kelly combs head shot croppedThis series is designed to lead up to the messages you'll hear at "In Christ, Of Christ," the Women's Ministry's 2013 retreat.  This 7-week series features writers from Fairmount and beyond--please join us each week.

Series: Week 1 ~ Week 2 ~ Week 3 ~ Week 4 ~ Week 5 ~ Week 6 ~ Week 7


Week 6: A Chance Encounter

by Kelly Combs

What would you do if you had a chance encounter with someone who could change your life? A swimmer’s chance to jump in the pool with Michael Phelps. A singer’s chance to be heard by Simon Cowell. A writer’s chance to be read by Thomas Nelson Publishers. 


Like the swimmer, would you jump in hoping to make a big splash? As a singer, would you sing a song, not worrying that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear? Or would you be like a writer who fights off her writer’s block with great hope of inspiration?

You’ve stepped into the path of greatness ready to be judged, rejected or accepted. You’re scared you’re not good enough, but you pray you are. You squelch down the desire to run and say, “Never mind, I’m not worthy.”

But then you hear the words “I accept you!” You’re a gold medal Olympian, or a Grammy-winning artist, or a New York Times best seller. You’ve been chosen by the greatest to be his protégé, and he will be your teacher.

Think it could never happen to you? I thought so too. But think again. That’s exactly what God does. He gives us the chance to do our best for Him. Sadly, by ourselves we aren’t enough. We sink instead of swim. We are more than a little pitchy. We have weak writing and no platform.


But God only sees Jesus and His perfection, and says to us, “I accept you.” Because of His great love, He gave us a Teacher who is willing to show us the ropes, to improve our craft, and to perfect us.


Jesus is called our teacher over 60 times in scripture. He himself said, “You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am” (John 13:13). He wants to be the ever-present source in your life, helping your grow to be the best you that you can be. He wants to show you the importance of the eternal, and the banality of the temporal.  He will be there with you every step. He is the Teacher, the Guy, who revolutionized life for sinners. He is the One that shows us the way.

All because of one chance encounter, your life can be changed. Jump in, sing out loud, write your story.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV 1984

Kelly Combs is a writer who loves coffee, clothes & Christ…not necessarily in that order. A chance encounter with Jesus changed her life.  You may learn more about her at