The woman went on to let me know that she could not remember my name but she definitely recognized my face. She wanted to let me know that both Amber and Arielle had just completed Google’s Summer Institute program this summer and they were both accepted into the University of Michigan on full ride scholarships. Elated about this news I naturally threw my hand up, gave her a high five and let her know “that right there is nothing but God…..you don’t just have one, but two children who have been covered”. She laughed at me and told me that none of this could have happened if it were not for me and the work I did for the programs last summer. We closed out the conversation with her looking me in the eyes and sincerely saying “thank you”. When I heard those two words after everything she had said, there was something about them in that very moment that touched me.
In the Common English Bible, I love reading 2 Corinthians when it begins to talk about ‘Encouragement to Give Generously’. Chapter 9 verses 10- 15 states:
10 The one who supplies seed for planting and bread for eating will supply and multiply your seed and will increase your crop, which is righteousness. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way. Such generosity produces thanksgiving to God through us. 12 Your ministry of this service to God’s people isn’t only fully meeting their needs but it is also multiplying in many expressions of thanksgiving to God. 13 They will give honor to God for your obedience to your confession of Christ’s gospel. They will do this because this service provides evidence of your obedience, and because of your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. 14 They will also pray for you, and they will care deeply for you because of the outstanding grace that God has given to you.15 Thank God for his gift that words can’t describe!
How many of you reading this blog can honestly admit that some individuals who have impacted your life may not even know how much of an impact that they truly have had? This month, I challenge everyone reading this blog to reflect on someone who has helped enrich your life in some way. Take the time to reach out to that person and explain to them why you are thankful for the impact that they have made.
I am thankful to each person who has ever taken the time to read a DistinctlyBlessed blog or read a post that I have shared through DistinctlyBlessed on social media. It has been because of your views, your likes, your reposts, your kind messages that have inspired me to keep doing the work that I do through DistinctlyBlessed. I pray that God not only reaches you in a profound way through this ministry but I pray for a ripple effect that will begin to reach others simply because God reached you through this ministry.
We honor your name and give you praise. Thank you for hand picking us as your footmen on earth. It is a divine privilege and an esteemed honor to carry out intricate pieces of your will to instill kindness, gratitude and generosity into the world. We love you, we adore you, and we are sincerely grateful for having you in our lives, for without you we would be nothing.
We pray for grace and peace so that we may be able continuously enlarge righteousness. It is a pure blessing to be a blessing to others and let thy will be done through us (Matthew 6:10 NIV). Thank you for blessing us with the gift of generosity. May you always protect our gift and cover our spirits. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 NIV).