I have a couple questions for you. Are you teachable? If so, can your teachers come in different shades of color? Must they fall into a category of pastor or Torah scholar, priest, and popular motivational speaker or can they be anyone? Could you learn from someone who got drunk a time or two?
“Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk” (Genesis 9:20 NASB).
What about a murderer?
“Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand” (Exodus 2:12 NLT).
What about a gossip?
“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife…”( Numbers 12:1 NIV).
Have we limited our learning by shunning a group of people?
We all are on different paths. We all have callings, gifts, passions, daily struggles, and a belief system we were raised with or found along the way by our teachers. I picture us as different types of flowers growing in a field. We all have our own color, scent, and style. We all are vividly different and yet more alike than we may realize.
Once a week my husband and I try and rest. We set still and learn by listening to teachings, or we meditate on our weaknesses, our aspirations, and what we feel led to do with this life we have been given. This past Shabbat I watched Master Class and learned some valuable lessons from a man who makes movies I don’t watch, and songs I mostly don’t listen to. His name is Justin Timberlake.
Master Class is about life lessons and what you learn along the way. We all have a story and we all can learn from each other.
Lately, I have been struggling with being a woman in a man’s world. At times writing heavy teaching books is a tedious balancing act; other times it’s a labor of love. Often, I am met with encouragement, other times with perplexing curiosity and alarm. Some of the scriptures I expound on go against the grain of Christianity.
The Bible says that one day no one will need a teacher.
“And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, ‘KNOW THE LORD,’ FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM” (Hebrews 8:11 NASB).
Worrying about what people think about us can cause us to become stagnant and not finish what we were meant to do. Tonight, thanks to Justin Timberlake and my Abba Daddy, I found some more wisdom in this area.
Justin Timberlake started out on the Mickey Mouse show with a slew of others who are now famous actors and musicians. After some early success, his mother sat him down at a young age and told him, “Justin you have a gift, and because of that gift life will be harder in some ways for you because you will have to work hard at staying humble. Justin always remember that doesn’t make you better than others.”
Wise words from his mother!
One day after Justin had made it to the top, he received a call from Mick Jagger’s, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, asking him to perform with them in Toronto. This was a huge event and topping the list of performers that day were AC/DC, Rush, the Guess Who, as well as a list of other well-known rockers. Justin told the producers that he didn’t think his type of music was a fit, but Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and the rest of the band pressed him to come perform. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so he agreed.
However, when Justin took the stage that night, he was booed and met with angry beer bottles being hurled at him. Instead of walking off the stage, he continued to sing. At one point the producers were asking him in his earpiece if he wanted to stop performing. He said, “No, I am going to finish my set!” A tad later, same question. “No, I am going to finish my set!” As the crowd continued to chuck items at him and boo, he finally managed to finish. He walked off the stage and looked out at the rough crowd and sighed.
Later on, in the show, Mick Jagger’s asked him to come out on stage with them and perform a song. He tried to explain to Mick that the crowd was not into his music and that he wasn’t so sure it was a good idea, but he would do it if he were connected to Mick’s hip.
Sure enough, he came out and at one point in the clip you see a beer bottle fly right between them both barely missing Justin and Mick. Then suddenly something happens. Yes, abruptly Keith Richards walks down to the front of the stage and points at the guy who threw the last blazing bottle and says, “Throw it at me!” I dare you to throw at me %^&&^%!
The crowd mellowed out and with respect watched Justin and Mick sing a duo.
As I watched that portion of the master class, I suddenly realized that not everyone is going to like my words or agree with my melody, but I am going to FINISH MY SET and so should you! And if the crowd gets too out of hand I know one thing for sure, I will stay connected to the hip of my Savior Yeshua, and when it seems the darkest and I am met with boos and bottles, my Father, Abba Daddy will step up and protect me… “Throw it at me.”
I already have a fantastic husband, friends, and family who stand beside me and support me. How blessed I am.
I don’t know what type of flower you are. I don’t know what soil you grow best in or what scent you evoke, but I do know that not everyone is going to like you or your aroma. I love dandelions, but many people try and poison them yearly. If you were born to do something and in your gut you know it’s what you were created to do, by all means, finish your set! And if you get booed, just remember you’re in good company.
“…but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” Luke 23:21 NASB.