If you are under the impression that what you do doesnít matter, then think again. Everything we do and donít do matters, and has an effect on everyone around us. And if you believe the station God has you in life is a mistake, then hopefully this column will speak to you.
Iím a firm believer that there are no such things as accidents or coincidences, and even when we make wrong choices, the Lord can still use them for our good.
Every position I have held over the past 10 years has been more than a job to me. I have taken advantage of every opportunity to share the love of Christ with all of those around me. And although the Waxahachie Daily Light is not my final destination, while Iím here I want to take every opportunity to share Christ with those in the community.
Wednesday afternoon I had a chance to do just that. I was invited to speak to a group of adults who have developed a love for writing. None of them are popular authors who have had the privilege of publishing a bestseller. They are simply residents of Waxahachie who love the art of writing and wanted to know how I became a journalist. Other than sharing how I came to know Jesus, this is one of my favorite stories to share. Why? Because it gives me another chance to boast in the Lord.
When I was in school, there were two classes I loved more than anything, English and physical education. As a little girl, I enjoyed English and it was one of those classes I excelled at. There was just something so fascinating to me about taking the letters of the alphabet and turning them into words. Then taking those words and forming sentences out of them. I know that sounds somewhat nerdy. OK, it sounds really nerdy, but that was me. That would probably explain why I was picked on so much as a kid. But that was then and this is now. And although I donít get picked on for being nerdy anymore, I still have a deep love for the English language. So when that group asked if I would come and share how I became a journalist I was all too happy to comply.
I had gone over in my head numerous times what I was going to say, but when it came down to it, there was only one thing to say, Iím here because the Lord wanted me here. I didnít give a sermon or lecture, but I did let them know first thing that if it wasnít for God I would not have been standing before them.
As I stood there talking about the paper and what I do, it was like they were given an up close and personal look at the Daily Light. They were amazed at the fact that my boss would allow such content as my columns about my walk with the Lord. They said it gave them a new level of respect for the paper. They were floored by the fact that while I donít have a journalism degree, Neal White was willing to hire and take a chance on me.
My being there provided a sense of excitement and renewed within them a love that had been lying dormant. Even though it was a small group, in an intimate setting, what I said mattered to those who were present.
Iím not exactly sure where I would be if the Lord hadnít opened the door for me to become a journalist. Itís a possibility that I might still be sitting behind the desk of a local hotel wondering if there is something better out there for me. God opened this amazing door for me to be a part of the Daily Light staff and I have never taken that lightly.
Melissa Cade is a journalist for Waxahachie Newspapers Inc. Follow her on Facebook.com/MelissaCadeWDL. Contact her at 469-517-1450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.