I'm Alicia and by definition that means I'm random, run on dark chocolate and sour patch kids, and love me some Jesus - my blog is bore out of the latter declaration. I'm committed to being honest and open in my writing and believe that your best work comes from speaking on what you know. I write about things like love and grace and use scripture to do it because its where I glean my encouragement from. No one, not even Christians, has a monopoly on truth so my hope is that anyone who reads what I share feels a little bit more loved, supported or uplifted, and a little less alone regardless of what they believe.
You can read more from Alicia at chasingthepromise.wordpress.com.
And, without further ado:
Questioning for Opportunity
I've been afforded some of the best experiences of my life because I dared to ask a question.
Can I come?
I'm interested; is there space for me?
Can you give me more support with this?
All these questions that only have two answers - yes or no.
I think sometimes we get so fearful of the possibility of a negative answer that we forget that an answer in the affirmative is equally likely to be given. For me, those are some pretty good odds.
It's with that in mind that I reached out to someone who is a hero in the faith for me and ask if I could interview them for a school project. And what led to me asking him for support in some other research I'm working on. And what led to my asking about attending an invitation-only gathering he was hosting.
And do you know what came of this?
I encountered a dear brother in Christ who received all my many questions with an open heart and who has spoken words of affirmation into my life.
I not only got confirmation that a resource I was looking at for that research was spot on, I now have an internship with the organization supplying it.
I was blessed with the opportunity to meet with men and women from all parts of the continent who deeply and sincerely love Jesus and out of whose hearts flows incredible, life changing work for the sake of others.
Friends, sometimes you just have to open up your mouths and ask a question even if you don't know the people or what the outcome may be.
The worst thing that could happen is that you get a no and don't partake in that particular opportunity. But if you never ask, you'll never see the YES that may have been waiting for you on the other side.