Monday, February 19, 2007

A NEW Theme Song...Miss Dependent

Let's get real here. Sometimes, it's really fun to drive down the road singing good ole "Girl Power" tunes. You know what I'm talking about...basically anything by Destiny's Child or Ashlee Simpson. (FYI - for some awesome Christian girl tunes, check out and listen to "The Anthem.") Not to mention, a personal favorite - "Miss Independent" by the one of two REAL American Idols, Kelly Clarkson (and the other being Carrie Underwood, of course).
No matter how much fun it may be, sometimes, it's a dangerous concept to even joke about being able to do everything on our own power. I know I can't do anything without God. But WITH God, my options are limitless if I stop trying to do it on my power and rely on His power. It's taken me every bit of 22 years to realize that, and I still struggle with it. I usually have to try it my way, fail, and THEN turn to God, which is obviously where I should have started to save time, stress, etc.
This is exactly opposite of what the world deems as success. Imagine if your new boss said, "In order to work effectively here, I need you to completely depend on me for everything and not do anything on your own." Not likely. But imagine what would happen if Jesus had gone with the definitions of worldly sucess for hiring his disciples. Perhaps it would have even looked a little something like this...
To: Jesus, Son of Joseph
The Woodcrafter’s Carpenter Shop
Nazareth 25922
From: Jordan Management Company
Re: Candidates for Management

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests, and we have not only run the results through our computers, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocation aptitude consultant.

It is the opinion of the staff that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocation aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capacity.

We have summarized the findings of your study below:

Simon Peter is emotional, unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no quality of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interests above Company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We believe it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been black-listed by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus definitely have radical leanings. Additionally, they both registered high scores on the manic depressive scale.
However, one of the candidates shows great potential. He’s a man of ability and resourcefulness; he is a great networker; has a keen business mind; and has strong contacts in influential circles. He’s highly motivated, very ambitious and adept with financial matters. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your Controller and Chief Operating Officer. All the other profiles are self-explanatory.
We wish you the utmost success in your new venture.

From the world's perspective, Judas, the one who betrayed our Savior, showed the most potential. The rest of the disciples that were thought of as "uneducated nobodies" were the ones that continued God's work. God wants to use people that will bring Him glory and not be focused on personal gain. When God chooses to use people that you doesn't expect, the only possible explanation for their good works is that He is living in them.
So don't get caught up in trying to be successful in this world. It can lead to too many dangers. But that is NOT AN EXCUSE TO BE LAZY. Let God be successful through you. Pray about being open and willing to God's plan for your life. Ask Him to challenge you and use you in a way that will bring Him glory. Then, get ready. You're in for an exciting ride.
Matthew 19:26
"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”

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