this year i’ve just got into joyce meyer. seriously up till now i havent read any of her stuff or being interested in her at all. maybe catch a bit of her radio show if i was out and about and it happened to come on. but this year she has been a gift to me that i can pass onto others. she has such practical wisdom about life and dealing with emotions and overcoming. i have passed on her books to several people in our housegroup. what a gift she is. someone once commented on a quote i posted from her on my fb wall that she is a milk minister and i disagree with that. such information and revelation is soooo helpful for some people in their walk with God and character formation and overcoming. i think she knows who she IS and what she is called to do. she preaches faithfully the message and the mandate God has given her. and lives are being changed. i totally admire this woman, i love that she is stepping out there and being faithful to her call.
so interested to read this today by Steven Furtick and so agree in the overall premise – be YOURSELF not a carbon copy of anyone else. be who God has called YOU to be, not what someone is called to be. and recognize that you’re on a journey and that God shapes us and transforms us and that His promise is to complete the good work He has begun in us.
a woman was telling me the other day how she used to want to be Joyce Meyer. She fantasized about how exhilarating it would be to minister to all those people.
But since she said she used to want to be Joyce, I had to ask:
“Why don’t you want to be Joyce anymore?”
It was because she analyzed the story behind the glory, and realized:
1. Joyce has a gift that is supernatural, and an anointing that is irreproducible.
2. Therefore, attempting to do what Joyce does without having the divine empowerment Joyce has would be like hobbling around with the king’s XXL armor when you really need a shepherd’s sling. Other people’s armor doesn’t protect you, it paralyzes you.
3. Anointing oil is produced through pressure. Joyce Meyer’s ministry of worldwide compassion flows largely from her own personal pain of childhood sexual abuse, and the dysfunction that consumed the beginning of her adult life. To covet the oil but avoid the pressure is like mastering Guitar Hero, and signing your name Jimi Hendrix on all your correspondence. It’s called make believe, not Christ like ambition.
4. Joyce Meyer’s life is full of blessing. It’s also full of immense burden. It’s chock full of rewards. It’s even heavier laden with responsibilities. To want the blessing without considering the burden is shortsighted at best, and self destructive, ultimately. A blessing can be a burden if you’re not destined and prepared to receive it.
It’s refreshing when you have a conversation with someone who used to want to be what she was never meant to be, but left that illusion behind to become a bonafide best version of herself the world has ever seen.