A Run for Office

While in public high school, our daughter decided to run for office–junior class secretary.

That year there was a new rule.  Everyone had to run for the same office: class representative. The student winning the most votes would become president. The one with the second most votes, vice president. Those two would choose the remaining officers. I just prayed that our painfully shy daughter would not be hurt or come in last.

She reported one afternoon that all her campaign posters had been torn down and defaced. That night at 9 PM we went to the school with flashlights and put up new posters. I suggested she tell no one. “Hold your head high, smile and thank God.  I believe He is doing a new thing in your life.  God is going to use this.”

The next day after school her posters were again torn down. “Mom, why are they doing this? Why don’t people like me?”

I said, “It’s not people, but it is someone who does not want you to get elected. It could be anyone,  even one of your opponents who sees you as a threat. We need to pray for that person and then thank God because He is allowing this for a reason.”

Every night for over a week we took flashlights to the school and put up new posters.

No one was more surprised than our daughter, when she learned she had been elected president of the junior class!  “President!  Oh No!  Mom, may I call the school and tell them I don’t want to be president?  Just give it to someone else!”

I said, “Take hold of yourself.  We both know that never would you have chosen to run for president.  God knows that. We prayed about it.  God is in this.  I believe He is doing a new thing in your life.  We are both going to pray, pray, pray—and you are going to learn to trust God.  You are going to be very glad you trusted God.”

Sure enough, becoming president of the junior class forced our girl to overcome her shyness.  She gained self-confidence and poise. The following year she organized and became president of the first Bible Club on campus!  I don’t know why we were surprised when the senior class selected her as “Most Likely to Succeed.”

God wants to use us.  He WILL use us—AS we trust in Him.

  • Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.                   1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”     Jeremiah 29:11
  • SONG: GOD IS READYWords & Music by Kathleen; Robin Poem by E. Cheney, circa 1931


[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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14 Responses to A Run for Office

  1. Liana says:

    What a beautiful testimony Kathleen. How blessed is your daughter to have you and both of you so blessed to have the Lord. He weaves such a sweet picture into our lives when we are open vessels.

  2. Frank says:

    Nice testimony. We often amaze ourselves in terms of how far we can go if we just take that first step. But sometimes, we need that extra push from God.

  3. Linda says:

    To God be the glory for what he accomplished in your daughter’s life, and for giving you the wisdom to encourage her to stay the course, be strong in the midst of opposition, and use this opportunity to accomplish His purposes. It is so inspiring to see God work in our children’s lives.

  4. E Alexander says:

    Excellent testimony! Thank God for your great parenting skills. The perseverance of your daughter and the faithfulness of God coming through in the end! Praise God!

  5. Karen says:

    I love this story! Such a great reminder to be open to trust that God brings in (and takes away) what is necessary for us. Our part is to trust Him and be willing to go where He leads, trusting that He knows what is best! Thanks Kathleen!

  6. Prosper says:

    Thanks Mrs. Kathleen. God has been so faithful to us. We just need to Trust Him no matter what happens or is imminent. I once again appreciate your efforts in encouraging believers.
    Everything happens for Good to them that Love God.

  7. Susan says:

    Your stories have helped me to see things in a new and better way. You are a wise woman and have been an inspiration to me. Thank you for your blogs/

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