When I’m prone to feel I or someone else is too imperfect or has too many problems to be of any use to God, I’m going to remind myself to release perfectionism because God uses the willing, not the perfect:
- Noah got downright naked drunk.
- Abram got afraid and lied.
- Even “perfect” Job feared.
- Sara got impatient.
- Jacob lied and stole.
- Rebecca deceived her own husband.
- Joseph was spoiled and a bit full of himself.
- Moses could be hot-tempered.
- Rahab was a harlot.
- Gideon could be skeptical and a sign-seeker.
- Samson slept with a woman he wasn’t married to.
- King Saul had narcissistic and probably paranoid schizophrenic tendencies. He also tried to kill David.
- David committed adultery and had an innocent man killed.
- Bathsheba committed adultery.
- Elijah got depressed and wanted to die.
- Nebuchadnezzar was a narcissist and battled mental illness.
- Peter got scared, swore and lied.
- Saul (later Paul) stood by and held the cloaks of people while they stoned innocent Stephen.
- Mary Magdellan had 7 devils cast out of her.
- Matthew was a tax collector.
- John and James fought over who would have more power.
You know what? God used every last one of them. I don’t know about you, but that gives me a lot of hope for myself and others.
As my friend Martina M Muir says, “Who you are is not what you’ve done.”