Going Cold Turkey

Well here it goes, I am spilling the beans, and they’re not baked beans…  Hold onto the seats of your pants for this one. It’s only been within the last two years that I attempted to bake my first turkey! I mean, I ain't gonna lie.  It was not until about a month ago that I finally mastered how to boil grit. (or is it grits?) So I made the turkey purchase and was excited and nervous about preparing our feast. On the way home, I stopped by TJ Maxx to pick out the perfect cooking outfit, a cute whimsy sweater, gaudy earrings, polka dot high heels and a monogrammed cuff bracelet. Let’s just face it; I can cook better if I am dressed in the proper attire!  Without a doubt, I knew I would win the Betty Crocker distinguished cook of the year award!

Surprise, Surprise!

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HONEY CHILD, when I removed that turkey from the wrapper it was cold, wet and slimy all in one. I had to put a dog collar on it just to hold it down in the pan so it wouldn’t go flying out while I was buttering it! And there’s another thing…why do they put that paper bag with the "thingamajiggies" inside?

Seriously, how was I supposed to know to pull it out before I baked it? On top of that, no one ever told me I had to thaw the rascal before cooking him. I have never panicked so much in my life. It was all I could do to get “him” to crawl in the bath tub and soak in hot water and towel off, grease down with the butter, jump in the stove and suntan to a crisp before my guests arrived!!

Overwhelmed, Unprepared & Unqualified

I love good food, and I can make some incredible mouth-watering lasagna, spaghetti, and even a sweet potato casserole that would make your tongue wrap around your ankles twice, BUT at that moment I knew I had twenty some people to feed and I felt overwhelmed, unprepared and unqualified to be in that kitchen!

That is just how some of us feel when we are called to do something new for the Lord. Our first response is “me, are you kidding, I am not qualified!” That is just how I felt when God was leading me into the ministry, overwhelmed, unprepared and unqualified.  Satan began to have a field day with my mind! “You in the ministry? Hahaha, it will never work, you aren’t a licensed minister, you’re not a certifiedcounselor, and you will do nothing but fail!”

God does not always call the qualified, but He will qualify the called.

I will never forget a statement I read in The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson, one night while I was studying, “God does not always call the qualified but He will qualify the called.”It was all I could do to keep from shouting and waking up my family. I WAS not qualified, I did NOT have the degree, but honeychild, I knew the Man who was MORE than qualified, and He was walking right alongside me, and with God there was no way I could fail!!

One of the great facts about the church is that throughout its existence, the Lord has chosen to use very ordinary people to do his work. I mean, do you think any of us would have ever chosen who God used to be his twelve disciples? Or what about Noah, David, Moses? And the list goes on…  Some of them were very uneducated and very unqualified but look how God used them to spread the gospel!

What Is God Calling You To Do?

What is it God is calling you to do, teach a Sunday School class, sing in the choir, start a Bible Study, mentor couples, or lead youth. The Father has qualified you! If you can find the courage and humility to lean into Him today. Isn’t it time you place your trust in Him?

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.  ~Philippians 4:13

Where have you seen God qualify you when you’ve trusted Him?

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