This Woman

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

There is something Jesus is teaching me about myself.

To not measure people based on who I am or what I think they should be.

If you want to know the truth, I do believe that there are some Christians who are more concerned about their own personal salvation and are too hasty in pushing those who are not followers of Christ to the wayside.

Which brings to mind what happen to me over the summer.

I met a woman in her late-sixties on a special project that I was assigned too.

We were called upon to work together with a group of eight other women.

Two positive attributes that I found in this woman are her zeal for life and how she made it abundantly clear to all who were listening that she believes her purpose in this life is helping people regardless of their race, gender or religious beliefs.

This woman has an infectious laughter that draws you in immediately to her and not only that. She has an upbeat attitude and a great deal of energy.

As we were getting to know each other over the hours we were working together, I truly felt a sense of genuine friendship.

This woman actually energized our team and she also gave us inspiration to go beyond our limitations and help one another.

I thanked her for the encouragement and as we took a dinner break, she just happened to blurt out something that was on her mind for me to deal with.

“I don’t believe in God. ”

Nevertheless, I wasn’t phased by her statement. I had encountered another person about a year ago who deemed necessary to stress the fact that she too didn’t believe in God.

“Of course, I don’t disrespect what people believe in, ” she continued. “I just don’t believe in religion. ”

Despite what she was telling me, I had not changed one bit of my opinion of the person she showed me that she is.

This woman I saw was showing kindness and compassion to strangers and it came natural for her.

This woman who had returned from working in a disaster area in another part of the world was now back in the U.S. helping people who needed emergency and personal assistance.

And it was this woman who initiated that before our team got started to work we have someone to lead us in prayer.

Yet, this same woman who was delivering a “I don’t believe in God” message perhaps didn’t recognize that her words were not living up to what she was displaying of herself to the world.

This woman is a woman after God’s own heart.

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