To Those Who’ve Trained Me

Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience. Galatians 5:5 The Message

I can’t take credit for anything I’ve done in my life. My part was to do what I was trained to do. My mom and her sisters sang together as a quartet for years. My mom and dad sang together, as did his siblings. Music simply ran in the family. I started singing when I was 2 years old and harmonizing when I was 4. I don’t know how I did it, I just heard it in my head and found I could find any part and sing it. I’m thankful for the privilege to sing with some great people along my journey.

I can’t take credit for writing. My mom was simply too busy to write letters when she was running the orphanage and clinic in Haiti, so she made me her correspondent. She would trust me to answer letters from sponsors and help her write the newsletter at times. I began journaling when I was 18, and although I don’t do it everyday, I enjoy the ability to write my thoughts and share and encouraging word.

I can’t take credit for doing couples ministry or premarital counseling. I owe that to all of the teachers and trainers who invested their gift into me, who encouraged me to lead, monitor classes and share our story. All of that training enabled us to invest into other marriages and give them the tools needed to survive and thrive in their relationships.

I can’t even take credit for my beautiful looks–that was the influence of two very beautiful parents. LOL

Truly there is nothing in life we can brag or gloat on, it’s the grace of God that gifted us, but it’s our own responsibility what we do with it. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share it with you.

Everything I do or have done, I owe to those who’ve taken the time and effort to train and encouraged me. I’m especially thankful for the Holy Spirit and His constant influence working in and through me. Without Him energizing and activating His Word in me, I’d be a failure in every sense of the Word.

Sandy G


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