Wednesday, September 5, 2012

God Can Use You (Really!)

Moses stuttered.
Aaron caved into peer pressure.
David's armor didn't fit.
John Mark was rejected.
Timothy had ulcers.
Abraham was a liar.
Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
So was Rahab.
Amos was a nobody.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Jesus was too poor.
Zechariah was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid.
Lazarus was dead!
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer.
So was Moses.
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon doubted.
So did Thomas.
Jeremiah was depressed.
Elijah was burnt out.
Zacchaeus was short.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wart.
Mary was lazy.
Elisha was bald.
Samson had long hair.
Noah got drunk.
Ehud was left-handed.

If God can use all of these people, who were unqualified for what God called them to do …


*This is slightly adapted from a sermon I heard by Rick Warren a few years ago.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


While I was walking this morning I saw a turtle. No big deal, right? It was a HUGE deal.

He was right there on the sidewalk, obviously just crossed the road next to the school. I stopped and stooped down to take a closer look and noticed a teacher getting out of her car. She was pretty clearly not in a hurry, so I asked her if she wanted to take a look and maybe take a picture on her cell phone to show her students. “Nah,” she said, “It’s just a turtle.”

Just a turtle.

I remember when I was a kid little things like a turtle were sources of endless wonder to me and my friends.

I wonder when that stops. And I wonder why we don’t even notice.

I wonder if we even care.


~ Godspeed