In The Great Divoroce, C.S. Lewis wrote: “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.'” By nature, we all want to be planners, independent, and self-sufficient. By nature, God wants to show us the best choice, the best path, and the best option. As it has been said before, His plans for us do not always look like the plans we had for us. One of RLC’s volunteers has experienced such an intervention in her plans, yet does not regret allowing it to happen.
Chloe Gooden relocated from Hoover, Alabama to enroll in Seminary near Nashville. However, her plans did not unfold as she had expected, and ended up not enrolling in Seminary. Instead, she ended up in Bowling Green, and contacted Real Life Church soon after her arrival. “I was honestly impressed with how personable Pastor Brandon was, and he met with me immediately to discuss my ministry interest in a Prayer Team.” Not only has Chloe pursued her passion in prayer, but RLCers are also blessed by her involvement in the Worship Team and as a previous Life Group Coordinator. Clearly, she has a heart for serving, and will do anything she can to play her part: “I will never forget, one day after recording announcements, [Pastor Brandon] said ‘Chloe, I know you can do a lot. So when something comes up, I am just going to ask you, and you can be totally honest and tell me if you aren’t interested.'” Real Life Church is definitely grateful for her willingness!
As for her part on the praise team, she is so humbled to be singing to “my MAIN MAN GOD! I am so in love with God. I always hope that those who see the love I have for Him, and who He is to me, will wonder,’Who is this God she is so in love with? Why does He means so much to her?’ [I hope] it leads them to want to get to know God in ways they could never imagine. He is so good, and I truly hope everyone seeks Him so they can realize how amazing He is. If you don’t know Him, TRY HIM! IT IS SO WORTH IT!!!!!! HE IS AMAZING!!!”
That passion for God is what landed Chloe in the Spotlight for this week. To learn more about Chloe and her heart, visit www.chloemgooden.com. In her free time, she chases her dreams of ministry by encouraging other women. Her desire “for others to be healed, fulfilled, and experience the love and acceptance of Christ” has added spirit to Real Life Church. RLC is certainly blessed she did not follow through with her initial plans of Seminary, so be sure to offer her some words of encouragement and thanks!