A Timely Pep-Talk

25 Mar

Sometime I have these moments where I just want someone to give me a pep-talk. I get to feeling like I don’t have a purpose anymore, and I’m not making a real difference in anyone’s life. There was a season when I knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing, exactly how I was being used, and exactly how I was to use the gifts/passions the Lord has given me…

I’m not in that season anymore.

This morning though, the most wonderful thing happened!

To preface, Nolan and I have been going to the church where he grew up, because that is where we are doing our premarital counseling, but it’s a pretty good size church so there are a LOT of people that I have never met before. Anyway, while we were getting coffee in the coffee-corner, this morning before the service, this guy came up to me and said,

“I know I haven’t really met you before but I have been wanting to talk to you since I noticed you were coming here now.  I just want you to know that when you came to our church a couple years ago (with the CTI team) I was a new Christian, and what you said that day was exactly what I needed to hear. It was an important lesson for me”.

That one small comment made me get all teary-eyed because the Lord was kindly reminding me that He will use me in whatever way He deems best, and I won’t always know it’s happening. Not only that but He will never run out of uses for me. If He is the potter and I am a pot that He has created by hand, I need not be afraid He will toss me aside because I’ve lost my function. He won’t put me on the shelf to sit until my time is up, because there is always work to be done.

I bet that guy this morning didn’t know the Lord was using him to give me a pep-talk, but his few words sure were inspiring.


Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to “A Timely Pep-Talk

  1. KC

    March 25, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Think when the toll is tabbed up there in Heaven, there will be hundreds of similar stories all stemming from you being led by the Spirit to say the just the right thing at the right time…reminds me *smiling here* of the “So when are ya gonna have a BABY?” story–not all of your remarks have eternal wisdom, but quite a few do…great post, TGBTG…

  2. norscherb

    April 18, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Beautiful blog Gretchen! We never know when we are making a difference in people’s lives.!

  3. j.t. drake

    May 28, 2013 at 5:29 am

    hi gretchen,   my webpage was broken for about a month, so i am catching up on 141 emails during that time. congrats on the wedding, mr and mrs nordlund! hope that your day was lovely and that G-d grants you many happy, healthy years together.   i am including a snippet told about Rabbi Nachman of Breslov that illustrates (sort of) the theme of your missive “a timely pep-talk”. hope you find it relevant and can use it somewhere.   i have a new favorite claymation cartoon, “wallace and gromit”. the plots are inventive and funny, and the artistry is unparrelled–this guy is the Rembrandt of claymation.   regards to you and the mister.   jeff     A favorite Hasidic story about Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, from 200 years ago, who once saw a man whose house had burned down. The man had been crying terribly about his losses. Now he began looking through the rubble, finding bits and pieces of wood or metal to start rebuilding. One by one he made a pile of pieces. Rabbi Nachman said, “See how he is collecting pieces to rebuild. So it is with our spiritual lives. Even when we think there is no hope, we are already collecting pieces to rebuild.” And so we pray and trust that God will give all of us the strength to pick up the pieces and rebuild.


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