Working with youth, I have learned that at any given second I have to be an IT specialist, behavior education teacher, tutor, counselor, nurse, sex education teacher, say no to drugs presenter, driver’s ed facilitator, privileges evoker and restrictor, female health instructor, pastor, taxi driver, maid, job trainer, college admissions counselor, administration personnel, nutritionist, individualized chef, office manager, life coach, personal trainer, disciplinarian, safe place, nap time monitor, mathematician, spiritual adviser, spelling bee champion, walking calendar, bug killer and rescuer, jewelry fixer, mechanic, engineer, fear squasher, hair dresser, fashion guide, personal shopper, dream catcher, crossing guard, boundary enforcer, secret keeper, conflict resolution manager, and so much more.
All at the same time and wrapped up in a gentle, strong, Jesus loving and serving authority figure.
And just when I am about to toot my own horn for how hard I work I remember, I only do it 40+ hours a week when others do it 168 hours a week.
At the end of the day, it has absolutely nothing to do with me or how great I am. It’s all about You because no matter how big my love is, Yours is always more than I can even imagine. My love is just a drop in the ocean that You created for us and extend to us. You are the literal definition of love and I am just a mirror reflecting the light.
I was praying for my dad the other day. When we left the rental house, there were three men there loading the rental furniture. I told my dad he needed to go pray for them and over them. I simply stated: “Holy Spirit, move,” then I gave my dad a push out the door. I knew in my heart those men needed a prayer, and I knew my dad would have the right words and they would take it better from him. They each gave him a firm handshake and said thank you afterwards. Since then, every time we sit down to eat I look straight at my dad and ask him to pray. Usually we take turns praying, but right now with everything since the fire and with all the moving and stress, the little girl in me simply needs her dad’s spiritual leadership.
So, here is my prayer today. I wanna pray the same prayer I prayed for my dad again. I pray that he has a heart check. I pray that you set fire in his heart for you. I pray that you get his soul to dancing. I pray you put spiritual authority into him. I pray that I do no harm. I pray that I am an extension of you. I pray that I am moving hands and feet for you. I pray that no matter how many hats I’m wearing I never forget that the most important hat I wear is redeemed. I pray that I remember I am yours above all. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.