October 2021

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Gò0dNews for Women

Christian Roles

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by Leah Hadder

ut the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t be

was “never enough,” to chat with someone who ironically

impressed by his appearance or his height, for

thought I was—for she had plenty of other conversations to

I have rejected him. God does not view things

schedule, yet chose to speak to me that hour. Surprisingly,

the way people do. People look on the outward appearance,

I beforehand only reflected on the fact that I had not won

but the Lord looks at the heart’” (1 Samuel 16:7, NET).

what she had, though God revealed to me that He certainly

I scheduled my entire day around this one meeting. Nervously standing in front of a mirror, my hands shook as

connected a winner to a winner. Sometimes in life, we may so desperately want to do

I rehearsed different scenarios of what I should say and how

what another has done or “walk in their shoes.” Yet, God

to react when greeting her face to face, or in this case, screen

may use us not as the star quarterback but the coach, the producer and not the singer, the professor and not the honor graduate, the mentor and not the mentee, and in my case, the interviewer and not the interviewee. Yet, our roles, even when not spotlighted, are always important to reach others for God’s kingdom. I wonder if the prophet Samuel once desired to become king. I wonder if he ever dreamt of being a royal figure or wearing expensive attire. What if he as a young man had, even for a second, wished to be a person of “crowned” influence and power? Yet, Samuel upheld a magnificent honor, anointing one of the greatest kings of Israel:

to screen. I had the opportunity of a lifetime—getting to interview someone as famous as she. In a few hours, I would finally be able to sit and speak to someone about their experience of achieving a specific goal

“So, Samuel took the horn full of olive oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers. The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day onward” (1 Samuel 16:13, NET). Never diminish the role God has called you to fulfill

that I had wanted to. As life unfolded and my childhood

in this season. I was not a loser because I was not her, I

dream did not happen, God allowed for this moment to

was a winner because I was answering the call God had

manifest. Little did I know, He had this incredible way of

specifically given to me. The devil consistently tells us to

showing me a valuable lesson—He utilizes people of all gifts

compare our assignments to another’s, though fulfilling

and roles for His glory.

our Christian roles is not competition. It is bringing Him

Even though it was not in His plan for me to have

glory and uniting Believers.

timing, a chance for me, who was consistently told that I

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About The Author

done what she did, He designed and orchestrated in His Leah Hadder is a speaker, writer, and podcast host. She attends Living Word Church in Cleveland, Tennessee. Contact Leah at www.leahhadder.org.