I’m currently taping a concert by Adele which she is performing live for a public television program. If you aren’t familiar with Adele, she is a singer/songwriter who has been breaking all kinds of records with her platinum albums. She writes about the heartbreak of a breakup; my favorite song is “Someone Like You.” Ironically, that title (though not the song’s meaning) is what I’m writing about here. You are the only someone like you, just as I’m the only one like me. There’s a place for us in this world which I believe makes the same kind of impact in some realm or another as Adele has made on the music world and in the hearts of millions who are enraptured by her songs.
There have been moments in my life which stand out because I was so aware that my life was making an impact on others as I was a part of a team. Nothing I’ve ever experienced compares with being prayed up for my calling and fulfilling that calling with passion and focus. Most of this type of experience occurred when I was ministering in prisons. It was absolutely incredible to be used as an instrument of God.
And yet I believe that in my life right now I’ve been given the opportunity to create an even bigger impact on the world than all those times in the prisons put together. These children I’m now raising are my mission field. If I raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and with all the love and wisdom I can muster, they’ll grow up to make significant contributions to other lives.
But my desire to impact children goes beyond my immediate family; I was powerfully reminded of this last night when I helped a lost little boy who was about 4 or 5 years old and wandering in a Walmart parking area by himself, looking for his mother. I’ll probably never forget that encounter. As I first saw the boy and realized he was definitely lost, two men were attempting to take charge of him; sorry, I just have a problem trusting that strange men will definitely do what’s right for a lost little one. I stopped right there in the drive, put on my hazard lights, and made sure that a person in management at Walmart took charge of the boy, who only spoke Spanish.
The lost child, who my heart goes out to, served as a reminder that I believe God will give me the inspiration I need to write books for children that will bless, encourage, and empower them. Most of all, the books will, in a subtle way, prove how incredible God is while making it clear that the children are highly valued and loved by God. The books will make Christianity even more cool than Harry Potter made magic out to be.
I believe that the devil works very hard to help us forget that we have a thing we’re equipped to do unlike any other person. If we don’t get off track and we do plug into that divine purpose, we become lights in a dark world. Sometimes as we’re walking in obedience to God we’re actually giving off the most light while completely unaware that our lives are positively electrifying.
New King James Version (NKJV)
29 Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.