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Chapter 7: The Truth About Potatoes

raw potatoes

REBECCA –
God taught me something about potatoes.

BIRDIE –
Yep! She was microwaving as these truths began to spill out.

REBECCA –
While my microwave was humming, and my potato was spinning inside, it came to me: Potatoes have some wonderful qualities that people should emulate!

BIRDIE –
I can hear it now- a new college leadership course: Potatoship 101.

 

REBECCA –
Like VERSATILITY!

BIRDIE –
Mashed! Fried. Baked! Scalloped. Stuffed. Dipped.

REBECCA –
The people who are the most VERSATILE are the least stressed.

versatile quote

BIRDIE –
Put them in the frying pan or the pressure cooker, the crock pot or microwave – they will adapt to the situation.

REBECCA –
Maslow identified feeling safe and secure as one of five basic human needs. But then there is that “little” thing called CHANGE he failed to mention.

BIRDIE –
Change isn’t compatible with safety and security. It is public enemy number one!

REBECCA –
Change has a way of throwing you out of the frying pan into the fire.

BIRDIE –
But as long as time exists, change will happen.

REBECCA –
You cannot prepare for change that you don’t know is going to happen, but you can prepare to be VERSATILE. Versatility is a mindset more than anything.

versatility quote

BIRDIE –
Versatility is a biblical principle, too- as seen in this shortened version of 1 Corinthians 9 (NIV):

19 Though I am free, I have made myself a slave, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel.

REBECCA –
Why was Paul VERSATILE?

BIRDIE –
Verse 32 - “For the sake of the gospel.”

REBECCA –
Think about those gadgets that fit in your pocket that when you unfold it, it has a knife, screwdriver, nail clippers, file – you name it! Depending on the situation you can pull up the correct tool.

multi tool

BIRDIE –
God has equipped us to be versatile like that, with many tools.

REBECCA –
Self-control.

BIRDIE –
Wisdom.

REBECCA –
Patience.

BIRDIE –
Uhhhh ... you might have missed that one!

REBECCA –
Kindness!

BIRDIE –
Quick-thinking.

REBECCA –
Problem-solving. This list doesn’t scratch the surface. We have all the tools needed to handle whatever situation we find ourselves.

BIRDIE –
Expect change. But prepare to be versatile – like the potato!

REBECCA –
Secondly, the potato has the ability to come out of every situation better than it went into it.

BIRDIE –
Not bitter, but better!

REBECCA –
We can, too. It’s a choice.

BIRDIE –
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I started chemo and was told I would lose all my hair within a month. I began to agonize over it. I dreaded it. I cried over it.
One day Rebecca looked at me and said, “Cancer isn’t going to TAKE your hair! You’re gonna GIVE it! You’re gonna make some little child’s life better by GIVING your hair to Locks of Love.”

Over the next couple of weeks, I quit thinking or saying that I was LOSING my hair because now I was GIVING it.

REBECCA –
PERSPECTIVE is EVERYTHING.

perspective quote

BIRDIE –
I had to take the strong position of control rather than the weak position of being the victim. Control isn’t so much a matter of power. Control is in your mind.

REBECCA –
Think: How can I use this situation I am in to create GOOD?

BIRDIE –
Like the ole potato, always try to come out of the frying pan smelling good!

REBECCA –
Third, a potato has lots of eyes – but NO MOUTH!

potato eyes

BIRDIE –
Isn’t that a novel idea?

REBECCA –
If we could see and understand BEFORE we open our mouths, it would change so many things.
We say “Yes!” before count the cost.
We say “No!” before we understand the need.
We are so eager to open our mouths that we don’t take time to see the whole picture.

BIRDIE –
Now, next time you take out a Potato, maybe it won’t just make you a delicious meal. Maybe it will make you a better person!
And, my friend, that’ll preach!

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Let's be honest (Applying truth to real life):

  1. List the problematic situations in your life.
  2. Now list some ways you can be versatile and adapt to make the situations less problematic.
  3. List the circumstances that have occurred in your life that have or have the potential to leave you burnt.
  4. Now list some ways you can change your perspective and turn the circumstance to good.
  5. Think of some situations in which you might have run your mouth before you saw the whole picture.
  6. List some situations in your life now in which you are assuming you understand the whole picture but haven’t taken time to really see.
  7. Vow to close your mouth and open your eyes.

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