I can’t always be the best. Sometimes I try to be, or I want to be, but I can’t be the best at everything I want to be all the time. I’m not the best writer, or the best student, or the best musician. For a period, I had this thought in my head that Jesus would use me most when I was completely put together – only at my best. I would make mistakes and hold regrets, and I thought He would use me less because of them. I also believed that because someone may be better at this or that, he or she would be more qualified for God to use. Why would Jesus choose me if I’m torn and tattered, if I’m not the best?
There’s this story of a Samaritan woman that Jesus speaks with. Back in His days, the Samaritans were disgusting to the Jews, but Jesus chooses to sit right next to this lady at a well. This woman is obviously surprised Jesus is talking to her, but He offers her Himself anyways. Despite her 5 ex-husbands, her low social status, and her tendency to be easily judged, He asks her if she wants to follow Him. He chooses her for an adventurous life only He can give.
I know God isn’t surprised with people’s mistakes and shortcomings…He’s seen all of us fall down. But He’s always said to come. He chooses us. We are the woman at the well; a little tattered and not who we’d believe Jesus would choose right away…but He desires us regardless. My stains and tatters and past don’t matter anymore, and if I’m not the best, no biggie. It’s not about me, anyways.
“Those who worship Him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship.” (John 4, the Message).
We are FREE, friends!! I want to press forward, love Him, and trust that if I fall down He can dust me off and make me beautiful (again and again). I can serve Him despite my imperfections. And we all can. You can serve Haiti even if a donation isn’t something you can make right now. You can make a small donation and make an impact even if you believe a little won’t go a long way. You can pray. Help us make a difference in this village of Boukeron. Jesus can use you to change lives. He can use you in your country, your city, your home, or in Haiti with us. We all have a significant purpose. We were made for such a time as this. We are the chosen generation. He chooses us!