Here’s a segment from Scazzero’s book “The Emotionally Healthy Church” that energized me and encouraged me as I’m preparing for another phase in my discipleship and ministry. It’s very humbling …
We constantly remind people that the only kind of people God uses are those who do not depend on their own gifts or resources.
– Moses stuttered.
– David’s armor didn’t fit.
– John Mark deserted Pail.
– Timothy had ulcers.
– Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
– Amos’ only training was farming.
– Jacob was a liar.
– David had an affair, murdered, and abused power.
– Naomi was a widow.
– Paul was a persecutor.
– Moses was a murderer.
– Jonah ran from God’s will.
– Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
– Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
– Elijah was burned out.
– John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
– Martha was a worry wart.
– Noah got drunk.
– Solomon was too rich, and Jesus was too poor.
– Abraham was too old, and David too young.
– Peter was afraid of death, and Lazarus was dead.
– Moses had a short fuse (so did Peter, Paul, and lots of Bible heroes.)
God has always used cracket pots, to “show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Cor. 4:7)
It doesn’t mean we encourage people to stay the way they are. Admitting the truth about ourselves, however, is the key starting point for change. My wife and I often remark that the day we admitted we were not loving people was the day we began to be loving toward others. (emphasis mine, p. 124)