A choice in my life as a young teenager helped to mold my future. My journey was being prepared and I didn’t even know it. It began when I was a student in high school and I was sitting in my bedroom wondering how I could make a different in someone. I remember the day as if it was yesterday. I said to myself that I’m not going to follow the crowd and do whatever they do. I’m going to do what was right.
A fellow student of mine was the butt-end of everyone’s jokes. She walked the halls of school always looking down never wanting to make eye contact in fear of a cruel comment or being teased. For some reason or another I felt her pain and it hurt my heart. It was as though people where developing her character and carving her path for life without her consent.
Choices are very important in our life. One bad choice can change our life forever. That day is when I purposed in my heart to be different than the crowd. I made a choice that every time I saw her I was going to give her encouraging words to lift her head and spirits.
I wish I could share a happy ending and that we developed a beautiful relationship. It didn’t happen that way. I can say that daily I made a decision to continually do what I could do to deposit something into her life.
I can take that experience and lesson that I learned in my bedroom many years ago to the mountains. I may not be able to change everyone’s life but I can plant a seed of love through a smile, hug, or simply just helping them out. I know that I can only do so much, but Jesus Christ can make all the difference.
1 Corinthians 3:4-10 says:
For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely
human? 5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.
Make the choice today to not be a follower of man but a follower of Jesus Christ. Be the hands, feet, and mouth piece; watch how many lives you will impact by operating the fruits of the spirit in your life.