Prompted, on this day 26 of 31 to write briefly (I’ll do my best.) on the word “Moment”.
Sometimes I’ll take a moment to be sure I’m correct in my understanding of the meaning of a word, or look for the definition to broaden my perspective.
I took time just now to understand “abide” because I always lean towards it meaning something like living some place or staying put and settled somewhere.
It may be that I think it’s a relative to the word abode.
accordance with, uphold, heed, accept, go along with, acknowledge, respect, defer to
Yesterday, I met someone who began a conversation with questions of me from the other side of a table. The room was filled with women and the bustle of many conversations.
She asked me about my choice of the phrase “quiet confidence”, eventually moving to sit beside me. We talked. We laughed and we connected.
We were interested in each others’ stories from the moment we connected.
This morning, I’m remembering how I told her it can awkward for me to have an intimate and complimentary conversation, to receive positive and powerful feedback from another.
It’s as if it’s a challenge for me to agree with another’s words that are good if they’re about me.
She said something I loved when I told her I don’t like to introduce myself as an Executive Director, it sounds so lofty, so unappealing to me, doesn’t sound like who I ever wanted to be.
She smiled and told me to accept it, to be in agreement with God’s decision to place me in a place to lead.
This morning I’ll think of it as abiding with God in his decisions to bring me to a place of leading. I’ll abide in my executive role and demonstrate my confidence because of God’s confidence in me.
Moment by moment, I’ll abide, be in agreement with God as I carry out my role in His world.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
John 15:4 ESV
I met someone yesterday who gave me an unexpected gift. I’ve decided to accept it, acknowledge her assessment of me.
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