Special Assignment

“There’s a special assignment on your life.” Rev. Anthony Ballestero from Clearwater, Florida, spoke during a leadership class. He went on to say, “Don’t allow natural things to discourage you.”

Plenty of those natural things entered my life as a preteen. Poverty. Loneliness. Divorce. Yet God took the broken pieces and used each one for a specific purpose. Now, as I teach preteens who struggle with overwhelming challenges, I can empathize and encourage because I have walked similar paths.

A few days after Rev. Ballestero’s comments, his grandmother passed away. My husband and I attended her funeral. We had known Content “Connie” Faith Ballestero for many years. Her positive attitude, her vibrant Christian example, and her charming smile, evident in every spoken memory of her family and friends, also appeared in every photo displayed. Tremendous trials did not dampen her faith. Severe hardship did not steal her laughter. And the “natural things” did not prevent her from passing a legacy of biblical values to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Her courage reminds all of us—teachers, parents, and preteens—about our duty. Sometimes we gotta just keep walking. We get discouraged, tired, and weak. Yet God is with us every step of the way. There is a purpose for each difficulty. We can be faithful. True. Dependable. Persistent.

Let’s march forward, take the challenge, and find our place in God’s kingdom. We have a special assignment.

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21 NKJV).

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