Living in Him Alone

A Spirit of Power

{ All of us have a different purpose, but we are all serving the same God. }

Hi, everyone!

Wow, it has been awhile since I have written anything, but it has been a journey getting here.

Any thoughts about the events of these past few months fill me with true joy.

My best friend took on the mission of creating this new and amazing blog for me to post about the Lord on.

At The Walk 2015, I was reminded that no matter how broken our lives seem, God calls us forgiven and redeemed.

During the months of July and August, I watched the most lovely women I know come home from mission trips; they changed lives.

My group of middle school girls graduated from the days of "scumming it in sixth grade" to "almost ruling the school seventh graders."

But somewhere in the middle of all these things, like a cruel game of hide and go seek, ready or not, August 6th approached. I would imagine the conclusion of your summer felt a little something like this...

Kissing the days goodbye, every student snuggled into the finale of summer sleep; in the morning their alarms would sing a sweet tune, motivating them about their day.

I arose that morning filled with the joy of uncertainty; while readying myself for the day ahead, I sat listening to Oceans by Hillsong and deeply thinking about my identity.

"I'm just a junior in high school," I kept telling myself.

But as I thought further, I knew I could label myself as more than "just a high school student."

Think for a moment about how you label yourself.

"Oh, I'm just another student," you might say.

"Oh, well, I'm just a parent," you might tell yourself.

"Well, I'm just another person. Do I have a purpose?" you might ask yourself.

But if I am more than a high school student, that means you are more than the label you have stuck to yourself.

Each and every one of us has a past. We all have an identity.

All of us have a "where I'm from" story or a "back in my day" lecture we share, hoping to be the source of some laughter; we do more on a daily basis then just live and breathe.

Maybe you are the reason somebody smiles.

Maybe you are the reason there is food on the table.

Maybe you are the reason somebody still holds on to hope.

Maybe you are the reason somebody close to you decided to

surrender their life to God.

Maybe you are the reason there is light in such darkness.

You are the cause and the effect without even realizing it.

Everyone has become so accustomed to the chaos and routine of daily life that one word stands insignificant: impact.

Daily, you leave a lasting impact on lives around you.

One smile, one compliment, one "hi!", one deep conversation, one "I'm here for you," could potentially change someone's direction.

You are leaving a huge impact on a life around you.

But we also forget that God uses us every single day to complete his work.

The God of all, our Father chose us each individually to serve his purpose for our lives.

Today, I was sitting on the floor of my bedroom while looking through the Bible app on my phone.

In the silence of the moment, I felt God encouraging me to continue encouraging others.

Then, he lead me to the book of 2 Timothy in the New Testament. I put down my iPhone and opened up my Adventure Bible.

In the faint blue ink, the author explains Paul wrote this letter (Timothy) for his son, encouraging him to continue working hard.

Paul writes:

I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-disipline. By the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.

2 Timothy 6:9

I reflected on this verse for a large amount of time and it above all else encouraged me.

If God wanted us to be shy and timid, he would have created us in that image.

If he wanted his word to be kept a secret, he wouldn't have created us.

But he created us. He created us bold and with the spirit of power which reveals truth and encouragement.

He has called us to be lights in the darkness, to impact lives around us.

Daily, all of us have impacts on lives, but I want to end this post by challenging you with something.

Slow down in the middle of the chaos. Then, look around you and remind yourself that you are making an impact.

Remind yourself that God chose you and continue to change lives.

Always,

Cassidy

Further Reading...

On the Way.

Do you ever feel like God is standing in your way and keeping you from your plans? Have you ever thought that maybe it isn’t actually God standing in your way, but something else entirely? There is a stone on the way up the mountain needing to be discovered.

Speak Up

Every year, Browns Bridge Inside-Out students escape the hectic schedules of high school and spend the weekend at Sharptop Cove worshiping, learning, and sharing God. Through Vertical Reality, I have grown and learned so much. This year, God showed me how crucial prayer is; by a gentle whisper, he invited me to speak up instead of speaking out, and by a gentle whisper, he's calling you, too.