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An Unlikely Candidate

Recently a friend asked me to do something and she told me that God told her to use me. If she were standing in front of me, surely she would have been given the side eye, neckroll, folded arms, lip smack with a loud foot stomp. I tried to laugh it off because I knew that surely God wasn’t using me to do anything. Either she was wrong or God surely hadn’t been paying attention. I think I have been to church two times this year (more if you count my attendance via streamingfaith.com) and I know that my sporadic opening and closing of the Bible couldn’t count for true study of the Word. I do the occasional fast and have talked “about Him” a lot but I only talk “to Him” on occasion. While I yearn for a closer relationship with God our current casual encounters would not make me the likely candidate…or so I thought.

In the midst of belittling myself and coming up with all of the excuses of why He couldn’t have picked this mediocre Christian, the spirit reminded me:  God often uses UNLIKELY people to carry out His will and draw them closer to Him!

Joshua 2:1 reveals “Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there. Of all of the people that God could have chosen to use as a vessel for this huge undertaking, God chose a WHORE. Imagine that! I am sure there were other people in Jericho who would have allowed the men to secretly lodge with them as they planned to overtake the city; but, God chose Rahab and in return for her cooperation and faith her and her family’s lives were spared in the destruction of the city.

Saul of Tarsus hated Christians. Acts 8:3 “Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.” As a matter of fact, he hated Christians so much that he learned about their Christian friends in Damascus by somehow getting the letters they were writing to them in prison. Being the over zealous persecutor that he was, Saul journeyed to Damascus to round up more Christians for prison; however on this trip God had a different purpose. Acts 9 reveals Saul’s total transformation. Jesus met Saul on his journey and confronted him directly “Saul, Saul why do you prosecute me?” After meeting Jesus on his journey, Saul began to sing a different tune. The Lord blinded him and sent him into the city leaving instructions with Ananias. Responding to Ananias’ doubts of Saul’s transformation, God spoke to him in Acts 9:15 “But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.” Saul later changed his name to Paul and went from Christian persecutor to Christian missionary.  Paul went on to write 13 books of the New Testament (Romans, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus and Philemon) I am sure that Paul, when reflecting on his life, found it remarkable that God would choose him with his shady past to now spread the gospel and save souls.

There are many “unlikely” candidate stories in the Bible; but as I reflected on these two I realized that this task could be my opportunity to do God’s will and in the process become more than just an associate with Him. It had less to do with the task and more about developing our own personal relationship. It would require that I study the word, pray, manage my time and have the ability to relay the knowledge He gives me to others. For many this is an easy task; however, my haphazard approach to my spiritual life would have to be restructured. To do this task we would have to spend time together. My task was to write you an EmpowerMoment.

Although I was initially discouraged, I thought about my life and my accomplishments. I have always been the “unlikely candidate.” A mother with mental illness, brothers incarcerated and on drugs, welfare recipient the list can go on but through it all God sustained me while chaos went on all around me. According to the worlds statistics I should have been a teenage mom or at least a high school dropout but God’s plan for my life was different. I was the “unlikely candidate” that graduated from high school, college, got a Masters degree in Civil Engineering, ran a multi-million dollar organization, got a great job (QUIT!) and am now co-CEO of a company. My “unlikely candidate” testimony probably makes me one of the BEST candidates. Who am I to doubt God?

Throughout our lives God often taps us on the shoulder for “special” assignments; but we allow our personal insecurities to hinder us from carrying out His will. “Lord why me?” is the question we often ask. The larger question you should ask is  “Lord why not me?” God is our biggest cheerleader; He wouldn’t give us an assignment without the ability to complete it.  Romans 8:30 proclaims “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”  You may be on the flip side of this message. Maybe God has sent an “unlikely candidate” to you with a message but you didn’t receive it because she was dressed like Rahab or their Christian resume wasn’t strong enough. Whatever side of the table you are sitting on know that God picks and chooses His own instruments. Don’t allow your personal insecurities or doubts about the messenger cause you to miss out on what God has preordained for YOU.

