Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Reluctant Servant

Baby alive today because Cities4Life Volunteers were on Abortion Center Sidewalks
Yesterday, I co-taught my first Cities4Life training class for potential new sidewalk counselors at one of the busiest abortion centers in the Southeast. Just like I approach every new challenge, I accepted this one with grace and confidence. NOT!

I actually tried heartily to get out of it. Now I had a good least a rational excuse. I had little time to prepare because I had just returned from a month with my mom in NY when she fell and broke her hip and elbow. I had no time or emotional energy to do anything but care and advocate for my mom. And furthermore, I was terrified of speaking in front of groups of people. Surely God was not calling me to do something that made me tremble with fear.

However, our Cities4Life fearless leader, Daniel, pointed out to me that my concerns about being inadequate, poorly prepared, and maybe not gifted to speak in front of others were the same excuses I'd bandied about when I first was wrestling with the decision to become a sidewalk counselor.

He was right.

Shortly after he chatted with me to talk me down from the ledge, I got several texts with photos of Bella, a little baby who is alive today because my Cities4Life team and I were on the sidewalk pleading with her mama that day to let her baby live.

Sometimes, we are called by God to do something, and we leap for joy and run headlong into the challenge. Not me. I almost always trudge in reluctantly. And then I discover that when I listen to God, I am filled with joy and He really does equip me for whatever He has called me to do.

If you are like me, ignore your fear. Get past your reluctance. Stop your kicking and screaming. And email me or click HERE for information. We could really use some help on the sidewalks. Little babies like Bella pictured at the top of this blog are silently beseeching us.
Hebrews 6:10
10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 

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