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You know the feeling. You’re asked to step into a new role either in ministry or everyday life and you feel totally inadequate for the task. That’s how a potential small group leader felt last night when I suggested he lead a group for the first time. I remembered how helpful this reading was to me years ago when a friend emailed it to me (source unknown). Enjoy!

The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember…
    Noah was a drunk,
    Abraham was too old,
    Isaac was a daydreamer,
    Jacob was a liar,
    Leah wasn’t beautiful,
    Joseph was abused,
    Moses had a stuttering problem,
    Gideon was afraid,
    Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer,
    Rahab was a prostitute,
    Jeremiah and Timothy were too young,
    David had an affair and was a murderer,
    Elijah was suicidal,
    Isaiah preached naked,
    Jonah ran from God,
    Naomi was a widow,
    Job went bankrupt,
    John the Baptist ate bugs,
    Peter denied Christ,
    The Disciples fell asleep while praying
    Martha worried about everything,
    The Samaritan woman was divorced—more than once,
    Zaccheus was too small,
    Paul was too religious,
    Timothy had an ulcer..
    AND Lazarus was dead!

No more excuses now. God can use you to your full potential.

Besides, you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger.


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