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The Same Power

On July 4, I decided to stay at home and bask in the glory of all of our neighborhood fireworks. After I’d had my fill, I decided to turn in a little early. About 11:30pm, I woke up sweating. I grabbed my phone as I usually do, to check the thermostat. To my surprise, it wouldn’t connect. Great-I thought. Now I have to get up and walk all the way into the kitchen to turn it down. Well to my surprise when I got to the thermostat, it was completely dead! No lights, no numbers, no nothing. My first inclination was to go and check the breaker box and trip the AC breaker, which I did. I returned back inside to find no change.

I then decided to check the other outlets in the kitchen to see if they had power. So as I did this and reset the GFCI switches, I began see some light flicker and hear other electrical noises in the house. I thought to myself, I’m finally getting somewhere. Went back to the breaker box to work my magic.

I can came back in to fidget with the thermostat and still nothing. Over an hour had passed and I was sleepy and now hot. The strange thing to me was that some of the outlets worked and others didn’t. Because the fan in my room still worked, I decided to call it quits at 1am and just call someone the next day.

Long story short, turns out that after the electrician came out, I had to call the power company. The power company finally made it out to explain to me that I was only getting partial power to my house. Therefore, anything that used 220 watts wouldn’t work, hence my AC, stove and any other large watt appliance.

Arrrggghhh-It’s 100 degrees outside and 82 inside-So I had either had to suffer through the hot in my house, or leave and go somewhere cooler until they dug a 3 foot hole in my yard to discover the problem, one wire wasn’t quite connected because it had be covered with dirt in construction. He began to explain to me that this wasn’t the first time they’d been in the neighborhood for the same issue-they keep reminding the builder, but they kept covering the power lines with dirt.

It got me to thinking…power is an important thing. You see, my house had some power, but the necessary things like AC and stove wouldn’t work because I only had half the power. Somewhere my connection was covered with dirt. Even though my neighborhood is fairly new, some of the new stuff still got covered with dirt-and the dirt wasn’t supposed to be there. The bible declares that we have the same power in us that raised Jesus from the dead. It’s also the same power that brought the children out of Egypt and that parted the Red Sea. That’s some SERIOUS power!!!

If that same power lives within us, why do we at times walk around defeated and in disarray? I feel it’s because we don’t have a full connection. Sometimes, our power lines (prayer, church, bible reading, fasting, positive people in our presence) might be covered with dirt, too much Netflix or TV, not enough bible reading or church going and let’s not forget the importance of prayer!

Take a moment today to shake the dirt off so that you can access the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and live your best purpose-filled life!

Edith Marlo Wright
Director of Music

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Do You!

I recently visited a service where the Pastor preached “Your job isn’t your purpose.”  Well, of course I had to disagree to some point. What are you uniquely designed for? What is your passion?  As a professor once asked me, “What would you do daily with joy and satisfaction, even if you didn’t get paid for it?”  Do you.

Hmmm…As the thought about the pastor’s sermon resinated in my mind, I realized that I might be different from most.  IMy jobs just happen to be my purpose. “Do You.” Mother said at the age of 3 I would sit on our front porch steps and “play them.” When she asked me what I was doing, I told her that I was playing the piano and directing the choir.  A few years before she died, she gave me a picture that I had drawn for her. To my surprise, she had kept it tucked away in a safe place for over 30 plus years. When I opened the drawing, I discovered it was me singing in a long gown with a microphone in my hand.  The story behind that was I was going to be a famous singer one day. Well…I wouldn’t call myself a famous singer, but I will say that singing is a part of my daily regimine. I guess I could say that I am “Doing me.” 

I teach a zumba class locally and right before the class started, in walked this beautiful well built woman.  It was obvious that she lifted weights and took very great care in her physical appearance. I introduced myself and so did she.  She said “I am here to take your class.” I was like-yay!! It will be fun. Then she said,”I teach the class here on Wednesday nights.  I teach the body sculpt class.” Hence the beautifully sculpted biceps. My outside face said-Yay, but my inside face dropped to the floor.  How in the world could I teach zumba to this obviously very healthy body sculpt teacher who I later found out was also a personal trainer. It took me about 1.5 minutes to talk myself out of being intimidated by her very presence.  In talking to myself, I realized something. I was here to do my job-teach Zumba and she was here to take my class-end of story. Before this minute and a half, I found myself comparing myself to her!! What if this and what if that??!!  But then I was reminded-I am in competition with no one. “Do you” I told myself and I did just that. I taught my class just as I would any other time. At the end of class, she said she loved it! Wanted to take selfies and post about how much fun she’d had.  Then once the room was empty she said to me “I’d really had a day and I just needed to come and work it off with your class and it did me good. Thanks!”

Do you.  What does that term mean? I hear a lot of people say, “hey, do you girl!”  Or wow that’s awesome, do you!” Growing up, It took me a long time to come to love myself and understand that they way I was made and the gifts and talents that I possessed were no mistake.  

That me being on this Earth was  no mistake. God took his time to craft me-and that being done uniquely.  I can remember Mother would always say “You can do whatever you want to. You just need to make a plan and do your best to stick to it.  If that first plan doesn’t work, then go to the next one-but quitting is not an option.” Mother stressed not just doing something, but “doing YOU!”  Find something that makes you feel full. Find something that gives you joy. How awesome would it be if your profession was also your purpose?? Life is too short to waste it.  DO YOU!!

Marlo Wright

Director of Music

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