Who Me? Couldn’t be!

Stealing Cookie

Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?

Who me?

Yeah you!

Couldn’t be!

Then who?

Did YOU take the cookie from cookie jar?

When I was ten years old I played that game around a camp fire as I sat upon my sun colored “sit upon”. Thirty plus pre-teen girl scouts and I enjoyed keeping our derrieres’ clean while we made merry around the flame.

Funny, I still play the same game despite the fact that I’m older now (*ahem much older). Come to think of it, maybe it’s not so funny.

“Surely you don’t mean me Lord?”

  • That’s not my calling.
  • I don’t have time.
  • She’s so much better at it.

Time is a hard-nosed teacher that initially you’re certain has no heart. Eventually you realize God uses her to employ instruction because He deeply wants the best for you. Oh, how I have learned.

“Sorry No. That’s not my calling Lord.”

Months later I realize He wasn’t asking me to embark on a Lawrence-of-Arabia caliber pilgrimage. Nope. It was me who rationalized His simple request into a calling. All He wanted me to do was contact her. Ask her to church. Introduce her to the friend who would eventually become her life-long mentor.

In the end…I missed out.

“Sorry No. I don’t have time.”

Years later I’m caught in the vortex of an out-of-control, all consuming crisis. I can’t help but wonder if I’d invested a fraction of the time earlier if I’d be in the same seemingly impossible scenario.

In the end…I missed out.

“She’s so much better at it”.

Before I know it a virtual lifetime has passed by and I realize that she may not necessarily be better at it.  What she was——– was willing.

In the end…I missed out.

But there’s good news!

The next time He asks, I can choose to look straight into the eyes of the one who loves me as opposed to looking over my shoulder and wondering if He means someone else.

I can say yes to the dress.

I can trust that He’s big enough to handle whatever the request requires.

I can know to the bone that “yes” to Him is also “yes” to me because He always wants what is best for me.

Friend, if this post causes you to look back and feel pricked with regret please don’t stay there. Be a DoAhead Woman. Look ahead. Look to the future. He’s calling you. Yes you.

And it is glorious.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Phillipians 1:6

Grateful to link up with Suzie Eller and the #livefree community today!

Your DoAhead Friend,



  1. Oh my, it’s been years since I played the “cookie jar” game with my friends! But there are times when I’ve delayed my obedience as I’ve answered in the same way, “Who me?” I want to respond with this same heart tho, “The next time He asks, I can choose to look straight into the eyes of the one who loves me as opposed to looking over my shoulder and wondering if He means someone else.” It does feel like He is looking straight into our eyes when He asks, doesn’t it? Thank you for these encouraging words! I’m your neighbor over at #LiveFree today. –Blessings!

  2. I love that there is GOOD NEWS after all my missed opportunities and excuses 🙂

  3. Amen, Cindy!! It’s never too late and God is calling after every single one of us. He has a unique purpose for every woman and He wants to fulfill it! I’m so thankful that we can rest in this truth and trust Him to do the work in us as we remain faithful to His leading. <3

  4. Recently I’ve been sensing God calling me to work with the elderly. That scares me! I have most definitely said “Who me?” “Couldn’t be!” As a teacher, I’ve always worked with young children…..my comfort zone! Alas, I know I’ve already missed out on God’s gifts of opportunity. Thank you for your words to encourage me to be open and willing to step into what God has waiting! Cindy

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