“So, tell me your story.” Five little words were spoken and panic stung my heart. My mind was racing. Should I be honest about everything? Should I sugarcoat the bad decisions I’ve made? What if he decides I’m not good enough? How I responded to those five little words could alter the course of my life. I did not want to make a mistake.
I recently received a request from a missionary needing help creating an intercessory support team. Missionaries, pastors, church planters and ministry leaders of all sorts are encouraged to recruit a much-needed and valued resource – a prayer support team.
It is amazing how much social norms and cultural expectations push us as Americans to “follow the leader.” There is often that uneasy, perhaps subtle but ever-present, tension that we must conform to the patterns of this world in order to most easily fit in among our neighbors, friends and peers.
What do I want people to say about me when I die? This was not a question on the forefront of my mind all day, every day. Being 24-years-old at the time I never stopped to think about a question I considered to be morbid and a little depressing.
What exactly is the difference? When do you encourage? When do you empower? Encourage – give support, confidence, or hope to someone. Empower – give someone the authority or power to do something, make someone stronger and more confident.