“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument],
And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own];
I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5, AMP)
There is a local coffee shop that I love because it offers a variety of teas. Sometimes I like to get a nice chamomile and other times I choose to be more adventurous. The teas from around the world have different flavors, and each taste is significant and reflective of its region. My life is filled with flavor, but I’ve been hiding what it is. Why? I’ve feared what other people thought about my evolving process. I haven’t wanted to be seen as too strong, too weak, too bland, or even too bold. So how did I respond instead? I retreated (not the fun kind of retreat either). Instead of allowing my life to shine, I choose to dim its significance. I never considered this was one of the most hurtful things I could do towards God: deny my identity in Him.
If you’ve noticed, there has been a progression in the way I write and share. I encourage people naturally, but this time it isn’t with rose-colored lenses. I’ve experienced my share of seasons of joy as well as tears. All of these moments have helped me to embrace my unique flavor in God.
I’ve learned a lot of lessons from spending time in the coffee shop that may help you also. There is a process, even with tea! As I share how I’ve grown, I pray you will look at your life and find your flavor in God.
The Selection Process
The most important part of finding a great tea is the selection process. Every tea has a different purpose, whether it is for enjoyment or medicinal purposes. To select the right tea, you need to know the meaning it is meant to serve. When God chooses us, it’s for a use. I’ve been guilty of saying,” God must get some enjoyment out of my life when I suffer.” When I’ve said this, I pictured a distant God who moves people around like chess pieces and then the game ends. Have you felt this before too?
Romans 8:28 reminds us:
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose(AMP).
The scripture doesn’t say all things are good that we experience, because we live in a fallen world that includes pain, disappointment, and unanswered questions. If we put our hope in a feeling or an image of a trouble-free life, we will be whisked away as soon a crisis hits. What is the answer and where is our hope?
Jeremiah 1:5 reminds us that before we were created in our mother’s womb, God selected us. Jeremiah was chosen to be a prophet to the nations. I have been selected as a servant who has a heart to see people find freedom through transparent conversations.
God had to remind me that He chose me and there are some good things He’s deposited in me that need to be shared. He has also equipped you with a flavor that can bring healing and hope to someone who needs it.
Take some time this week to ask the following questions:
God, what is my flavor?
What is inside of me that helps someone else?
What ways do you want me to use my unique flavor this week?
My flavor is unique, different and practical. What is your flavor?
I want to hear from you! Share your answer to the questions by e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stuck on a question, I’m here to serve.