An Unexpected Date
Happiness & Vibrancy with Rachel
I was out and about this evening, driving around the city sight seeing when I decided to wash the Camry, Toyota 2003 at the local car wash. My thought of my girl leads me to pay her a surprise visit, I had a gut feeling that she needs my presence or perhaps a silent moment of prayer with me. I was correct. Something was revealed to me that penetrated and pierced my soul and spirit. I felt guilty, hurt, and saddened empathetically and simultaneously. I have been preoccupied with theoretically, taking care of my girl all my life. I failed to love her in actual, living color. When my girl expressed her intimate, heartfelt truth surrounding her childhood memory that connects her to a special schoolteacher, which connects her to a certain group of her students in this present time. I knew something had happened within me. I knew that my tears were mixed with grief and joy and believe me the length and depth were immeasurable. Have you heard that God works in mysterious ways? I have had coaches, mentors, counselors, doctors, and clergymen to tell me, “keep learning and growing.” I am very grateful for having the open mindedness to invest and sow into my personal development as a human-being so that I can continue to communicate and connect effectively as a mother, sister, friend, and neighbor.
I have studied and read the book: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell.
Only One Thing Stands Between You and Success. It Is not Experience. It Isn’t Talent.”
World-renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell says if you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with people. And while it may seem like some folks are just born with it, the fact is anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, Maxwell shares the Five Principles and Five Practices to develop the crucial skill of connecting, including:
- Finding Common Ground
- Keeping Your Communication Simple
- Capturing People’s Interest
- Inspiring People
- Staying Authentic in all Your Relationships
The ability to connect with others is a major determining factor in reaching your full potential. It is no secret! Connecting is a skill you can learn and apply in your personal, professional, and family relationships.
What my girl revealed to me quote, unquote: “I am Mr. S., I resonate with some of my students who feel their parents were not available at times, and having to live with other people dealing with the dynamics in their household. I am going to make sure that my children will not have that experience.” Mr. S. was there for my girl’s fifth grade graduation. He treated an orphan girl and my girl to dinner and a movie when I was not available. My girl is always reaching out to help make her students in need happier.
I am very pleased with the outcome of my visit with my girl because our innermost connection’s level has just exponentiated.
The Future Glory
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we do not need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we do not yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we do not know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one — for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one — for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[ 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:18–39 (NLT)