Like a compass that provides direction,
these are moments that move us to new ways of thinking, relating, discerning, and accepting life’s challenges.”
-Gari Meacham, Watershed Moments pg. 12
You may know Gari Meacham as a writer or speaker. She regularly speaks and teaches at her church home in Houston, TX, Second Baptist Church of Houston. Or, perhaps, you are a New York Yankees fan and heard of her husband, Bobby, a former Yankees shortstop. I did not recognize Gari from either end of spectrum, but now I know her as the one who challenged me to embrace, submit to, and reflect upon crucial moments in my life. Watershed moments, that is.
The honesty and transparency with which Gari writes in Watershed Moments drew me in and her descriptive analogies made this book more than just words on a page. I felt as if she were painting a picture, surrounding me with the beauty and appeal that these holy moments deliver to our lives.
“These watershed moments that change us aren’t predictable or scripted.
They’re as fresh as wildflowers and unique as fingerprints,
designed to penetrate the protective layers of our will until we surrender ourselves to their impact.”
-Gari Meacham, Watershed Moments pg. 20
Gari brings to light 7 different types of “watershed moments” one experiences in life: change, awareness, rebuilding, control, approval, overcoming, and belief. These moments are so impacting on one’s life that he or she will never be the same from that moment on. Her chapter on “Influence, Not Control” particularly grabbed my attention as I not only use my gifting as a Biblical Counselor, but also as a work-at-home-mom to a toddler. I could relate to this struggle between influence and control so well as I have spent significant time working with young children (who sometimes you just want to do what you say!).
“The joy of influence flows from the spirit of who you are;
you don’t sit around trying to stir it up.
We don’t save this for special events or tombstones,
because there are too many people who need an influencer in their lives now:
a child who needs direction,
a friend who needs some truth,
a spouse who needs to feel valued,
a leader who needs a mentor.
Influence has the ability to breathe new life into limp sails.
It enables those it touches to glide towards new horizons.”
-Gari Meacham, Watershed Moments pg. 134
I would highly recommend Watershed Moments to any believer looking for insight on their life. Be ready to take a hard introspective look back and maybe even notice a few moments when you missed the message because you refused to submit your will. There were a few points where I felt overwhelmed with the different types of watersheds she talked about, it was difficult to keep up with some of her ideas. Overall, Gari Meacham presents an engaging, easy read that will benefit anyone who takes the time to hear what she has to say!
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