(picture was taken in Georgia)
When I first “met” Jeremy in 2019, it was on my friend’s Facebook Live of their church service. I heard his soulful worship of the Lord, and from my friend, heard about his heart and how it beats every day for God, his family, and his church. In flying out to Georgia to train his church in digital discipleship, I was looking forward to meeting with him.
What is so amazing about Jeremy?
In 2019, he used a flip phone to type out bible verses to his friends, family, and neighbors. If you don’t remember or have never owned a flip phone, that is dedication! When we met, we talked about how to do that more efficiently. I encouraged him to seek out responses to his texts. After my visit, he eventually got a smartphone.
Today’s text from him references 2 Corinthians 12:9:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
The following prayer from him is emotional, humble, and shows how Jeremy draws his strength, not from himself, but from the Father.
“Dear God, I experience many moments of weakness in my daily life. I thank you that I can totally rely on your strength to move forward and do the work you have called me to do. I take glory in my moments of pain and weakness, because you give me the strength and resolve to carry on, the same way you did for the apostle Paul and the rest of the believers who proclaimed the gospel. I choose not to give up because I know you are always with me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”
People don’t connect with the cerebral. They connect with the emotional. So, bear your heart in the little things. Do things for others because you love the Lord and the Lord has taught you to love them. Be courageous enough like Jeremy to be vulnerable with others.