In 1992 Hardees had a commercial jingle that asked a very simple yet equally poignant question. The jingle asked, “Are you ready for some real food?” This may seem strange, but if you are not ready to eat real food, you could possibly choke to death! If you have not learned to properly process you food or if your digestive system is not equipped to breakdown the intake of food, it could be harmful to you. Catch that in the spirit! This year my family has celebrated several commencements which has caused me to consider how we go through many periods of preparation throughout our life’s journey and I’ve found that people often want to skip steps or stages when being prepared for the next thing. This is very dangerous; because the thing you needed in development, that you may have missed or not handled properly, could be the very thing that has you stuck in a vicious cycle of dysfunction.
Why am I sharing this information you may ask? I am a high school math teacher by profession and a minister of the gospel by call. I deal with an enormous number of people who want to skip the preparation process. In other words they want the proverbial shine without any of the grind. I have students who are extremely anxious to be grown; until grown folks stuff starts to show up while they are still in their preparation period and they have NO clue about how to handle their adult situations.
In ministry, I meet people who are eager to turn their collar around without even a thought of turning their life around. There are so many people who are desiring to be in somebody’s pulpit or have leadership status without the necessary preparation; they are more interested in having a position than being in position! We do God’s people a disservice when we are to represent God, but we don’t want to go through the necessary process of growth and development ourselves!
Why do we think we are able to make disciples when we don’t want to be discipled or have bucked the disciplining process for our own lives? Fifteen years ago, I had a premature son who died shortly after birth. If I didn’t learn ANYTHING else, I know for sure that I do not want another premature blessing because the loss of his life has been one of the most difficult experiences I’ve ever had to hurdle. Hear me when I say, that life lesson taught me that there are many complications when we rush the process and don’t let patience (life) have its perfect work.
I’ve learned not to beg for meat if I’m still in my milk stage. But, I’ve also learned that I don’t want to be an overgrown saint still sucking a bottle when I should be eating a full course meal. So how do we balance this? We seek God in all of God’s wisdom, and everything that we’re supposed to have will come our way in its proper time. How are you handling your season of preparation? Will you be ready when it’s time to move to your next phase?
Numbers 11:18 a ~ Then tell the people this: “Prepare yourselves for what will happen tomorrow. You will eat meat”.
Matthew 6:33 ~ Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too.
Philippians 1:6 ~ I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world.
Take good care of you!