He Equips the Called

“…that great shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.” Hebrews 13:21

I enjoyed a career in sales and hospitality for nearly 14 years, and I delighted in home-schooling my children. While passionate about my endeavors, I was beginning to feel God’s prompting to a higher purpose, one that would bear more fruit and bring Him glory. Meanwhile, I had returned to martial arts training after 15 years and discovered a new goal about which I was giddy: earning my 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo. Despite His quiet voice and the increasing job tension, however, I plugged along in my own strength thinking, “for what else could I possibly be qualified, Lord?”

After several gentle nudges with lackluster obedience from me, God steamrolled ahead, relieved me of my job responsibilities, and left my head reeling. What did He want me to do? Well, I was asked to manage the Warriors program, a group of 80 kids, 3-8 years old, at various levels in their martial arts training. Sure, I had a black belt, but how did that translate to these little ones? I could direct my own training, but how was I supposed to teach brain and body life lessons to a group of unfocused, high-energy kids?

No way. I was not qualified for this–mentally or physically. I was too old to start a new career or have the stamina for such a physical role. Then there were the weekly lesson plans. How am I to keep all these children focused, engaged, and disciplined? How do I manage my time with five back-to-back classes four nights a week and Saturday mornings and still maintain a household and take care of my own children? I was stressed. I slept very little. I weighed pros and cons. I was prepared to say “no” right up until my meeting with my trainer, when I peacefully, unabashedly found myself saying “yes”.

That was 4 months ago, and I have not once looked back. God not only equips me each and every night, but He energizes me when I have nothing left, sparks ideas when classes are stalling or out of control, and speaks through me into the hearts and minds of these incredible kids and leaves us all on fire. I am learning to step up and set a better example as a parent and as a wife and we are all better for it because He equips the called, period. We just need to step out and faithfully accept our positions in Christ, whatever they may be. We will ALWAYS reap the rewards, and He will be glorified.

Prayer: Faithful Father, walk us out in faith toward that which we are called to do and who we are designed to be in You. Unveil your great plan and purpose for our lives and remind us that we are worthy and qualified for every task you set before us when we follow your lead. Thank you for your divine opportunities, Father. In your Son’s Holy name, Amen.