Find It Only Here On Friday: Turn Here
Teddy Ott is a husband, father, teacher, prolific writer and an author.
He has written hundreds of articles, devotions, and authored several outstanding books.
Teddy has a passion to write and he writes daily. Teddy is also a leader of leaders.
Teddy has been married to his wife Kelly for 24 years.
They have four children: Andrew and his wife Laura Claire,
and Mary Beth and her husband Zach.

Teddy is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café and,
along with his wife Kelly, is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
Their Café exclusive “Turn Here” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how Encouragement Leaders
like Teddy and Kelly Ott have themselves been encouraged in their own faith recently.

In their own words… 

Kelly and I have learned that God’s kingdom work is NEVER static;
it is dynamic and changes with the needs of His sheep, and the needs of the lost.
Recently, Kelly and I were all set to plant a church in Orange Beach, Alabama,
but God stepped in and said not now turn here.

So when God calls us to turn,
we may be tempted to stay the course because of habit, preference, or even sin.
The old might be our focus, it may be convenient or comfortable as it was for Jonah,
but in the work of God’s kingdom the old that we are hanging on to is rendering itself useless.

When God say turn we turn and know that He is working it all our for our good and His glory!

Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“Turn Here”
by Teddy & Kelly Ott

When we become a child of God …

He at times might ask us to take a turn, or divert from our current path. Sometimes that turn is not automatic. Why?  Because we like the road we’re on. It’s comfortable and predictable. We know it well and what we can expect from the road ahead. The layout is familiar and we know every turn and even the bumps that cause us to struggle. We even know where the end is.

Those of us who have grown up with Baby Boomer parents understand this path.  It is a path with an education, a house and a retirement all waiting for us at the end of the journey.  However, God does not work his kingdom agenda in the belief that we all will retire and travel one day.  His kingdom goal for the end of our life is quite different from the American dream.

At the end of our life, our goal should be that we want to hear our work for God’s Kingdom was “Well done!”

In my experience, God rarely calls you and I to the familiar …

The familiar can get in the way of Kingdom work and keep us stagnate. So, to keep his children fresh He says, “Turn here!” “What?” We ask…or gasp!  That doesn’t make sense, or that looks mighty dangerous and not a very smart move.  LOL…

Jonah did this same thing and found himself in the belly of a whale hanging on to life until he sought out the Lord and turned his eyes to him. God has given His children so much to be excited about. His Spirit lives in us!  There are divine opportunities that He has called us to or laid at our feet that are about our purpose and not our comfort or as in Jonah’s case, his preference.

When God calls us to turn …

we may be tempted to stay the course because of habit, preference or even sin.

WHY WOULD WE HANG ON TO THE SAME OLD THINGS WE HAVE WHEN THE NEW HAS COME? 2 Cor. 5:17.

The old might be comfortable as it was for Jonah, but in the work of God’s kingdom it is rendering itself useless. It may have been the new at one time, or the call that God placed on our life, but God has another new assignment. God has something different that He wants to do with you.

Moses was happy not having princely responsibilities and tending sheep provided a good living for him and his family.  He was comfortable and felt that this is what God had provided for him to do since he had to escape Egypt.  However, God was growing him up in the desert.  Preparing him for a time that He would ask him to turn and go back to Egypt for His people.

We need to answer the NEW call God has placed on our lives,
accept it and not be afraid of it . . because we don’t know the end …

The rich young ruler could not sell all that he had and give it to the poor because he had accumulated the American Dream.  His sense of security was not just in the fact that he had kept the law and the commandments, but that he was a man of good reputation and wealth.  He could not give up what he had because he did not believe in Jesus enough that once he gave it all, God would return it in ways that could not be comprehended.

God’s kingdom work is NEVER static; it is dynamic and changes with the needs of His sheep, and the needs of the lost.

Acts 14:15 says, “Men, why are you doing these things?”  “We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these useless things to a living God, who made the Heaven and Earth and the Sea and all that is in them.”  We read also in I Thes. 1:19, for they themselves report about us what kind of reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living true God.

Today we need to confess those things that we have made idols (whether it is our American Dream or our fear of the unknown) in our lives for the just in case times, take them off of our shelves, out of our hearts, and take that turn God is calling us to.

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About the author : Teddy Ott

Teddy Ott

Meet Teddy Ott. Teddy is an incredible person with a heart to change the lives of others. Teddy has been married to his wife Kelly for 24 years. They have four children: Andrew and his wife Laura Claire, and Mary Beth and her husband Zach. Teddy has pastored two churches in fourteen years of ministry. Teddy wears a lot of hats. He is a husband, father, teacher, a prolific writer, and an author. He has written hundreds of articles, devotions, and authored several outstanding books. Teddy has a passion to write and he writes daily. Teddy is also a leader of leaders. He is not just a leader but a caring leader. He possesses a high level leadership quality that is a definite draw to others. Teddy believes that God’s calling extends far beyond the walls of the church as He calls us to be the church that Jesus is building. Therefore, Teddy sustains a wholehearted commitment to servicing to the Lord every place that God leads him. Teddy has earned degrees in Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Religion, A Master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a PhD in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth. His plans include writing a 4 book sequel that will inspire and empower a generation to passionately serve God and His church.

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