I never looked vainly at myself and thought that I had everything together. If I am even being honest… I would say that I used to see myself as someone who did not have much. Much of how I saw myself then and how I see myself now has changed dramatically with all thanks and glory to God!
Most people I come across see the wisdom and guidance of God’s hand on my life and they sit and listen to me for minutes and hours as we engage in conversations. I love talking to people but most importantly, I love talking about God and life. You see I have grown to see and understand that our purpose in life is not solely for attaining success but is rather about Servitude and Salvation.
Some weeks ago, I streamed a sermon called “Starting Over: The Power of Clarity” taught and preached by Pastor Toure` Roberts. In this sermon Pastor Toure` talks about managing and guarding our Pearls (our gifts, talents, wisdom, and anointing). In Matthew 7:6 NLT it says “ Do not waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Do not throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” This means that you must be careful with whom and how you share your gifts, talents, wisdom, and anointing. People may love to come to you for advice or help but then take your help and heart’s intent for granted or dishonor it. I know personally and professionally I have found myself extending help and wisdom to someone that I saw needed it yet they chose not to receive it. And instead of me seeing their lack of honor and respect for my intentions in trying to help them… I chose to continue trying to get through to the person and over-exerted myself. While I wish I could say that I had only made that mistake once, I cannot because I had found myself in that same situation in what felt like a million times until I made the decision to honor the divine and sacred parts of me that are linked to God and His purpose through me.
Over the course of many years in my life, I have maintained the heart posture and position of desiring to bless and help others whether that be through my time, finances, love, and/or acts of service. My former pastor used to often say “You cannot out-give God” so I dare not to try competing with God but rather compliment and collaborate with God in blessing others. Recently, I was contacted by a former college classmate whom recalled a memory of a conversation between the two of us. It was a conversation that I had forgotten about because we had several. He remembered and recalled me sharing a statement with him that he declares as wisdom and told me that the wisdom I shared with him left an imprint in his life in ways that allows him to hear my voice often when he is faced with making important decisions. Him randomly reaching out to me and reaffirming the impression and difference made in his life truly blessed my soul. What he did not know was that a month earlier, I had been fasting and seeking God for clarity on what my next step and venture should be and his act of faith and recognizance provided the confirmation I needed. Oh but God... Leave it to God to blow my mind further as my fellow classmate and brother in Christ was compelled to sow a seed of faith into my future simply out of me pouring into his life. He insisted on blessing me financially as a token of appreciation for the fullness and inspiration he had gained from our recent conversation.
You see I am completely not used to having someone sow a seed of faith into me financially. Especially in the matters of ministry or future business ventures because I am so used to being the "pourer". While I was most definitely not looking to be blessed by anyone on that day... I have always maintained the mind and heart-set to be a willing vessel open to God and His leading for me to be a blessing and pour into the lives of others. I love how Luke 6:38 AMP says "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return." This scriptures reminds me of God's faithfulness and ability to exceed our expectations and ability to live a life of abundance and supply if only we remember that what and all we have is not only for us but for others. My great friend and sister in Christ, Sharon has often said "Where there is a need... Sow a seed!" So like my father God, I choose to plant and pour and know that there is always more.
For God is a Father and Lord of Fullness and not emptiness. Therefore, I am determined to pour into others as He pours into me. This my dear is a true testament of when pouring never leaves you empty because there is always a return for you whether you call it a blessing, karma, the universe's gift etc. I simply call it being God's hands, ears, eyes, feet, and mouth here on Earth.
May our lessons be plenty and our journey's be joyous and beautiful!
God bless 😘