realise what I should have known all along: God doesn't make nobodies - everybody is somebody important to him!' So what now? Dare to be yourself. After all, who's better qualified?

Soulfood: 1 Pet 1-5, Matt 9:14-26, Ps 18:1-29, Prov 12:23-24

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