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  October 28, 2014:  How can God possibly use me when I'm so broken?
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  Romans 12:3 ďFor I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.Ē

Itís been my experience that people who show up in the rooms of AA, CR, Alanon or any other ďself-helpĒ group fall into two broad categories. Some believe they are not responsible for anything thatís wrong in their lives while others think they are to blame for everything. Some are unrealistic and grandiose about what they can and will do. Others donít think they are capable of doing anything. How sad.

Living with a prodigal can do some serious damage to our self-esteem, but we donít need to add to that by beating up on ourselves. Convincing ourselves that we are the worst, the least capable, and the least adequate isnít only destructive, but it is also categorically untrue.

Do you remember the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000? As usual, multitudes followed Jesus; now it was evening and there was no food. I can almost see the bewilderment on the disciplesí faces when Jesus told them to feed that crowd. We arenít talking about adding some water to the soup because there wasnít any soup! What were they to do?

They had nothing except two fish and five little barley loaves. And while all four gospels relate the story,
John 6:9 tells us they didnít even have thatÖthat fish and bread came from a young boy. No wonder His disciples asked, ďÖbut what are they among so many?Ē You know the story. Jesus took what that boy had, blessed it and performed a miracle.

You see, it isnít what he had to give to that matteredÖitís that he was willing to give it. What we have in and of ourselves isnít ever going to ďbe enoughĒ if we are measuring it through human eyes. God doesnít want or need our ability. What He desires and what He can use is our availability.

But you donít know me! Iím too young, too old, too weak, too damaged. Maybe you were abandoned, rejected, betrayed, and you think youíre too broken for God to use. Youíre not. Perhaps your past choices haunt you and tell you God canít use you. He can. Maybe you think you have nothing to offer. Youíre wrong.

Jabez, whose mother ďbore him in sorrowĒ became one of Israelís judges. (
1 Chron 4:9-10) Gideon was hiding from the Midianites and threshing wheat, but God called him to be a hero. (Judges 6:1-2) Moses was a murderer with a bad temper and a speech impediment. With a couple of exceptions, the disciples were simple fisherman called of God to turn the world upside down. And they did.

A pastor friend asked me once, ďWhat would you do for Christ if you knew you could not fail?Ē Iím asking you the same question and then one more. How do you know you canít if you have never even tried?

To belittle yourself isnít keeping yourself ďright-sized.Ē Itís minimizing the power of God thatís available to you. If all you have is two fish and a few little barley loaves, join the club. Thatís all any of us have. It brings to mind the poem by Edward Everett Hale:

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today, realized we have something to offer God?
 
 
 
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