My Story for God’s Glory:
God’s Provision while pursuing a Career as a Minster
Scripture: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness’. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Response: I can truly say that I would not be sitting here writing these words today were it not for the impact the youth ministry at First Baptist Jackson had on my life. One way that I was impacted was by getting to attend a statewide student leadership camp every summer called Super Summer. It was my final time to attend as a student the summer after my senior year of high school that Super Summer became more than just a time when I grew in my walk with Christ, but became a place where living my life for Christ took on a whole other meaning than I ever could have expected. At one of the big worship sessions, the speaker that night was talking about recognizing and realizing God’s calling for your life, which for me being a high school graduate headed to college with no major in mind, was a heavy topic on my heart at the time. During the time they allowed us to pray afterwards, I felt that God was calling me to ministry, specifically to girls and women’s ministry. But I distinctly remember thinking to myself, there’s no way God could be calling me to be a minister, I think He’s just telling me to lead a small group when I get older, which is cool because I was planning on doing that anyway.
It was not until the end of my sophomore year of college that I began to take that call to ministry seriously. By this time I had decided on a major and I was beginning to pray about what God wanted me to do after graduation. Every time I prayed about it, that call to ministry just kept popping up in my head and I even looked into and tried other jobs and things that I thought I would be interested in, but the more I prayed, and the more I tried things, the more abundantly clear it became that I was supposed to do full time ministry. To this day, I still cannot tell you why on Earth God decided to call me to ministry. I feel like I am the least qualified person for the job: I’m really not that great at public speaking, I have awkward interactions with people all the time, and to be honest I really don’t know all that much about the Bible. And then I realized that is exactly why God called me to ministry. No, I am not the most qualified person out there but as the verse in 2 Corinthians says, God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses. This has lead me throughout anything I have ever done in ministry and will ever do, to have total and complete dependence on God because by myself I am not good enough. I know full well that any time I have been able to minster to a girl or have had success with a ministry event, that in no way, shape, or form has it been because of me, it has been solely because of my dependence on God and Him making an impact through me and thank goodness He never fails.
Being called to ministry, you learn to depend on God like no other, not only for ministry, but also in life in general. I have found that as I continue on this journey into becoming the woman God has called me to be, I have to have complete and total dependence on God for every step of the journey because so far, He has only revealed His plan to me one step at a time. So, for right now as I am taking the next step, going to seminary, which again, I feel completely inadequate, I am depending on God to lead me through these next couple of years and then afterwards who knows where I will be. But, I know that even when I feel inadequate, anxious, or even lost and confused I can always depend on God to take care of me and lead me to where I am supposed to be.
Note from Cindy Townsend
First Baptist Jackson Minister of WEM/WMU
Dannie Waller and her family are part of the very heart of First Baptist Jackson. As early as the time she was dedicated as a baby to the Lord in our sanctuary, she began a journey of getting to know the Lord God. Her ultimate trust in Jesus as her Savior led Dannie on a lifetime of other trust ventures: from the comfort of Jackson Academy to a new place at Samford University and now
to Southwestern Theological Seminary in the big state of Texas. We pray God’s best to come her way as she studies in seminary. Please pray for Dannie as she plans to do some form of girls ministry after seminary. If you know a woman who has a story for God’s glory we need to hear, please email us.