Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, March 31, 2008

I'm a masterpiece!!

You can learn a lot if you listen. You can hear the voice of God when you think you are going to hear something else. You realize that when your heart is open, you can also hear a lot better.

I struggle with something. I struggle because I honestly think that I am a constant disappointment to my family and to those around me. I am quite sure I am. And I think, at least for this moment, I have come to grips with it.

Yesterday God’s voice was literally screaming in my ear and to my heart. I think God has been trying to tell me something for quite a long time, and yesterday, He got tired of whispering and started screaming!

“Margie, it doesn’t matter what the world thinks, sure it matters a little what your family thinks, but it’s more that I can use you.”

At Alive and Fuel, I am usually not “the fun” one, I am the one who does paperwork like stuff, who helps with preparation, who cooks a meal, who covets the kids in prayer, and who is forced to take squirt guns away because it just gets out of hand. But God uses me anyway, even if I’m not the fun one.

Our pastor preached a great sermon yesterday about how God can use me (and you), and here’s a brief recap. And most of you already know this…

He uses the unlikely. Those that the world might pass by and say ‘ah’ but God knows our strengths, and puts us and call us to places that He can use us. I think that is just amazing. He’s wired us with skills and traits that help us. For instance… I am always thinking ahead. I’m typically always at the next step before I take this one. It’s the perfect gifts for doing words. I love doing words, I used to think it was lame, but I really do love that I can help people see the words to a song and help them connect with God when we just don’t have the words and it’s a connection like no other.

I also have a pretty big personality (and mouth). This can be a blessing, when you are hugged by me, it’s all the way. No half hugging, no half loving, no half smiles, no half compliments or encouragements. Sure, it gets on people’s nerves and they wish I would (or could) tone it down a bit, but ah… no way.

He uses the insecure. HUH! I got this on in the bag. I tell you, I think, and I know, no good thing comes from me, and half the time (maybe more than half the time) even the good things I do, I don’t think they are needed or wanted, but I am thankful that when I do a good thing, that God will get the credit and the glory.

He uses the failures. HUH! I got this one in the bag too. I may end up doing it right, only after I’ve done something wrong ten times… Same lesson until I learn it. And even though that’s kind of screwed up, I’m thankful that God continues to use me and continues to forgive me.

And in Him, I find love, and peace, and joy.

Eph 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


SLO said...

Margie, you're amazing and NEVER disappointing. You're such a wonderful, loving, CHRIST DRIVEN hero! You're always there for those kids, right where GOD WANTS YOU! Remember, it's GOD's opinion that matters and you'll never disappoint HIM.
Love ya,
Sherri "Cherrio"

Kevmic said...

All that see this please pray for Keith Hayes