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Topic: Employment (01/26/12)
- TITLE: Who Would Hire Katie
By Lillian Rhoades
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Katie would never pass a beauty contest, or bring a crowd to their feet with great oratory.
She has no time for hair dyes, highlighters, or eye liners. Her executive experience consists of meal planning, juggling work with soccer, homework, shopping, cooking, and finding time to sleep.
She would never have a fan club, or crowds crushing to touch her hand. Her autograph is only important to her bank, her friends, and the clerk who hands her a slip to sign whenever she swipes her credit card.
She stutters and sputters with under-developed debating skills, and always finds herself at the losing end of every argument.
When she decides to speak her mind, no one hears it because thoughts can’t be heard. If you’re looking for someone who has shoes of every color and hats to match every outfit, make a U-turn, you’re lost, because quite often Katie wears brown with black.
She wears flannels to bed instead of silk. She’s her own best manicurist, and splurges at the dollar store.
Her favorite food is peanut butter. Caviar and lobster are served outside her world. She’d pour wine into an orange juice glass if given half a chance; and a plastic one at that.
So, who would hire a plain Jane like Katie who acts like a wilted wall flower, dresses as one who is color blind, prefers peanut butter to lobster, and wins every debate when arguing with a stone?
We only have to go as far as Genesis 29 and the story of Leah and Jacob to discover that God hires plain Janes and ordinary Joes.
Tradition has it that perhaps Leah was cross-eyed. Whatever shortcomings she had, it was clear that she certainly couldn’t hold a candle to her younger sister Rachel, who was Jacob’s choice.
After many years of working and waiting to marry the beautiful Rachel, Jacob awoke from a drunken stupor one morning and found he had been given Leah instead. Instantly, he wanted to tell her, “You’re fired.” But God had other plans. He “hired” Leah, the unwanted one, to bear a son who would be the earthly ancestor of Jesus Christ, while Rachel whom Jacob also eventually married, remained childless for many years.
When we read about Leah, we catch a glimpse of God’s hiring practices and principles. In real life the employment process is a matter of separating the best from the rest, and the best man with the most impressive qualifications prevails.
With God, all applications for service are accepted without exception. He hires some as missionaries, pastors, Moms, Dads, nurses, doctors, the list is endless. Everyday He’s searching for ordinary people who will spread the Good News to those who need to hear it. If we’re willing to accept the job, then He’s willing to give it to us regardless of who we are.
Who would hire Katie, Leah, or any of us who feel we may not be the best person for the job by earthly standards? God would and always will.
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