This is a guest post by Michele Schmidt, a student in the Georgetown Church of Christ youth group. She’s becoming a great young leader and has some great things to say!
Before I begin I want to state that I’ve been debating writing this for the past couple of days. It’s not an easy post and though I won’t give all the details behind the story it is true and it is rough road for those mentioned.
About two weeks ago the church took a group of us high school students on a trip for a weekend of devotion. On the final night I told someone very dear to me about how I’ve been falling short of God’s call for me. They helped me, they said they’d keep me accountable, and they promised me that they would make sure it didn’t happen again. Here’s the thing a day later after we came home that exact person told me something that would break my heart.
Before I go into more detail I just want to point out that I am a teenage girl and as a teenage girl I have insecurities. Ones that I have yet to tell anyone, however Satan did know. In fact he gave my biggest insecurity to this person that I love, without them knowing, and make me feel a thousand times worse.
This person told me how they had been crippling there relationship with God, with friends and ultimately with someone they love. My heart broke, not only did this person hurt there relationship with this person, but they were dishonoring God in a way they can never take back. It hurt, it hurt a lot. I hurt for them and they hurt for themselves. I cried when they told me, in fact I pretty much cried for two days. I know that the situation wasn’t about me, however, it did affect me. Which is why I wanted to tell this story.
Things I do can effect someone thousands of miles away or even years away. My example, life, and just those I impact will impact others. Everything said, written, done, hidden or not, matters. It will effect someone either negatively or positively.
If Eve had never taken a bite of that apple, then sin would have never entered the world. Cain and Able would be loving brothers, Rahab would have never been a prostitute, their would have been no kings of Israel, no rebellion, no pain, sorrow, only happiness. So, her actions still effect us today. Her one action altered the path of every single one of our lives! Imagine what impact every word we say has.
Everything matters. I didn’t come up with this idea, in fact a wise man I know did. He hit home with me. He made me see that I may be just a simple brush stoke on a painting, but what would that painting be without every brush stroke?
This persons actions still effect me, I still feel bad weather my reaction, what they did, of even how it attacked my insecurity, but you have to move on. I cried for two days, two days too long. I got mad, something that I try not to do, and now I’m forgiving, and I’m going to help them, from making this mistake, from hurting them self, their relationship with God, as well as all their other relationships.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (Revelation 22:21 NIV)