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God can hit a straight lick with a crooked stick!

Posted by Brandon Patton on Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

"If you have to have everything perfect before you can accomplish something you will never do anything."

Ecc. 11 (par)

Moses was an eighty year old convict that stuttered. Joseph was a pampered child. David struggled with some terrible personal demons. Jacob was a con man. Simon was an "ignorant uneducated" redneck fisherman. Their commonality? God chose to use each one of them to help people and accomplish great things. The Bible teaches that our great Father specializes in choosing and using the "less than perfect" to do big things. He actually seems to prefer the imperfect. How often do we shrink back from attempting something because we don't think we are ready, good enough, smart enough, strong enough, etc. As the Bible warns us in Ecclesiastes, if you wait until everything is perfect you will be sitting until Jesus gets back! What a great mystery that a perfect God chooses to co-labor with such imperfect people. The obvious reason that he "chooses the foolish, weak, common, and rejected" is, as He declared in 1 Corinthians 1, that "no flesh would glory in His presence". When He enables the struggling to bless people He receives all the glory. So quit waiting until everything is just right to get going. "Agree with your enemy" when he says you aren't ready, you don't know what you're doing, you're not good enough, etc. Declare "I serve a great God that makes up where I fall short and He and I are a team"!  I'm not going to let the fact that I'm not perfect, I don't have what it takes, what I have could be better, or any other excuse stop me from swinging for the fence! I serve a great God that specializes in hitting a straight lick with a crooked stick!

Father, I confess that what I have to offer you sometimes looks as foolish as the little boy that offered you his happy meal to feed five thousand people. But, God be praised that just as you took that pitiful offering and fed that crowd I believe that you will take what I have and do the same for somebody!

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