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The other day I was talking to someone on the phone and she said something that really struck me. I’m not sure of the exact words, but the gist of it went something like this:
“You know, you should really get your act together before you help (with a certain ministry at church).”
At first, I didn’t know what to say. Then, I started attempting to protect myself (and my family).
Throughout the rest of the day, her words just kept popping into my head, over and over again. I know now that it was Satan’s way of making me question what we do. But, it really got me to thinking. And I was reminded of something really important . . .
God doesn’t use perfect people!
Why? Quite simply, because there aren’t any! Jesus, himself, when he was here on the earth, was accused of choosing the wrong people to spend time with. But, He continued to seek out those who were less than perfect. I think God chooses imperfect people who are willing and ready to be molded and used by Him and for Him.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. ~Isaiah 64:8
As I was contemplating the discussion, what was said, and how to overcome the thoughts in my head, I was reminded of Homeschool Mosaics and the premise behind our starting that site. When I had shared about our idea on my blog, I said:
“. . .you know what? God often uses broken people. And, He’s taken 25 broken women, and brought us together. Have you ever seen a mosaic? It starts out with a bunch of broken tiles that, in and of themselves, don’t look like much. But, when an artist combines them, something beautiful results.”
And I still believe that to be true.
If God only wanted perfect people, nothing would ever get done.
I’m about as imperfect as they come. But, if my heart is open to God and I’m willing to be used by Him and for His service, then that’s all that He wants. And, He can use even me.
Some of the people that I’ve learned the most from in life are those who may seem far from perfect. But, they aren’t afraid to share their weakness, so that God can use that to make others strong.
I hope that I can somehow encourage you today – you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be willing. You just have to be “real”.
God uses all kinds of people – let him use you. And, whether or not you have your act together is of no matter! Because, quite frankly, noone can boast having it all together, all the time. And, the people who are so quick to point out your imperfections, are probably the very ones who need to take a good long look in the mirror!
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see theplank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. ~Luke 6:42