 Dear Daddy,

 Help me to recognize the divine assignments You have given me in my life. Cast out any spirits of confusion or doubt that would make me believe that I am not equipped to carry out Your will. Encourage my soul and give me a spirit of discernment so that I can recognize the messages that You have for me even when they don’t come in the package I’m expecting. Lord continue to increase my faith and order my steps according to Your word. Allow me to draw closer to You and use me as a vessel to bless others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today EMPOWER yourself by making a conscious decision to do something that God has been tapping you on the shoulder to do. Whether it’s to speak to someone you haven’t spoke to in years or to take your life in a totally different direction, JUST DO IT! He’s ready, He’s waiting on YOU!

Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Atlanta, GA and is an entrepreneur as she is  the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister,  friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philipians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

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16 thoughts on “An Unlikely Candidate”

  1. Chancee, this is off the chain. You are indeed the ideal candidate for God’s purpose. Your post spoke life to me and it spoke volumes to our insecurities in Christ, I’ll be texting you.

    1. Kay as I told you this AM I appreciate your words of encouragement. Hopefully this blog will help someone step out of their comfort zone and do what God has called them to do.

    1. Stop singing! Who said I was a nobody??!!! you taking this too far 🙂 LOL! Girl I love you too! Thanks for being obedient and following God’s instructions to ask me. Toodles…

      1. I just had to laugh because I can hear you all saying this!! EmpowerMe, thank you for being obedient, I have been blessed all week.

  2. ASTOUNDING!! Chancee this could not have been said better if the most “obedient” servant had tried delivering this message himself. There is favor in famine and my dear THANK YOU for inspiring me!

  3. Soror Chancee’ you left me in tears. Let me tell you how on time this is…I just went to a women’s revival on Sunday and Monday night in Maryland at my church home Ebenezer AME. The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Showell stated how God is going to use unlikely people from unlikely places to bless you. I thought of all the people that I have come across, some I’m dealing with and thought to myself (how can they bless me, if anything I think they are against me). Now I know she was also speaking of people like you. I’ve always admired you and learned more about the woman that you are through this post. God is in You Soror and my God this blog has helped me. So today I will open up my heart to those who may even see themselves as unlikely, even though I never did and even to those that may be like the Rahab’s and Gentiles. Again I say thank you for this soror…you confirmed the message I just received the other night. To God Be the Glory!

    1. Woohoo Serena! I don’t know Dr. Carolyn and I certainly wasn’t at your church in Maryland this week; however, I do know that sometimes God delivers the SAME message from different people so that he can get it through your thick head. 🙂 Listen to him and to those he sends to you. You have been a blessing to me every since I met you at MDA. I have followed your poetry, your story and have been moved by you. I am expecting GREAT things from you…soon to be MOMMY!

  4. Thanks Karitsa, Lacheryle, LaKeshia, and Lisa may God continue to bless me and all of you through this blog. Pray for the ladies who write it so that we can continue to feed the needs of women all over the world. Love ya!

  5. OUTSTANDING WORD, Ms. Lundy!!! Continue let the Father use you!! You have been an inspiration to me for some years now and I see that nothing has changed! I am in awe of God’s power yet again. To God be the glory for the things He has done and is doing!!

    XOXO

  6. Chanceé. Girl, this was amazing. I was thinking of some things along the same lines this morning – how my attitude towards a current situation could stand change considering God didn’t place me in it to fail nor would He leave me to do so. Reading your post was further confirmation, and I truly thank you for allowing yourself to be used by Him. What an amazing empowermoment!

  7. Chancee, this is from your Aunt Iva, who have witnessed first hand your troubles and your triumphs. God, is the strategic force and the leader to success and equilibrium of a steady balance in life. I share your pain and joys in the accomplishments that you have so humbly acquired through striving to make a difference in humanity; even though it is not easy, but just keep putting God first and start your day with his word. Truly, your words were very sincere and encouraging for those who don,t have the courage to say or discuss certain topics that you have displayed such as mental illness, which is growing in leaps and bounds in America and has no room for shame or the closet, it needs to be addressed and dealt with head on, so that the proper and correct treatment can be administered to the individual, thereby allowing them to live as fully a life as before or as can be depending on the type of mental illness occuring. Love You, and keep-up the good work.

    1. Iva thanks so much. Your encouraging words mean a lot to me. I really appreciate you reading this blog. My Wednesday writings give me a chance to express myself in ways that I probably never would have. Love you!

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