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We are now entering into our fourth year of ministry and I am feeling compelled to revisit what inspired me to begin, to take this step of faith into a world of darkness where there is a huge need for hope. What compels someone to say “Here I am Lord, use me”? What place in life, in your faith journey do you need to be at, spiritually, emotionally and physically to say “wherever you want me to go Lord, whatever you want me to do, I’ll do it”? I want to focus my life again with complete and unrelenting trust in God and continually pray those prayers. But to get to that point in life, I was pretty broken and had been shaken to the core with some tough challenges in my life but had found healing through Christ, and only through Him.
I am humbly sharing this because God took me through some really hard times in my life to get me to a place of total reliance and trust in Him. I don’t know if I would have prayed those prayers had I not gone through many fiery trials and learned through it all that my only hope was Jesus.
But even now, four years later, I am asking myself, would I still lay down my life, so completely, for God to use in whatever fashion He desires? Here’s the truth of the matter: I am broken, poor and needy and I am nothing without Christ. Nothing I do is apart from Him and all I do is for Him. And this is a glorious thing! Entirely opposite of what the world may say. Complete dependence, humble reliance and unrelenting trust in God to lead me, to take care of me, because I don’t want to do this on my own. I do not want to rely on my own strength because, frankly, it just doesn’t work. I am too weak. But Jesus said “my power is made perfect in your weakness” and that is what I have experienced, time and time again.
So this year I want to be inspired again. Not inspiration that comes from seeing a need and trying to fill it, but inspiration from looking at God and His glorious creation and wanting to be a part of what He is doing. My desire is to have a closer relationship with Him. Jesus reminds me that his, “yoke is easy and [His] burden is light.” I take that to heart because this ministry is challenging and the enemy attacks all of us. But if our focus is on God, it will be a wonderful journey and the enemy will flee! I think we should all ask ourselves often what inspires us and then pursue that inspiration. Not because we have all the answers but because we have The Answer, Jesus, and we can do all things through Him, no matter what that might be. I had no clue how to start a non-profit, how to connect with victims of human trafficking or how to run a ministry. But God does and I see Him changing lives every day, and not just the girl’s lives but everyone who is a part of Restore Innocence.The bigger picture is that He longs to restore all of us back to Him.
Be encouraged. Be challenged. Be Inspired!
To hear more inspiring stories, including “A’s”, please join us at this year’s benefit dinner, Be Inspired. She will be sharing her story of rescue and healing alongside the detective who rescued her.
Let’s Inspire one another to action, to truth and to love!
With Love, Michelle Korth