Perish the thought of ever being a “hot chick”… Please forgive me, but when I hear the word “chick”, because of this lovely world in which we live, that caliente phrase whips around in my little brain.
So, I’d love to introduce you to a fun, positive phrase, for you girls out there. Did you know we may also be known as “God Chicks”? There’s a great book by Holly Wagner with that very title: God Chicks—Living Life as a 21st Century Woman.
Thankfully Holly clarifies the title: “The reason I’m using the term chick is not to be disrespectful, but to have a little fun! So c’mon, you amazing God Chick. Open your heart to a picture of the woman you were created to be!”
Last week while celebrating Easter, oh and I pray you celebrated “He is risen!” (Click here for more on “He is risen!”, Jesus’ resurrection), you may have seen little Easter chicks for décor. Or, I know some folks who hatch live chicks this time of year. Cute, little fuzzy critters…who blossom into big ole’ hens. Good eggs, bad rap. I digress…
Let’s return to “God Chicks”. Holly gives us several kinds of chicks, all of which are empowering. The one we’ll focus on today is the “Just-B-U” Chick.
One of my pet peeves, and quite honestly, struggles, is the turbulent trap of comparison. I inevitably compare myself with the “chick next door”, or the “chick next to me at the checkout”, or the “chick on TV”, and by all means run-Forrest-run from magazine covers!
Holly’s prescription for comparison? The “Just-B-U” chick! She reminds us, “We will only be effective when we are being ourselves…We spend valuable time wishing we were like someone else, and all the time we have our own treasures inside us…just waiting to be discovered.”
Edwin Elliot said, “By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before!” Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, and I know that full well.”
Holly adds, “Together we will do awesome things for our God, but only if we encourage each other as we fulfill our unique purposes rather than tear each other down by being jealous.”
One recent experience highlights this point perfectly. Last summer, I was blessed to team-teach with two other very seasoned Bible study teachers, Jane Chilton and Nancy Tinnell. Jane is a long-time dear friend and mentor of mine. Nancy is a new, dear friend and mentor, and, may I go so far as to say a guardian angel to many of us in a multitude of ways!!!
By some miracle, and by blind belief on Nancy’s part (!), the three of us connected, prayed, and planned a six-week Bible study. (I fully believe, after the fact, this was a divine appointment.) We studied Liz Curtis Higgs’ book, The Girl’s Still Got It—Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World. (If you go online to Liz’ website, www.lizcurtishiggs.com, you can read her blog about her Bible study on the Book of Ruth.)
Being the rookie in this trio has its’ benefits: I got to watch and soak in a boatload of wisdom. (This was my first time ever to teach a Bible study!) Our planning meetings were rich. Nancy has this uncanny God-given talent to hone in on a theme to share with our attendees. She literally came up with one word or character trait per chapter of Liz’ twelve chapter book! She kept us focused and on-track. She uses beautiful phrases such as “canopy of grace” that melt your heart.
Jane has also taught Bible studies for years. She first taught Bible Study Fellowship (www.bsfinternational.org ) and later taught at Southeast Christian Church. I was blessed to sit under her teaching for several semesters. She also has an uncanny God-given talent: she brings to the table unforgettable visuals which clearly tie in a teaching point to apply to your life. She pushes you to savor God’s Word beyond your brain, to let it dwell in your heart and pour out onto others.
These gals encouraged me to just be myself. Perhaps I was the comic relief of the bunch…. Even more comical, was how much I prayed the same thing over and over to the Lord. Can’t we all shout hallelujah that He never tires of hearing from us?
James 4:8 in the New King James Version reminds us, “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” We praise you Lord.
Being pushed way out of one’s comfort zone isn’t the worst thing in the world. Ann Voskamp recently said, “God takes you out of your comfort zone because THAT’S where you meet The Comforter.”
I pray you’ll seriously grasp Holly Wagner’s concept of a Just-B-U Chick. (And this is just one of eight different chicks she teaches about! More on the others in another post or two or seven!) The Just-B-U chick encourages all of us to use our gifts to share with others. Quit comparing yourself to others! It does no one any good. At all.
My small group of Bible study buddies is beginning an awesome study written by Tammy Head. It’s called Duty or Delight? Knowing Where You Stand with God.
Already in week 2, Tammy addresses the comparison trap. She says, “If God isn’t the inspiration for doing what we do, let’s abandon those man-made expectations and run to the cross. What we’re ultimately looking for is approval, and because Jesus offered His life for us, we already have it.” Just-B-U!!!
“Never forget…your value…far above rubies and pearls.” (Adapted from Proverbs 31:10)
To close, may I ask you to pray a long-term prayer request? And may it double as something ultra worthwhile to pray about adding to your calendar? (Click on “But I don’t have time for a Bible study”… if you have any doubts…)
Guess what? My friends I told you about earlier, Jane and Nancy….well, WE have just had another planning meeting. Watch out!
Exciting news!!! We will be offering a Fall Bible study. (Thence the long-term prayer request.) Please pray for all details to come together and for those of you close to Louisville to come and study with us at Middletown United Methodist Church (www.Middletownumc.org. If you have questions, please call Kelly McDonald at 502-245-8839)!!!
Even better news: EVERYONE’S invited! While you’re praying, ask the Lord who He would have you invite.
Tentative timing for the Bible study will run from mid-September until mid-November on Tuesdays. We’ll be studying Liz Curtis Higgs’ updated edition of Bad Girls of the Bible–and What We Can Learn from Them which has a brand-new, chapter-by-chapter Bible study video taught by Liz.
Oh my, we are ALL in for a treat! And, like last year, Liz will come visit and speak in one of our morning classes and one of our night classes! You do not want to miss this opportunity! (Her book releases July 16th.)
I pray we can all be a Just-B-U chick every day. Remember John Piper’s infamous quote, “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.” That is: in our own skin, not someone else’s.
Jeremiah 1:5 adds confirmation to our uniqueness: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”
Blessings to you this spring day. Just-B-U!
‘Til next time!
(This post is dedicated to my two teaching buddies: Jane Chilton and Nancy Tinnell. I’m honored and forever grateful to have been a part of last summer’s study and now, this upcoming one for fall. Y’all keep me challenged! I need to stay on my knees, and for that, I’m forever grateful. May God bless you and continue to give you His guidance to lead me and soooo many others. )