By Kandice Adams
I like people; I do. I say this as I concurrently scrunch down further in the seat of my car in an attempt to hide from the poor sweet lady who has invited me to coffee three times, only to be declined. It’s not that I don’t like coffee, and it’s not that I don’t like her. I just struggle with small talk.
Small talk makes me feel like I am running in place, so after those nice coffee chats, I need a nap… no, seriously.
I confess this because I realize there are many aspects of my personality that I must intentionally own, lest I be consumed. I don’t mean owning it as in: this is the way I am, so deal with it. I mean owning it as in, acknowledging my weakness but allowing His strength to be glorified in me. Because of what I have been called to, I press on; I press into Him.
Like you, I have been called to be a rooted mom of three beautiful children, and I have been called to be the church, that is to go forth and profess Jesus to the community… a community who desperately needs to see His love displayed through me.
We each must realize the bigger picture. As the church, we were never meant to remain congregated within our walls. And ironically, I am not talking about the building in which we come together on Sunday mornings. I am referring to each of us and the walls we have built up to keep others out.
I am referring to the walls created by past hurts that keep us from trusting again.
I am referring to the walls of pseudo-perfection that keeps us from openly sharing our testimonies with others.
I am referring to my wall of introversion which, if I allow it, will keep me from those God appointments that are intended to strengthen the Kingdom.
Suddenly that coffee chat doesn’t sound like too much to ask.
What’s your wall made of?
Friend, it is time for it to come down.
Trust me, I understand how easy it is to isolate yourself behind your walls where it seems safe but God has called us out of our hiding place. He has called us to tear down the walls that seclude us and make ourselves fully available to our families and to others. He wants us to be the church who reaches people because those people outside our walls need Him as much as we do, and we each have been called to actively love them.
Sisters, today I encourage you to allow the demolition expert to tear down your walls. Take all of the energy that you burned to keep them standing and place it into the relationships that He has given you to nurture outside where those walls once stood. And as you nurture those relationships, with the leading of the Spirit, allow others to see your vulnerability, your weakness, because it is in those moments that His strength is manifested and He is glorified.
Word of the Day:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 (NIV)
Father, I thank you for your strength which is manifested in my weakness. I thank you for your Spirit who leads me into all truth. Today Lord, I ask that you tear down my walls that are keeping me showing the world your glory which lives in me, in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.