So I’ve recently joined my first online book club with Christian author, Holley Gerth. On her blog, myself and hundreds of other women are reading “You’re Already Amazing.” We just finished our first week and today we were asked to define our God given strengths.
Whenever I read this chapter and reviewed the Life Growth guide, I couldn’t see that I had any strengths listed, or any at all for that matter. I really couldn’t figure out how I could possibly be used in God’s kingdom and this is something I’ve struggled with ever since graduating from college last May. What exactly is my purpose now…I’m no longer a student and now there’s this pressure of having to have everything figured out.
During work today I was thinking about this again and I still had no idea. I decided to pray during my lunch break, then I looked at the list again- protective! It mind as well been in BOLD because it stood out immediately! I believe protective is perfect, because I have always been pulled to defend and PROTECT those that everyone else looks down upon. Whether this be a child being bullied, or an adult that everyone gossips about, I’ve always been drawn to these types of people. I always want to comfort them and be there for them because I’ve been on the other side of the attacks, I know what it’s like to feel alone and a target for other’s pleasure.
God loves everyone! In the book of Matthew it talks about God loving the least of these…I believe for myself, this is the least of these that I am to love. Those who are whispered about and laugh at, those that have nothing or no one. I am to defend and protect these. I am to pray for these and strengthen these through the Word.
We can’t face the enemy on our own and I often think back to my days in elementary school. I wish that I’d known then what I know now. I wish someone would have been teaching me to pray for those who are against me and who persecuted me. Jesus was there then just as he is now, but I believe that whenever we face trials against the enemy, that we would all feel much safer and less afraid, knowing that our Father was going before us.
Everyone deserves to feel protected.