DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than…Your Favorite Frying Pan

I’ve this great little frying pan that makes the best fried eggs.  They cook even and they flip easy because the pan is coated.  I also like making omelets or any kind of sauce or gray in this pan.  But it’s not a good pan for bacon because the strips are too long.   And there’s something about it’s special coating that makes it lousy for browning meat.  It’s still my favorite frying pan but it’s not made to do everything. 

If I saw a pan that said it was “all purpose”, I’d get a little suspicious.  Maybe the pan has been designed to be good at most things but wouldn’t it be better to have a pan that excels at just the thing you want to cook?  I’d rather have one pan that’s great at frying eggs, another specifically for browning meat and of course, you need a good pan just for cooking stir-fry.

God designed people a lot like I would design frying pans.  God didn’t make ANY “all purpose” people.  God made each of us with a specific purpose in mind.   It’s not a mistakes that you are good at some things and lousy at others.  When God sat down and decided to create the perfect you, He made you EXACTLY the way you are suppose to be: complete with strengths and weaknesses.  I Corinthians 12:18 explains God’s intention for each part of the body of Christ.  Listen to what it says: “… in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”  You really are made exactly the way God intended. 

Problems comes when you think you are made to do all things instead of the specific things God designed you to do.  If you’re like me, the temptation to take on more than I should usually comes from my own good intentions like:

“It won’t get done if I don’t do it.”

“No one else came forward and it needs to be done.”

AND of course the famous reason for taking on too much…

“I just couldn’t say no.”

Next thing you know you are way over your head and nothing is getting done well.  It’s like being an egg pan but someone slapped a 4 pound roast in you to cook.  I suppose eventually, the roast would get cooked but would anyone want to eat it?  Not to mention the dents and scrapes the pan endured because an egg pan was not designed to cook pot roasts.  The hard thing to remember is that God designed the perfect pot roast pan and it’s not you!  You are a lousy pot roast pan.  But you are the PERFECT egg pan!

Trust me on this.  I speak from experience.  Go and make the most magnificent eggs the kingdom of God has ever seen and leave the pot roast to the other pan that’s designed entirely different from you.  Take the time to acknowledge both your strengths and your weaknesses that were given to you by God.  Then seize your strengths and focus on the things God has designed you to do.  You’ll be glad you did.

Do you ever get frustrated trying to figure out what God has designed for you to do?  What advice would you give someone trying to find their strengths?  What advice would you give to someone having problems saying “no?”  Love to hear your comments…

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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