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Here’s a simple test to see if you are a person God can use. Answer the following questions honestly. Careful now. This will get tricky.
Question 1. Are you perfect?
If you answered NO, congratulations! You might be a person God will use. You see, perfection is not required in God’s economy. If you’re waiting until you’re perfect, you’ll be waiting a long time. Besides, look at the people God used in the Bible. You won’t find perfection among them, with one notable exception (and you know what happened to him!)
In fact, I’ll go one step further. I don’t even think you need to wait until you are excellent. I think effectiveness and efficiency trump excellence any day, hands down. So if you’re looking for a place to serve God, start with whatever is in front of you and do it to the best of you ability and let God do the rest.
Question 2. Are you willing?
This is essential. God rarely uses unwilling people.
Two questions. Simple answers. Now what are you waiting for? Be attentive and do what God presents to you to be done. Hurting people don’t care if you do it perfectly, they just want to know that someone cared.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think about the future. We dream, we plan, we prepare, we worry, we fret. We’re concerned about our health, our finances, our relationships, our retirement. We reflect: “I’m okay now, but will I be okay THEN? What might happen that I’m not ready for? How can I prepare? What if?
“What if?” is a dangerous road to travel. Most of the time our minds go negative. That’s why I think Jesus said this: “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
So, live in the now, be present in the present. Deal with the trouble that presents itself today for there is enough of that. And, like Jesus, pray for “daily bread.” Don’t ask for tomorrow’s bread today. And don’t plan on taking today’s bread into tomorrow. Tomorrow you’ll need and want fresh bread.
And, thank God that you don’t know the future. It’s a sign of His grace that you don’t.
“I never cease to be amazed at the capacity of human beings to mess up their own lives. Common wisdom seems to be so lacking in these modern times, as we see lives and relationships played out like train wrecks before our eyes. Where is wisdom?”—To read more: http://kenlester.wordpress.com/
The neighbor across the way is having some landscaping done. Apparently, some major work, as I heard the sounds of a jackhammer the day before yesterday. (All day, I might add.) Today, one of the landscapers came to my door to tell me that his workers are being stung by bees from a nest on my property. Could I give permission for them to hire an exterminator at their expense to kill the offending bees?
Now, let me see. The bees don’t bother me. They keep pretty well to their bee business. They hide in the bamboo and come out only to pollinate the pumpkins. I have nothing against the bees. Live and let live, I always say.
But, then again. the bees are bothering my brothers in humanity. What would I want done if I was them? Time to invoke the Golden Rule.