Internet isn't all bad.
Last year, I applied for a mentor: a person that could help me through the transition from high school to college, giving me advice and encouragement along the way. She definitely helped me through the bumps I encountered in the road of freshman year, and that relationship made me want to be that person for another freshman: help them through their problems, share the experiences that I have gone through so maybe a freshman girl wouldn't have to go through the pain that I experienced. Well, with my class schedule running up the wazoo, I don't know if having a mentee would be the best idea since I am going all hours of the night studying. I digress.
Over the summer, I was going through a lot of things all at once, and I didn't know how to sift through everything. I needed the affirmation that God was in control through it all and that He has a reason for all the pain. Smile FM posted about free spiritual coaching on this website called Groundwire. I though Okay, this is what I need. A random stranger can tell me what I need to hear. As I was chatting with this spiritual coach (it's real-time instant messaging), it was more than I had anticipated. We prayed together and he was sincere with his care for me. It blows my mind to think that a complete stranger could care about me so much, but he did. Tears were falling down my face by the end of it.
I didn't think much of that experience until a couple days ago when another page I like on Facebook (I think it was Smile FM again) posted that Groundwire is looking for spiritual coaches. I suddenly got the urge to look into it. I was hesitant because the application asked for a "basic Gospel representation and how [I] would lead someone to accept Christ." I'm not "experienced" (I guess you could say) with witnessing. I've had one sour experience where witnessing almost caused me to lose a close friend, but I don't want that one bad experience to be the foundation of my witnessing. I want the Great Commission to be my basis, knowing that I will be persecuted by sharing Christ.
I received a scary (and by scary, I mean "Holy cow, God. You really mean business, don't You?" O.o) confirmation last night when I read a post by Rick Warren, and it was Matthew 25:45--
"And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'" (NLT)I definitely have some work to do, and I'm scared out of my brains how it's going to turn out, but it's not about me: "He must become greater; I must become less" (John 3:30; NIV).
Prayers are appreciated, brothers and sisters. :)