Charles and the blue ribbon

Written by on November 15, 2012

Ever give up on yourself and wonder if God’s doing the same?

In a Toastmasters speech Monday, I described the pain and disappointment I felt when I got uninvited to a friend’s upcoming wedding. I struggled with a sense of rejection because  I considered them family but wasn’t part of theirs. It kicked the wind out of me. But God recalibrated and reframed the experience. He told me even when things are strained,  I’m loved and forgiven, so I can love and forgive my friends.

Then Charles Coleman (pictured here) gave an amazing speech about the power of words – and how they produce life or death. His dynamic talk was punctuated with words of passion, Bible verses that sparked renewed spiritual energy and encouragement, and remarkable poem.

I sneaked a peek at the votes as they rolled in. I got one teensy weensy vote. Charles got most of the rest.

I laid another egg, I thought. No wonder I didn’t get invited to that wedding. Think I’ll go home and take the inflated toy trophy I won a couple of weeks ago and let out the air.  Phhtt!

When the win for the best speech was announced, we applauded Charles.

Then he said with the kindest voice in the world, “I’d like to give this ribbon to Lynn for setting the tone for the evening. After she spoke about God’s power and prayer, it became easy to talk about God’s Word and building one another up with His truth. The blue ribbon belongs to her.”

My face lit up and I flashed that dude a big grin that said, “From a zero to a hero!”

Even when things don’t seem to go our way, God rewards us for being influencers.

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Comments
  1. Bonnie Keller   On   November 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Wow! Love it!!

    Charles rekindled the fire in you Lynn! Like you, he not only talks the walk, he walks the talk!!

    Yes! you guys ROCK!!

    Blessings, Bon

    • Lynn Hare   On   November 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Bonnie, Thanks! Charles is very serious about his relationship with the Lord, but his sense of humor and joy are contagious. You’re right. That dude WALKS the TALK!

  2. Nancey West   On   November 16, 2012 at 11:22 am

    From zero to hero. I like that. Sometimes we just start pouting too soon. We don’t have to be recognized to inspire someone, though it is nice to be. I’m sure you have touched many people that you will never know about because God shines through you.

    • Lynn Hare   On   November 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Nancey, yeah, I have my days of pouting too soon. It took a couple of days for me to sort things out. Things don’t always seem so chipper! Glad God promises to work all things together for our good – even on days of not-so-fun rejection.

  3. Charles coleman   On   November 19, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Lynn gave an outstanding presentation, to my mind, which is why I was able to do what I did. I simply drafted behind her anointing. But mentioned the name of Jesus a time or two in a speech and people act weird…but I loved it…especially her sincere appeal and parable of the watch maker…

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