STOP MAKING EXCUSES! by Diann Thomas, The Morning Tea
"Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of His body." Romans 12:5 (TM)
Understand this: you're going to give your life for something - the questions is what? Sports, a hobby, fame, wealth? None of these bring lasting satisfaction, not one! Service is the pathway to joy and fulfillment!
It's through ministry that we find meaning! As we serve God's purposes, our lives take on eternal importance. Paul writes,'. . . all this makes you more significant, not less . . . because of what you are a part of (1 Corinthians 12:14 & 19 TM).
If you aren't involved in something greater than yourself you're just existing, because life is meant for ministry. God wants you to learn to love and serve others unselfishly. He wants you to make a difference in His world; He wants to work through you. Ultimately what matter is not how long you live, but how effectively!
If you're not involved in any form of service today, what's your excuse? Abraham was old, Jacob was insecure, Leah was unattractive, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered, Gideon was poor, Samson was codependent, Rahab was immoral, David had an affair resulting in all kinds of family problems, Elijah was suicidal, Jeremiah was depressed, Jonah was reluctant, Naomi was a widow, John the Baptist was eccentric to say the least, Peter was impulsive, Martha worried a lot, the Samaritan woman had several failed marriages, Zacchaeus was crooked, Thomas had doubts, Paul had poor health and Timothy was timid.
That's quite a variety of misfits, yet God used each of them -- and He will use you too, if you stop making excuses.