Remind the people of Judah and Jerusalem about the terms of my covenant with them. (Jeremiah 11:2)
Relate: One day Sheryl Harris would be a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This was not yet that day, she didn’t yet have her own column, and this was a much smaller Akron paper. But when a panicked father contacted her because he believed his daughter had been kidnapped something in her shined through. She was facing a time crunch to beat the presses and moved quickly to gather as much information as possible along with a picture of the nine year old Jessica.
That picture in the paper was seen by a clerk at a convenience store and a short time later by another clerk at a gas station. Both called in to the hotline and their calls, possible only because of Sheryl’s swift action ended up saving Jessica Repp’s life. The author who first relates this story doesn’t even remember if Sheryl bothered to get her name on the byline of that story, but for one family at least, it would be the most important piece she wrote. She displayed a bit of the tenacity and influence that would one day make her such a great journalist.
Gideon was a nobody when he first encountered God. He was harvesting wheat inside a wine press under a tree when the angel met him. He saw himself as a nobody. Everyone else saw him as a nobody. But God called him a mighty man of valor. God wasn’t looking at who he once was but rather who he was becoming.
React: It is easy to look in the mirror. It is easy to see who I am. It is nearly as easy to look back and see (or embellish) who I once was. Neither of those is who God deals with when He calls to me. He doesn’t assign tasks based on who I used to be. He doesn’t plant vision based on who I am now. He calls me out based on who I can become. To be honest, that’s a little scary. It is easier, it is safer to deal with the present or the past. They are familiar. They are safe. But if I do what I’ve always done, I’ll be who I have always been. God calls out more. He calls me to act out now who I am becoming.
God, I am so glad that You don’t let me stay who I am. I am so glad that You see something in me beyond what I have been. My past is riddled with failures. My present is wallowing in untapped potential. Help me to live up to what You see in me. Help me to live out what You are calling me to become. With every step I take on this journey of life help me to walk closer to You.