She Was Sovereignly Placed In My Life For A Reason

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Lately, I have had several conversations over meals and coffee with friends about the importance of friends. I will be completely honest and say that I have never had difficulty making new friends. However, with that being said, it wasn’t until the past few years after leaving high school that I realized getting along with people and being personable isn’t the same thing as friendship.

After putting my faith in Jesus when I was sixteen, I quickly began my search for new Christian friends. God was already ahead of me when He sovereignly placed a woman, Carlotta Gillespie in my life.

She is seven years older than me and is the greatest friend I have ever known. She wasn’t my friend at first, though; she was my mentor, and still is. God used Carlotta in my life in an unparalleled way. She dedicated time and energy to teach me how to study the word of the God using Precept’s inductive method. She would listen to me for hours on end and with every word she spoke was a reference back to God’s word. She showed me grace, love and support. She was a constant spur in my side, and encouraged me towards godliness.

As the years passed by she saw me growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. We shared life’s moments together, and whether rejoicing or mourning, she would join me. She came to my graduation and most of the major events in my young adult life. She was there for me. She did life with me. It was a beautiful picture, and one that has shaped me as a young adult. As much as I want people to know how great Carlotta is, I always make sure they know the verse that comes to mind when I think of her,

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

By the grace of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Carlotta follows the example of Jesus. Along with seeing for myself in Scripture that God is an intimate and relational God who cares for His people, in Carlotta I saw a practical example of how to be a friend in a way that exalts Jesus. 

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Bre has served on our Boot Camp staff and joined us for the first time in 2014 as one of our summer interns. Bre attends Liberty University Online where she is working on a degree in Psychology. She also loves Starbucks!

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