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Meeting Anna

I keep being reminded of my grandmother and my ancestors.  I keep being reminded that I am only where I am in life because of their sacrifices for me.  I met a woman named Anna today who reminded me of that.  I do taxes seasonally and the tax company I work for does mostly lower income tax filers’ returns.  This particular woman I met today was a stripper.  But she did not want to be called a stripper.  Even when I used the term “exotic dancer” she did not embrace it.  Instead, she described herself as “entertainer”.  There was a dignity there that kept her from even wanting to be associated with the word “stripper”.

I wondered what separated myself from Anna.  We are the same age.  We live in the same city.  I look back on my journey and see how the Spirit disrupted my life.  He said “not you”, and gave me living water.  Similar to the woman at the well.  I was one of those “well women”.  I may not have had experiences as devastating as some, but there was potential there.  Yet Christ gave me living water.  And I drank and drank and drank.  There were times I did not want to drink, but then He fed me with manna.

I pray He feeds Anna with manna.

“Come to Me Anna and I will give you living water.  I will show you many things.”  That is what Christ says to each of us.  That is what He says to the lost and the broken and the hopeless.

He is hope.  He is life.  He is wholeness.

He makes us a new creature and gives us 2nd chances at life.  And 3rds.  And 4ths…

Jesus caught me young.  I happened to be born into a family who knew Him and therefore I had a foundation to go to when darkness surrounded me.  But there are those who do not have that foundation.  And they are waiting for you to bring them the light.

To bring them the manna.

SHALOM

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Corporate Soul Winner

10 years ago I learned a valuable lesson in my career. I learned that God will not just put me anywhere. An open door in my career meant a spiritual assignment from Him. That spiritual assignment was also 2 fold:

1. It was to shape me into His image

2. It was to win souls to Him.

The first assignment was in such an unhealthy environment that He pre-warned me about it by giving me a dream. He also had me waiting in so much anticipation beforehand I was extra grateful for the work opportunity!  Even still, my gratefuleness lasted all but 3 months and I was soon petitioning Him for a QUICK release! The things I experienced at that place of unemployment were unheard of in a corporate setting but I endured and there was purpose there.

The 2nd assignment was “the reward”but first I had to face some spiritual warfare before that door opened. God fought for me, used it to develop me and still gave me His promise. But even in the promise land there is testing and 5 years later I moved into another testing period. Then after 3 years I overcame this test and was released (thank You Lord).  I had completed another assignment which resulted in both my own transformation and an addition of souls to the kingdom.

And now I am at my 3rd assignment. This assignment reminds me more of the first. Instead of savvy businessmen and woman I’m working with a different social class. Some have felonies, different baby daddies, need food stamps to make ends meet, but God loves them. He sent me there to tell them that. Me with my degrees from my prestigious universities and my fly pencil skirts and blazers. I seem like an unlikely candidate for this assignment, but have my own family history that qualifies me (as well as God’s leadership).

My associate and I talked yesterday about how you simply cannot judge another person by their outward appearance. But people do it all the time. If I would have judged Christ who was nothing exciting to look at, who was born in a manger and was a Carpenter for a living, well, I would haved missed the mark.

I reflect on this assignment and see its similarity to my very 1st assignment. God could have given me His promotion immediately after my release, but He chose not to. Instead I needed to be shaped even more.

And more souls needed saving.

As difficult as it has been to submit to His lordship Im grateful He chooses to keep removing the pride with these humbling assignments. Im glad He keeps reminding me of what is really important.

People are important.

They come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and social classes. And He has called me to them all.

He has called me to win the masses.

SHALOM