Chenavia "Chey" Massey By: Tenieka Jenkins
Reporter: Some of you don't know this young lady, but allow me to introduce you to Chey. When asked to do the spotlight section I prayed and pondered. Then, God turned me to her. I asked her to tell us about herself:
Chey: "When I was first asked to write about myself. I became not only reluctant, but also baffled. Not of writing itself, but of what would I say. So I began to create an outline, and although I had perfect spacing with no underlined spelling mistakes or grammar errors, I immediately stopped and prayed because something was wrong about what I had already typed. And wham - it hit me. I remembered an instance when I was discouraged and feeling overwhelmed over life and its many challenges, and I remembered an illustration given to me. So, in hopes of encouraging others, here it is.
I was in the middle of both a daze and sadness when I heard God say I am his little "white t-shirt". Wait, don’t stop reading this, I promise I was just as confused and at the brink of just merely blocking out exactly what would be later found out as a blessing to me . So, in spite of my rejection, God continued to explain that I and my Christian brothers and sisters are like "white t-shirts". Set apart and meant to be seen. It was then God showed me that like white t- shirts we get stained with the sin of our lives, life lint from allowing the flesh to be pleased, and an odor (unpleasant spirit) from forgetting that we have a purpose and our lives are not ours, just as a t- shirt would.
So in order for people to really see how real He is, both trials and triumphs must take place for Him to get the glory. For we all have a history but ultimately it’s for His story written with us. So, because of His love, forgiveness, and salvation we are able to be cleansed daily and ready for wear (war) only if we allow Him to be the ultimate Launderer. Meaning that we must not condemn ourselves, live in guilt, fear or even the occasional worry, for He died purposely for these very things. Showing me that His detergent (the blood) could take me through any cycle (life challenge), His fabric softener (grace and mercy) could renew my heart, and His dryer (chastisement) is more than just sanitary but a part of living freely through Him. For faith bleaches doubt, trust rinses worry, and love softens hurt. So count it all joy when you are faced with difficulties for He is the ultimate Launderer."
Reporter: Well said, Sis. Chey was born in Orlando, FL 23 years ago. She's been with us for a little over a year, and is a faithful choir member. Her dream is to use her God-given personality, and gifts to be used throughout the world.
My Brothers and Sisters, I present to you Chenavia "Chey" Massey.
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