thank you for sending me so many
loving and kind words this last week.
they've just soaked and soothed all
the dry places in me. beautiful thoughts.
and the rough edges that kind of begin
to run havoc around all the organs of
my soul smoothe out , and again, i
can see Jesus clearly. put my eyes
and heart on Him and NOT my circumstances.
recently, i called an organization
and asked them to please send me the dvd
of my keynote address. in response, they said
they couldn't do that. that it was their property,
so to speak. i responded with shock. why
couldn't i, who did the speech, have a copy?
trust me, i never care about copies of anything
about me or by me, but was doing this because
some people helping my website requested it.
the next response from the head of this international
group shocked and broke me.
"ann, to be honest with you, we weren't happy
with your presentation, and not one attendee
ordered a copy of that hour."
though i had received a stout, standing ovation,
this was the real truth. in all the years of speaking
to thousands and thousands of people, this was a
first. i responded by thanking them for their candor,
and saying i was devastated to have failed them and
now, surely God, too. the final response was so kind.
"ann, we ALL fail at times. and in front of others.
but we love you, and have no regrets."
the real deal.
that is what the world
is yearning for. no one really cares
about our great successes, because we are
all broken. "God's strength is made perfect in weakness."
begin to speak more openly about your struggles. your
weaknesses. your losses. you will be amazed. suddenly,
others will feel safe enough to tell you their hurts. and once,
again, we are changing the world. not because of who
we are, but because we are reminding others that Jesus
died for the broken. He lives for our healing. and everyone
has a past. scattered failures. absolutely EVERYONE.
may Jesus truly be glorified this next week by our authenticity.