And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
–Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
I remember the first tentative conversations I had after I sensed my call into full-time vocational ministry. They were awkward at best. One of them, however, changed the tone of all the conversations that would follow.
After struggling with this sense of call over the summer between my sophomore and junior year, I went to the house of Gary and Myra Watts. Gary was one of my professors at Jamestown College, and his wife, Myra, was a friend and mentor. She was the director of the Learning Advisement Center at Jamestown College. In that capacity she coordinated tutors, made sure students were connected to advisors, but for me (and my future wife, Stacy) she was a non-judgmental ear that provided guidance without projecting a sense of obligation to follow the advice.
I arrived at the Watts’ house that day, and the kids were running around and playing — I think their son was playing a video game. I sat down with Gary first and told him that I thought I sensed God’s call into ministry. Gary said that if I hadn’t figured that out by the end of the summer that he and Dr. Edwards were going to bring me into one of their offices and throw me against the walls until I figured it out.
Myra’s words were similar but gentler. I don’t remember what she said word for word, but in general, she told me that sometimes our paths are seen more clearly by others walking alongside of us. That she, and others, could sense God working in my life, and that she had been confident that it would become clear to me.
I had never really considered God working in my life — that God had started something in me, and that if I trusted in Him, He would complete it.
I knew that God did things. I knew that God worked in people’s lives. I knew that God was active. I just never considered that His work was active in my life or that others could see this activity.
Myra taught me that day to look for God in the lives of others — to look for His activity in the lives of those who didn’t even see it themselves. My life has been richer because of it. I have seen God more in the lives of others, and I have sensed His presence more clearly in my own because of her.
Tomorrow you will be able to hear from Myra in her own words from where the power to see the potential of others comes. I know you will be blessed by it as I have been blessed by her.
March is International Women’s Month! It is my hope that you will join me over the course of the rest of March in celebrating the women who have had a significant role in influencing me. I will post daily blog-posts — some of these posts will be from me talking about the women who have had a significant role in influencing me and some of the posts will be from these women themselves, childhood friends, mentors, teachers, co-workers, etc.
My hope is that this series, “Celebrating Women,” will accomplish three things:
- to serve in a small way as a “Thank You” to all the women who have influenced me
- that you will gain wisdom from those who have spoken wisdom into my life
- that it will serve as a reminder to say thank you and to recognize all the amazing women in your one life
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