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Yeah; we all look at the title and go, “Yeah. Yeah. We know.” But do we really?
The gentleman circled above is my Godfather. If not for him, I would guarantee none of you reading this would know me.* Why? Because, 27 years ago “Uncle” Bob approached my dad asking if he would be interested in opening a medical practice here in the Greater Knoxville Area.
Come on! Bug your eyes out.
I looked through my photos on facebook… I would have known no one in the pictures.* My younger siblings would have never been placed in my family. I would have never met my big “sis” Lenore. I would have never had my “Godsisters”. I just said to myself scrolling through my pictures, “This is crazy.” None of these pictures would have been taken…
There would have been no Saint John Nuemann hangouts with our Lord. Sure I may have found a chapel somewhere else… but would I?
I most likely would not have been a Franciscan… maybe? I became one, because of my best friend in kindergarten’s grandmother…
No Nashville friends…
This is crazy, right?
One man’s request set a path for my entire life.
See! Every decision you make has a purpose! Every single one. Look at what wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t pick up the phone and ask.
Was it Uncle Bob? No; I know he wouldn’t take the credit for it either.
God used him in a cray cray way.
So, audience out there.
Look at this. You can help God change the world. Just you. Yeah; you in your little meekness.
It was just a business transaction… nope. It was allowing God to change the world through Uncle Bob.
Just a job, right? Job is just something you work at. I moved to Nashville for a job; yes. However, when I made that decision to go, I knew it wasn’t just for a job. I told people that back in 2014 (a year before I actually moved…God’s timing.). I was going to be interacting with people and they’d be interacting with me. There would be a difference in the new city that wouldn’t be confined within a high-rise downtown office building.
It goes back to the butterfly effect…God’s effect. One choice we make can do what that one request from my Godfather did.
Are we seeing the magnitude of this?
The Holy Spirit! Wow.
I’m so grateful for the gift of you. Yes; you. You reading this. Even if you are just a random reader, I’m grateful that I’m here in front of my computer in Knoxville, TN typing to you the experiences I’ve had that have placed this words on the screen that you may read. That’s a mouth full. 🙂
Every minute in every hour of every day–every person that you meet–has a purpose.
EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
Make those minutes/hours/days/encounters count!
That is a big ripple in the water that is never going to calm.
Now, my Godfather most likely was not just scrolling through his Rolodex trying to go iniminiminimo… My Godfather is a very prayerful man.
So, my closing remarks:
With great power comes great responsibility. HA. (I used to be addicted to that cartoon…no that is not said lightly. I may do a post on addictions.)
But, seriously. That was a question that changed time from 1990 to eternity. I’d say it was for the positive. You see how that all resulted? It was big… yet, not everything we do has good consequences.
So, we must be prayerful. VERY. God will lead you. Follow His commandments. Stay close to His mother. She wants nothing more than for you to have love for Him.
…where my Godfather’s daughters were stealing my barbie dolls and I, a very crabby 5yo, didn’t like them, Rebecca and Rachael, at all. I was very disgruntled. I remember peeking around the door frame from the other room sneering at them. Never did I know those beautiful souls would be two of the closest people in my life.
Everything guys. Everything. Everything.
“Life is choices” as Annie always said. Let’s make good ones.
If you hear God calling!! Answer!
I pray the Lord blesses you and that this holiday season brings you and your family close together.
*aside from people I’m related to.