I have a junk mail email account. Any shopping organization, blog newsletter signups — anywhere that asks me for my email address, I give them this junk one. I regularly scroll through the senders and subject lines to make sure I don’t miss an important email that might have gotten lost in there.
Today, I saw a subject line from some motivational speaker that read, “How many lives will you change today?”
That gave me pause. How many lives will I change today?
And then I thought further — who am I to think that I could change a life?
I recently came home from attending the Omega Christian Writers Conference in Sydney, Australia. As I type this, I’m suffering from severe jet lag and am awake at 12:31 in the morning (quite unheard of for me). My alarm will go off in 4.5 hours and I feel tired just thinking about it, but I don’t seem to be able to do anything about it.
So, at the end of this conference, during a group session, the leader encouraged the attenders to pray to God to give us each a word that would define our coming year. Through my years in church services and worship gatherings, the idea of praying to God to get an immediate answer to some profound future mission is not unheard of, but I’ve personally rarely received any kind of “word” in that vein. But, I bowed my head and sincerely prayed for God to give me a “word”. Like a voice in my head, I heard the word “POWER”.
Power? I’m hardly powerful. There’s nothing about me that’s powerful. I’m certain that often I’m the opposite of powerful.
Thinking I’d made that up in my own mind, I continued praying. “Please God, give me a word for my coming year. If there was one word that could define what my writing can accomplish, please reveal that.”
Again, I heard, in an actual voice as if someone sat right beside me, “POWER.”
What does that mean? Does that mean my words will give someone POWER? Does that mean that the POWER of God will be revealed through me? Or does that mean that I will have the POWER to overcome obstacles in my life and continue to work toward my mission statement?
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I don’t know. A single word comes with no elaboration. But, when I read through the subject lines of this junk email account and saw the words, “How many lives will you change today?”, I could do nothing but suddenly remember the word POWER.
God has given me a the power to craft words that can positively affect lives. My email box is filled with testimonials from readers over the last four years who have come to know Christ, come back to Christ, had a positive change in their relationships with their husbands — on and on the emails go, giving me evidence to the power of the written word. Because I pray before I write, because I allow myself to be open to the Holy Spirit and what he would have me say, I truly believe that through Him, I reveal the power of Christ to change lives.
What is your word? What will God reveal to you today about your coming year? What about your ministry work? How can God work within you in a way that glorifies Him? What is your word?
I’m excited and apprehensive to see how POWER plays in my year. I’d love to hear about what God reveals to you.
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