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 READY – Words & 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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