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Young woman: you deserve more – 1 Corinthians 9:23

June 26, 2011
1 Corinthians 9:23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

To not be bold means that someone doesn’t get eternal life (John 3:16). A sermon by Andy Stanley really dared me to be bolder about sharing the amazing things that God does in my life. This particular day I was paying for shoes at one of my favorite shops. The twenty-something sales clerk commented how she liked clothes - she has so many clothes that she has taken all the closet space at her home, leaving only a few drawers for her boyfriend.

I felt a deep sadness that this young woman was already sharing a home with someone who didn’t make her his wife before he tasted the dessert. As we continued talking, I knew that I’d have to say something. As she wrapped my purchase, I told her that I hoped she knew that she was loved, valued and treasured by God. I could tell that it made her feel special but uncomfortable.

I continued by saying that she deserved marriage instead of settling for a live-in relationship. I could tell that she agreed with me, and she learned how much God loved and cared for her.

I planted a seed in her heart about God’s plan for marriage when it would have been easier to ignore her comments, and judge her under my breath. Instead, I introduced her to the idea that God made her special and deserving of a man who will honor and make her his wife.

I am so glad I spoke up. Her smile said it all. :)

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