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A few weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a rainstorm just blasting the roof of my home. You know that sound don’t you? It makes you feel glad to be safe and dry inside your home and not outside where it’s raining ‘cats and dogs.’

As often happens, I couldn’t fall back to sleep and so I ventured outside and watched the torrential downpour from under the cover of my front porch. I love a good thunderstorm. It shows just how powerful God can be with a ‘snap of his fingers’ as He controls the weather and then how the weather can influence us.

As I watched the rush of the water spewing out of my gutters that were clogged with all those leaves that I hadn’t gotten a chance to remove, my mind (and my heart) flashed back to February of this year.

Our last blog by one of our Administrative Assistants, Megan Holmes, reminded me of a situation that occurred several years ago that took place right in our office waiting room. Our four sayings that line the wall in our hallway always remind me of it too. It has to do with the third frame that reads, “Don’t underestimate your impact on others.”

I was going through the gobs of paperwork sitting on my desk when our receptionist in the front of our office called me. “There’s a woman up here that wants to talk to you. Can you come up here to see her?”

All OFY employees are familiar with the OFY mantra; it is posted in the hallway, four phrases printed in a bold font and hanging in four simple frames:

YOU ARE HERE FOR A REASON.
YOU ARE HERE TO SERVE.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR IMPACT ON OTHERS.
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU.

But these signs are not just a decoration; they resonate in the hearts and actions of all OFY employees. I would like to share what these words mean to me as an OFY employee.

My first exposure to anywhere outside of the United States was over 16 years ago when I went with a team of men from my church to work on a church building in Quito, Ecuador. I was impacted very deeply on that trip. It was then that I truly realized how fortunate I was to have been born in and to live in America. I worked side by side with Quichua Indians as we mixed mortar with shovels in a wheelbarrow, carried 50-pound bags of cement mix, built walls with concrete blocks, ate potato soup, tried to understand the language they were speaking (a strange mixture of Spanish and some local dialect), etc…

As I reached over to turn off my alarm clock I saw two postcards on the end table next to my bed. Written on each of them was a Bible verse. One had the words to Philippians 4:6&7. It goes like this: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I recognized the handwriting immediately. The young woman who penned it had noticed that her dad was quite troubled of late. That I had been coming home from work for weeks now bothered by issues that my wife knew about, but that I tried to hide from my children. They didn’t need to know about the stress and strain of the ‘grown up world’ this early in life. There was time enough for that later.

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