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Ready or Not

By Katie Henderson, Washington Conference communication intern


There are many times in life where transition comes whether you feel ready for it or not.

Two years ago, I found myself at what felt like a dead end wondering what was going to happen next in my life. I had recently graduated university, was looking for a job that would both support and mentor me in a wholesome environment, and I was feeling lost and hopeless.

I had just left an unhealthy work environment and was rescuing my family from car trouble in Berrien Springs, Mich., when I happened on a Facebook post from the Southern Adventist University Journalism & Communication department. It was a two-year North American Division communication internship with Washington Conference.

That was the moment when God opened the door. After applying and interviewing with Washington Conference twice, they took a chance on me. And I will forever be grateful for the partnership between North American Division, North Pacific Union Conference, and Washington Conference that made this chapter of my life possible.

In Matthew 4:18-20, it says, “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.”

When Jesus called His disciples to Him, they were fishermen, tax collectors, zealots, perhaps tradesmen. Each of them had their own daily life but Jesus knew the greater potential they held. He knew they would make mistakes, that their journey with Him would not be perfect, that even one would betray Him. And yet, He called them to their potential.

Each of us has a potential that we have not yet developed or are still working on developing. This week as my internship comes to an end, I encourage you to see the greater potential in others as Jesus did when He called the disciples to their potential. Be a friend, a mentor, and a patient counselor to those in your life and community.