Our ‘future man of God’, Tucker, has a special knack for having a great time no matter where or who he’s with. The ability to do this has yet to work to his advantage.
When he was in school, he would get sent to Saturday school, he had so much fun there it was pitiful. He would come home telling me about a new friend he had made, or some joke he had cracked everyone up telling. When he got older and got arrested, he made friends with the people in jail and the jailers. That would always make me so mad. It drove me crazy that he seemed to be drawn to ‘those people’. Then God showed me something. He uses the very things that get us in trouble, to glorify Him.
I started thinking about my own life, and how God’s taken all those things that used to get me in trouble, and uses them to reach others. Like the fact that I love to talk. I stayed in trouble when I was a kid for running my mouth, now I allow God to help me use my words for His kingdom. All the bad, embarrassing things I’ve done? Those are now testimonies to God’s grace and mercy, and how He loves to take screwed up, broken people and mold them into useful vessels.
One day, that will be Tucker’s testimony! And the fact that he can have a good time wherever he is, will translate into being joyful in all situations. His stubbornness will translate to persistence, and the fact that he’s drawn to ‘those people’, will translate into reaching out to the least of these, and be a ministry.
I’ve often felt bad that I didn’t recognize those qualities for what they were, and nurture them instead of squelching them. Here’s the thing though, what God intends to happen is going to happen, despite my parenting skills, or lack thereof. Amen!
God is so good and merciful to us! Don’t let your past get you down. Being screwed up isn’t always a bad thing. Let God use it for His glory. He will!
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13