I talk to my popcorn.
Yes, you read that right. I said, “I talk to my popcorn.” I really do.
For health reasons, I’ve never been able to eat microwavable bag popcorn. However, I can eat just plain, air-popped popcorn—and I love it!
Now, after the popcorn kernels that were going to pop . . . popped and flew out of the air-popper machine into my bowl, something would happen that always made me jump and scared me. You’re probably thinking, “How could anyone be scared with an air-popper machine?” Well, usually, I eat popcorn when I’m working and I’m sleepy and need to stay awake. So, I’m already half out of it to begin with. So, when this used to happen, it usually scared me pretty badly—and irritated me, too.
What always made me jump was when I turned off the air popper, sometimes even unplugging it, there was always one—maybe two, but most definitely one—popcorn kernel that would pop loudly and jump out of the machine and into my bowl . . . or on the counter.
Yeah, that loud “Pop!” always made me jump, until . . .
One day, I realized that even after that loud machine was turned off, there was ALWAYS going to be one renegade popcorn kernel that popped loudly and jumped out of the machine. So, I started standing there by the machine saying, “Wait for it! Wait for it! Here it comes!” anticipating it!
Yep, just like clockwork! Out of the machine and into the bowl that popped kernel flew.
Eventually, I got amused by it and started calling it my “Renegade!”
There were several other kernels that for whatever reason never popped. Some popped a little bit, but never enough to fly out of the popper. It was almost like that one little renegade popcorn kernel said, “Man, I’m not staying in here one more second! I’m gettin’ outta here!”
Then, I got to laughing one day, thinking about it and thought, “Man, how many times have we watched while others around us were “blowing up” and flying out of their “nest” or their “containment” and into great things, while all we felt was the heat of being tossed around in the machine (of life), feeling like we were never able to escape the status quo and launch out into our awesome purpose. Their careers were blowing up, their ministries were exploding, their businesses were taking off, their . . .
You get the point?
It seemed like they were going somewhere—anywhere—but there we were just stuck in the same place, not being able to break out of mediocrity, feeling insignificant. As I thought about what was going on there, I realized that we had to have the tenacity of that last, renegade popcorn kernel! We have to have the attitude that nothing is going to keep us back! Nothing is going to hold us down and keep us from finding our purpose. We have to have that same perseverance that says, “I’m gettin’ outta here!!!”
So, go ahead! Make some noise! If you’ve been confined to one spot for a long time and you feel like you’re going nowhere or you feel like you’ve been treading on heat of hell’s flames for a while, bust out of that place where you've felt stuck!
BE A RENEGADE AND GET UP OUT OF THERE!!
YOU CAN DO IT!
YOU’RE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK!
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