pastor John's House is the personal website of Pastor John D. Clark Sr., of Burlington, NC
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Brittany Mellick

God Gives Me Opportunities

Growing up I was never the kind of person who finished anything. I would start things I couldn't finish, I was unreliable, I would join clubs only to drop out 3 months into them, or I would quit at something when it didn't go my way. As I grew older, this bad habit followed me up until I decided that I wanted to go to college.

I had received the holy ghost by then and was married. I began by going to school at a community college to be a physical therapist's assistant. By the end of my first semester, with one assignment to turn in I dropped out. I just thought I couldn't do it. Things got 'tough' (in truth I just got lazy), and I dropped my classes. I made a ton of excuses to justify my reason for dropping out and wasting all of that time and money.

In my heart I knew it was wrong, but I didn't want to admit it to myself how awful I was. I then decided that I wanted to pick up massage therapy. I attended school there for 3 months and again dropped out. By this time, I knew I was really not appreciating the opportunities God had given me. I had two opportunities to go to college and make something of myself and I blew it. Both times. I couldn't kid myself anymore, and I was feeling pretty low. At this point, I realized that I had a major issues on my hands. I was lazy, unthankful, and completely unreliable. It was tough to admit that I was this person, but the proof was in the puddin; I couldn't deny it. I decided that I would cool it for a while and stop trying to go to school. I wanted to get still because I knew I couldn't fix me. God had to.

I remember talking to God repeatedly about the situation with school and what He had shown me about myself through it all. I prayed that he would fix me and that if He ever gave me another opportunity to go to school that:

1. I would recognize that He was giving me another opportunity
2. I would be thankful for that opportunity
3. I would complete whatever program I committed to.

After praying this, I had other situations come up in my marriage, at work, and in other relationships where God was showing me how the laziness, unthankfulness, and unreliability were affecting those areas of my life. They were tough lessons for me, but I knew that Jesus was giving me opportunities to change. This continued for a good while. I was still very interested in going to school and would look at different professions from time to time that I thought I would be interested in. I had just given birth to my daughter, and knew that I didn't want to commit to a school that would take me away from her.

One day I was online and came across an ad for Phoenix University. I knew Phoenix University was an online program and that it provided lots of different options for its students. It sounded pretty good, so I submitted for more information and then basically forgot about it.

About 3 months later, I was sitting at work checking my emails and noticed a banner on the right side of my screen advertising for Phoenix University. I sat there for a minute staring at that banner, remembering the things God had shown me about myself as well as all of the opportunities since then He had given me to correct those bad attitudes and habits.

I said, "God I really want to go back to school, but I am not going to move until you tell me to." I then exited out of my browser and the phone immediately rang. I looked at the caller ID and the name read UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX. I was in a complete state of shock to see that name roll across the caller ID. I answered, and a man by the name of James greeted me and asked if I was Brittany Mellick. He said that he had received an inquiry from me and this was one of the numbers I had listed as a contact.

When I got off of the phone, I couldn't do anything but cry.

1. I KNEW that this was my opportunity to get it right.
2. I was SO THANKFUL that I had been given another opportunity.
3. I was DETERMINED to complete whatever program I committed to.

Jesus heard me!! I was so thankful to have the opportunity not just to go back to school but also to become a better child of God and a better example to others. Currently I am over halfway done with my Associates degree in business. I am set to graduate from this program in May 2011. I don't know where I would be or what kind of financial or spiritual mess I would be in if it weren't for Jesus showing me my true colors.

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