Wow, it feels exciting to be starting a new series of letters to you ! I'm so grateful to have a place where I can share some of my thoughts, inspirations and experiences with you. I would love to hear from you as well because the journey you are on matters and we can help each other.
As you may know, help is amplified whenever two or more of us are gathered in His name. By the way, how are you with that four letter word H-E-L-P ?
Sharing my need for God's help is an ongoing part of my prayer life but asking others for help is not always so easy for me. Fortunately, God is perfectly capable of leading me to people with knowledge and skills that I lack. Even when I have to cross oceans & time zones. A wonderful woman in Germany & another amazing lady in Sri Lanka recently took me to new levels of opportunity with some work projects but I had to step outside my comfort zone and ask for help.
How easy or difficult is it for you to ask for help from others ?
What stops you ?
Maybe you live or grew up in a culture where it's not okay to ask for help, where self-reliance and self-sufficiency are at the top of the menu. It may take re-evaluating some unhelpful patterns so that you and I can receive the help we need. Patterns like pride and control, fear of vulnerability and rejection, or distrust and discouragement.
But as Christians, isn't asking for help where our journey with Christ begins ? We come to Him bound by sin and completely unable to save ourselves and we receive Him as our Savior. We surrender our self to his sovereign lordship as He calls us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.
Jesus said, " I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life."
We are in Him and He is in us. I guess that's why He went on to tell us something that blows my mind: "You are the light of the world..." Really ??? If you're anything like me, you may be very challenged to contemplate that awesome declaration about your true identity. Especially at times when the weight of your emotions and your circumstances seems anything but light.
And Jesus doesn't just stop with describing us, He tells us to "let your light so shine before others that they see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
Glorifying God ? I definitely want help with that. Bigtime. So what an incredible blessing it is to have a Bigtime Helper, the Holy Spirit. I'll be writing about the Holy Spirit in my next letter, dear friend, so hope you'll bookmark this site or start your journey as a subscriber.
Until then, please know that I care about you, wherever you are and whatever you're going through, and I encourage you to think about an area of your life where you need some help. Then ask for it.
How have you been since my last letter ? I've thought about you and wondered how you're doing. Really. One of the things I love about coaching is having the opportunity to ask about your progress and well being from a place of caring curiosity.
Whatever distance is between us today, I'm pretty sure that you're a caring, curious person or you wouldn't be reading this. So here I am sitting at my desk again writing, and trusting that this letter will reach you wherever you are.
Where are you located by the way ? One of the amazing advantages of global connectivity on the internet is that you could be just down the street at Starbucks or on the other side of the world.
In the last week I've had the privilege of connecting with individuals in America, Australia, India and Africa. I'm curious about each one of them and privileged to hear tales of progress and admissions of pain. When God-given, caring curiosity is present in getting to know someone, it can open the door to an experience of sharing and self-discovery that can help heal and transform lives.
In Jeremiah 33:3 the Lord says,
"Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know. "
Our creative Creator has some interesting stuff to reveal about ourselves and others and how He's working in the world..in every nation, tribe and tongue. He's not calling us to be bored, shut down or too busy to explore. Nor is He calling us to lose ourselves in idle or destructive distractions. But let's not confuse the wisdom and necessity of discernment with pridefully guarding against the unknown.
I want to be curious about the things God wants to show me... like the other day when I got curious about an ad geared toward Christian businesses and discovered a website that markets Christian merchandise to a large audience of Christians in India and Malaysia. It was great to see how much looked familiar, but also challenging to note the cultural differences. A real eye-opener...and more importantly, heart-opener. Are you curious about brothers and sisters you haven't met ?
Are you a curious Christian ? When was the last time you were willing to ask about, learn and discover some great and mighty things God wanted to show you ? I'd love to hear about them sometime.
Well, believe it or not, I am finally going to start blogging, but I prefer to simply call it writing to you since that sounds a lot less like jogging and a lot more relaxing.
Now I must admit, I don't outwardly appear to be relaxing in this photo. I also admit it isn't actually me in the photo - although she really does look a lot like me as a child. I loved to sit at my father's desk near the globe. He was a travel agent with maps everywhere and kept a journal like the one she's writing in. It felt both relaxing and grown up to sit and write about "important things" and to look forward to someday helping people plan their itineraries.
Do you like to write ? I'd love to hear from you. I hope you like to read a little because I would like to start writing to you.
How are you ?
Or as an Australian friend of mine phrases it, how are you going ? How are you going through life these days ? Timid steps, even pace, leaps of faith ?
And Who are you ? It's funny when you think about it, writing to a complete stranger. Only I don't feel like you're a stranger ...and I am seriously interested in who you are and what the terrain of your life is like right now.
As in any relationship, I'm bound to say things that reflect all the human limitations of not really knowing the other person, of attempting to communicate in this one-sided format and...well, all the limitations of just being me.
Yet you and I are coming to know the One who already knows both of us better than we know ourselves. I'm really glad that He has brought you here and given me this opportunity to share a little of my journey with you.
He calls us out of our loneliness and isolation and into relationships. I confess that I've been dragging my feet a little - okay, a lot - with getting this communication started, but our loving Lord has been patient and gentle in His instructions to me to begin this assignment. He's pretty cool that way !
He even brought a very simple but deeply encouraging reminder across my desk:
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin." Zechariah 4:10
Is there something He's been leading or calling you to get started?
Maybe it's time to begin.
Letters to You
About the Author
Toni Kim has enjoyed writing since childhood when she discovered the word "penpal".
Toni coaches Christians globally & loves to hear from you.
She is also excited about fulfilling the Great Commission and challenged to share God's love with greater