Have you ever used the phrase, “I’m not qualified” or something similar? Maybe it’s “I can’t do that”, “I’ve never done that”, or “I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to that”. Sure you have, we all have. Many times that is an appropriate answer, but sometimes it’s simply not.
I like photography, it’s one of my hobbies, and I feel I’m actually pretty good at it. I mean, I’m not National Geographic material, but I do understand what makes a good photo. I’ll never forget years ago someone asking me to shoot their wedding. I considered it for about 1-second and kindly said no. My response was, “I’m not qualified”. Sure I can shoot great pictures of flowers, kids, and sunsets, but all those things are easily replicated should something go wrong. If my battery goes dead on a wedding day, I can’t simply ask everyone to come back tomorrow for a redo.
The example above is very similar to why we here at Run for God do not have our own race timing system. By the numbers, it makes pretty good sense for us to make that investment, but we don’t. The reason is the same reason that I will not photograph a wedding. We need people who are qualified and specialize in the area of timing, people who do it every weekend and are known for getting it right, because just like that wedding, we can’t ask everyone to come back tomorrow to run that race.
Now I would argue that the answer, “I’m not qualified” is the correct answer to the scenarios above. But when is the answer, “I’m not qualified” misplaced? When it’s God calling!
When is the answer, “I’m not qualified” misplaced? When it’s God calling!
Almost eight years ago God made a request of me that initially I dismissed. He was very clearly prompting me to start a running ministry. Number one, I wasn’t a minister. Number two; I wasn’t even that good of a runner. I mean there’s no way that a marginal runner who doesn’t know the Bible like he should, would ever be asked by God to start a running ministry. In my mind, God had tapped the wrong person for this job because obviously, “I’m not qualified”.
Think about this. Matthew was a tax collector, a pretty “worldly” job in those days. He went on to become the author of the first book in the New Testament. Peter was a fisherman, and went on to become the rock on which Jesus built the church. Paul was a persecutor of Christians, killing them just for being who they were. He went on to be one of the greatest Ambassadors of the faith authoring over a dozen books of the Bible.
God wants us to answer His call in any situation. “I’m not qualified” is never an acceptable answer. Many times God will use those who are not qualified, by worldly standards, to do great things, so that there is no other explanation for what happened than Him. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Even in our salvation, God calls us when we are not qualified.
Today, God may be calling you to do something that sounds crazy, something you may not be qualified for. Believe me, I get it. I’ve been there, and it seems as though God has me there often. But the only correct answer is, “Yes God”. It may be something as simple as talking to a coworker about Jesus, or going on a mission trip. Maybe it’s something a little more complicated like making a drastic life change because you know it’s what God wants.
Eight years ago God called me to start a running ministry. I felt inadequate, but I stepped outside my comfort zone. The result is Run for God. The credit can never come to myself, Holly, or any of our staff. The credit can only go to God, and to what He can do through someone who simply says, “I’m willing”.
Have a great day everyone!