Monday, August 12, 2013

Faith, Flexibility, and Flip-Flops

A pastor once said, "When you go on the mission field, you need faith, flexibility, and flip-flops." That saying burrowed itself into my heart. Here's what it means to me:

1.  Faith - When I take God at His word, I open the door for His direction and intervention in my life. A particular situation has been plaguing me the past month or so. At some point, I had one of those "duh" moments. Had I even prayed about the situation? Now, I'm on the alert for the answer.

2.  Flexibility - As a new author, I'm learning the value of flexibility. If I refuse to consider an alternate way of doing things, I risk becoming stagnant. So, I joined LinkedIn, Google+, and other social media. I'm taking the first step and exploring new methods of getting the word out about my book.

3.  Flip-Flops - While I'm not a big fan of this trend, they make me think of protective footwear. Shoes keep our feet away from sharp objects, germs, and other harmful elements. As a believer, my spiritual feet are protected by the Gospel of peace.

As I tread through this world, I want to leave a lasting footprint that honors my Lord. Whether it's writing or any other endeavor, I want people to see that "I've been with Jesus."

Writers & Readers: Nuggets can stick in our minds and affect our actions. What sayings inspire you? 

Photo Credit:  chopstix00


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susan .. Good for you .. your faith, that flexibility - wonderful you're taking steps out into G+, Linked-In etc, and then the flip-flops to protect our soles .. with our souls under a higher protective spirit ..

Cheers Hilary

Linda O'Connell said...

Susan, sorry about the loss of your dear friend. Much success onyour books!

Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

My pastor in CA taught me well, during our internship he often said 'keep it short, but powerful!'

Karen Lange said...

I like this! Good to remember. :)

Carol Garvin said...

Reading your words reminded me of something. During my husband's ministry in one of the churches he served, he had a small brass plaque made and affixed to his side of the pulpit. Prior to preaching every sermon he wanted to be reminded of the words, "We would see Jesus."

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Everyone -

Sorry for the general reply. I've been in my writing cave for a couple of hours.

Thank you for your comments. You're all such a blessing to me, and I'm grateful for your faithfulness.

Susan :)

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Good for you for branching out in the social media department. I will need to give in some day too - but not today ;)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Ruth -

LOL! Thinking about adding social media to my already full schedule produces the same reaction in me. The secret is to start small.

Susan :)