Unlikely

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I heard this saying years ago, not sure who said it originally, but it has stuck with me:

“God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”

At a young age, my older brother got his first guitar and began playing blues and
rock music. I remember being across the hallway from him and listening to him learn how to play the instrument.  He quickly caught on and before long he was playing songs and guitar solos.

I thought it was the coolest thing.

I was playing Trombone in the middle school band at the time, and although I had a love for classical and jazz music, I began to fall in love with the guitar and what it could do and sound like.

Not too long after, I got my first guitar as a Christmas gift from my parents. Let’s just say my journey was much slower and more of a struggle for me to pick it up and learn. Not too long after that, my younger brother was gifted a drum set. As you can imagine the house was a little noisy at times. He began to learn how to play the drums and much like my older brother, he caught on quickly.

Both of my brothers are very talented and I was typically following far behind in their shadow. We were in a band together for right at ten years. We had a lot of ups and downs, and like most bands, it came to an end.

Around the time the band ended, God began opening new doors up for me. Honestly, I wasn’t ready spiritually or musically. Looking back, it seems God was drawing me closer and closer to him through the journey. I didn’t need to have it all figured out or everything in order. I just needed to walk forward as any door was opened. When I felt unworthy, he would remind me to stay the course and continue to move forward.

We know that the Bible is full of these stories of people who are broken, sinful, and average or even below average, that were used by God to do amazing things.

-  Moses was a murderer and had a speaking issue, but God used him to deliver his people from slavery. (Exodus 4:10)

-  David was a murderer and an adulterer, but he was called a man after Gods own heart. (Acts 13:22)

-  Rahab was a prostitute that God molded into an amazing woman who became part of the genealogy of Jesus.

God is looking for those who are willing. Those who are available. Those who will submit to his will and walk through doors as he opens them.

What is He calling you to today?

Maybe you’re not the best at that thing that you do, but he has blessed you with it and he can take that and multiply it! He wants to, and will use you for his glory if you will submit to his calling of your life.

2 Corinthians 8:12

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

 

Casey Whitaker