Excuses

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10 

There are so many excuses I could've used to hold back and not serve God, but none of them were good enough to miss God's best.  Just the fact that I paid for an abortion could've kept me on the sidelines rather than preaching God's truth.  Despite that horrific ordeal, God has allowed me to speak at Crisis Pregnancy centers and help them raise millions of dollars during the past ten years.  What a blessing it's been for me to be used in that way. 

Because I have failed in so many ways, God gets all the glory for anything that comes out of my life that's worth mentioning.  So no matter what comes my way, if God can still use me, as embarrassing and humbling as it might be, I want to be used for Him.  I want the same for you.  God can use you…imperfections and all. 

"Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle." 
- James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.