Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Too Old?

"Hi! I'm Aimee!"

"You were my computer teacher.  And my dance teacher."

I just laid my head down on the counter.  It had been at least 10 years since I was anybody's dance teacher.  So, I knew I was in for it.

This was the wife of a colleague at church.  I had heard lots of great things about her and I was looking forward to meeting her.  I never, in my life would have suspected that she was a former student of mine.

We talked and I remembered her as a middle school girl.  No one should have to be remembered as only a middle school girl.  Being a middle school girl is hard work, y'all! We should all have the opportunity to at least be remembered as a high school girl.  But I hadn't seen her after she left middle school so she stayed a middle school girl in my mind.  And now she stood before me as a beautiful young lady.

Good gracious, I felt old.  As I lay my head on the counter, I prayed.  "LORD, what are you doing?  I'm too old for this.  I'm too old to start over."

I looked up at one of our children's ministers who had witnessed the whole exchange.  "I am so old.  What is GOD doing having me start over at 42?" Kyle just smiled.

But it did get me I too old to begin in ministry?  The answer is, of course, no. You're never too old to do what GOD has called you to do.  Remember last week and Moses' next 40 years?  Everything I've done has led to this moment. GOD has needed me to learn some lessons, gain so experience to prepare me for what He has in store.

Yesterday afternoon I was making dinner and listening to podcasts.  One of my favorite podcasts is the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast.  Carey is a pastor in Canada and I always learn a lot from his podcast.  (You can read about an embarrassing encounter with Carey at Orange here.)Yesterday's was an interview with Todd Wilson about calling.

The LORD is go good! This was just what I needed to hear! Wilson talked about finding your 'sweet spot'.  To find your sweet spot you need to think about: Be, Do and Go

Be - who has GOD made me to be?  If you look back you'll see a theme throughout your life of who GOD has made you to be.  For me, GOD has made me to be a teacher.  Every job I've ever had included some element of teaching.  Even now as I step into ministry, I am still teaching. Teaching through my writing, teaching special needs kids about Jesus, teaching volunteers...

Do - what does GOD want me to do with who I am?  For the past 15 years, GOD has wanted me in public schools.  First I taught kids and now I mostly teach adults.  GOD is changing my 'do', who I teach, but I'm still a teacher at heart.

Go - where should I use my 'be' and 'do' to GOD's glory?  GOD and I are still working this one out.

On the podcast, Wilson says that college graduates usually worry most about the 'go' without thinking about the 'be' and the 'do'.  Then when that 'go' isn't the right fit, they think they must find a new job but they still haven't addressed the 'be' or the 'do'.  It was fascinating stuff, I highly recommend you listen to the podcast.

I feel very confident in who GOD has made me to be and what He wants me to be doing.  I pray about the go part often.  My prayer for you is that you discover who GOD wants you to be and that you do what He has called you to do. I have a feeling the go will take care of itself.  For you and me.

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