I had a mentor of mine tell me the other day, You have a gift. You can make chicken salad out of chicken shit.
My response was laughter and flattery, because truly I’ve never received a compliment like that before. I then told her I liked that saying more than making lemonade out of lemons. It had more character to it. To that, she responded,
Well, lemons aren’t bad to begin with, but no one likes chicken shit.
You can’t argue with that, people.
I think, if there was a verse in Scripture that were to align with this, it would be Genesis 50:20:
You planned evil against me, but God planned it for good to bring about the present result – the survival of many people.
Here, Joseph is speaking to his brothers, you know, the ones that threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery and stuff, and he is forgiving them and showing them comfort and kindness.
I’ve been thinking about that a lot as I just wrote a post about imperfect circumstances the other day that was featured on my girl Courtney Wetzel’s site, which you can check out here.
I think about Joseph and how he was not dealt the best set of cards. Again, his brothers legit sold him into slavery where he was kept for YEARS. But Joseph was faithful. Wherever he was, he believed that The Lord was with him, and he made things better.
And as he remained faithful with what he WAS given, he was granted more responsibility. Talk about some serious chicken shit. Even when he was thrown in prison, he was others-focused and tried to care for people and make the best of a bad circumstance.
The life of Joseph can teach us so much about remaining faithful in the midst of a difficult situation and what God can do to bring life and goodness out of a hard circumstance if we remain faithful and others-focused.
Yes, I’m very flattered that I can make chicken salad out of chicken shit, but more than that, my hope in sharing this with you is to show you that you, too, have this potential. I want you to think about what hard stuff you’re facing today and how you might be able to view it from a different perspective. At the very least, it always helps to take our minds off ourselves and to focus on others in a difficult season.
So, how can you serve someone their daily portion of chicken salad today?