“Trained as a girl to be a concert pianist and a competitive ice skater, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, 47, is undergirded by her Christian beliefs. During an Aug. 4 Sunday school class at National Presbyterian Church,” reports the WASHINGTON TIMES, “she explained what inspires her. Here is an excerpt:
Although I never doubted the existence of God, I think like all people I've had some ups and downs in my faith. When I first moved to California in 1981 to join the faculty at Stanford, there were a lot of years when I was not attending church regularly. …
One Sunday I was in the Lucky's Supermarket not very far from my house. I was among the spices and an African-American man walked up to me and said he was buying some things for his church picnic. And he said, "Do you play the piano by any chance?"
I said, "Yes." They said they were looking for someone to play the piano at church. It was a little African-American church right in the center of Palo Alto. A Baptist church. So I started playing for that church. That got me regularly back into churchgoing. …
"My goodness, God has a long reach." I mean, in the Lucky's Supermarket on a Sunday morning.
Have you lost your way? Stopped using your gifts? Whether through sin or simple complacency, rest assured, God will come looking for you! It is His will to restore you to a place of fellowship and service.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” (Luke 15:4, cf. Matthew 18:12).
“I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.” (Psalm 119:176).