And I don’t mean “Gentlemen’s Quarterly”!!
A few days ago as I was brushing my teeth, I sensed the Lord beside me. Yes, he has the freedom to accompany me anywhere, even to the bathroom sink! The day before, I’d gone through some papers and letters of recommendation, and I know that (this is not bragging, believe me) it’s been hard for me to be an intelligent woman. No, it’s not hard to be intelligent, just hard to be an intelligent woman. In our culture you almost feel like you have to hide your brain or analytical side to keep from scaring people (men in particular,for whatever reason) away. I flat-out know that God created my brain, and my two intelligent sons’ as well, for his Kingdom purposes and reasons. But I also know, and he reaffirmed it the other morning over the sink, that what truly matters is my/your/our GQ: “God Quotient” – my/your willingness to let God’s Holy Spirit come in and “clean house” inside me/you/us and through me/you/us. In short, my GQ measures whether and how much I allow my Creator God into my God-created life, both men and women.
Several years ago I told an usher at a church that I was glad to be in a genuine, truth telling church where I knew God could “mess with me” and speak his correction, guidance, re-focusing and priorities in my inner life.
One wonderful truth about GQ above IQ is that it pretty much ends both superiority and resentment AND silences feeling inadequate when we realize – when I/you know – that I am/you are more than “acceptable” to God when you’re his through Jesus. And so is every other Believer! In fact, you’re cherished and treasured! I guess Jesus wanted me to know this, and perhaps wants you to know, too, that he loves you and values you for your heart willingness to open the door of your life to all of him within you.
Tuesday night a young woman I’ve never met, an intercessor in a Healing Room, heard and wrote this before we met: “Here, now, is the face-off and you alone were chosen, hand-picked, to be the one to take this stand and fight. But the battle will not be won through effort or strife. It is going to be won through the peace of God reigning in your heart and mind, and from there, spreading to every situation around you.”
In other words, “God’s got this. All you have to do is let God be God.” I pray I can truly rest in Him. That, I think, would raise my GQ to the place where I truly want it to be. GQ beats IQ any day! Lord, lovingly, mercifully, increase in me!