Sandy Beck

 

FORCED TO BE STRETCHED

On a Tuesday morning, after working at the same company for 18 years in various roles, Sandy’s life took a 180 degree turn.  She arrived at work just like any other day, but when she was pulled into a meeting, she never expected the end result: she was laid off.  Within one hour she had packed up her desk, the company had shut down her computer and for the last time, Sandy left the building.

Leaving the office that day and driving home she remembered thinking, “Holy cow God, what just happened?”  And as anyone else would think after just being laid off, she thought, “What am I going to do?”

This happened three years ago.  And though this season was challenging and unexpected, this is the day when a new chapter in Sandy’s life story began.

As the days and months of being unemployed transpired, Sandy began to take steps to figure out what was next.  As a behind the scenes type person, it was tempting to take steps to stay in that type of role, but God began to pull things out of Sandy that she didn’t previously know were there.  She signed up for an Entrepreneurial Business Class in the cities for a weekend and it was there God gave her the confidence builder she needed to step out and do something she would never have dreamed.

“God is always trying to pull things out of you that you didn’t know were there.

Sandy always had a desire to make an impact, to do something for someone else that made a difference.  For years she had her own “Blessing Fund” where she would put money away as she could to be able to bless people as needs arose.  This was just a seed of what God had planned. She had thoughts like, “I wonder what we could do to help people with a little bit from a lot of people?”  But because she was always comfortable with her job, she never took the steps to accept the challenge of finding the answer to that question.

Through the process of losing her job, getting put in an uncomfortable place, God began to challenge her to get out of her place of comfort, to think bigger, want more, push the envelope, to think ‘God sized’.  She began to pray, “God help me to think bigger”

“God, help me to think bigger.”

Eight months after being laid off, in August of 2016, Sandy stepped out in faith following the Lord’s leading and launched Be a Blessing. A non-profit organization that partners with a different faith-based non-profit every month, to impact people’s lives with the love of Christ in a tangible way, both locally and globally.  Be a Blessing has partnered with Fill That Truck! Where they sent bags of supplies to be packed and delivered to Texas during the horrific destruction of Hurricane Harvey.  They’ve partnered with Jackson’s Basket out of the Twin Cities to bring support and awareness for families with Down Syndrome children.  When Puerto Rico was affected by Hurricanes and suffered destruction and severe power outages, Be A Blessing reached out to a church there to send financial help and prayers to them.  These are only a few of the great causes Be A Blessing has partnered with!

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If you’d have asked Sandy years prior about her life, she would have told you she’s very comfortable, she enjoyed her job and even felt her employer paid her well.  She had no plans to move on, but God had plans for her she didn’t foresee.

If your life feels uncomfortable right now, fight against discouragement.  In the midst of the “God what are you doing?” questions, be expectant. Sometimes God closes a door, to open other doors.  Your closed door could be an invitation to another door that’s waiting to be opened.  Be encouraged by Sandy’s testimony today and begin to pray: God, help me to begin to think ‘God sized’!