I have a Holy Spirit and you’re not it. ~ H.H. Fogle
I’m famous among my friends (and perhaps already here at Two Minutes of Grace) for my love of reading and quoting “dead white men”. While I have an abiding respect for the writings of Lewis and Chesterton and Merton and Nouwen and McDonald, it’s often the words spoken by those I know and love that resonate the most deeply with me.
I have a Holy Spirit and you’re not it. This wasn’t said to me, but it could have been. Trapped in a hospital elevator on a long ride to the 8th floor, Heidi was exhorted by a church leader: You’re choosing Plan B for your life.
Clearly, nodding and simply walking away wasn’t an option. Not that she would have anyway – not her style. Heidi’s response was gentle but direct. I have a Holy Spirit and you’re not it.
As she shared this scenario with me, the truth of her words embedded themselves in my heart. I can’t begin to recount the number of times I’ve stopped myself from telling someone what they should or shouldn’t do. Or how many times I’ve caught myself on the verge of audaciously speaking for God and sharing my great insight into His will for their life.
They have a Holy Spirit and I’m not it. Thank you for the reminder, Heidi.