I have really enjoyed Facebook. I love getting back in contact with old friends from years gone by. But it has been somewhat disheartening to realize so many of them have given up on living for God. It always encourages me and blesses me when I find an old friend who still loves Jesus and lives like it.
The past day or two, I have come back into contact with some friends I have not seen in well over 10 years. Not only have I not seen them, I had not heard from them or of them in that long either. It is a mother and a daughter who were in our church in Florida. The daughter was maybe between the ages of 8 and 12 when I knew her. She was in my Sunday School class for a while, and I remember her coming over the house several times. I don't really remember spending any "quality" time with her, or anything out of the ordinary.
Today on Facebook, her status said something about her church and the message the pastor gave and how much she enjoyed it. I commented that I was thrilled to hear not only that she was still in church, but that she was living for God.
This is what she wrote back and what I read with tears in my eyes.
"Thank you, Elizabeth! It's so amazing to be back in touch with you again, You have no clue how you played a role in my life, especially my developement in the wonderful Word of God. You're Daddy said the Salvation prayer with me at the young age of 8 and Baptized me. I'll always remember what a wonderful family you all were and are. You are the one that taught me to pray for my husband long ago, For his safety, salvation and all of that, I did and am very blessed because of that. So thanks a billion! You were my inspiration in alot of areas, Mommy, Christian and Wife. You are a blessing to me and i'm sure to all you know and have touched in the years passed and present."
Wow. I was speechless. I had no idea.
She was just a little girl in my life. I had no idea she was paying so close attention to how I was living or what I was saying.
It's not me. It wasn't me. It's all God. I know myself and this is all God. How grateful I am that He chose to work through me in this little girl's life in spite of myself.