Lately I have been thinking about the many ways that God has chosen to use me as a "vessel of change" to impact the lives of others. Although, I am grateful to be one of the chosen ones, I often find myself wondering "why" God has chosen to use me? As we often do, I tried to rationalize what didn't need further explanation because He quickly answered my question with..."Why not you?" As simplistic as this may seem, it made me realize that despite our imperfections, we all have a purpose and can be used by God, if we are willing and obedient. Despite our brokenness, we all have a story to share and every time that we share our story with others, we lift them up which then lets them know that they are not alone in their struggle.
This brings to mind a book that I read many years ago, written by Author, Patsy Clairmont, that she brilliantly titled, "God uses Cracked Pots!" In her book, Patsy humorously points out through examples of her own imperfections, how God even finds use for the blunders in our lives and does not waste any of it! Yes, God finds a purpose even for our shortcomings. Since starting out on this journey, I have often come face to face with my own imperfections, but in doing so, I have learned how to understand and accept "conviction" and not live with "condemnation." What's the difference you ask? First of all, we are not built for condemnation. Condemnation is a tool used by our oppressors (aka the enemy) to keep us from fulfilling all that God has purposed for our lives. It's that voice whispering in your ear that you are not worthy of forgiveness. On the other hand, conviction allows you to grow and learn from your mistakes. It is that voice that whispers in your ear "I forgive you and I love you despite your imperfections!" BOOM!
I am grateful that God has chosen to use me as a vessel to invoke change in the lives of not only those who are stuck after getting laid off, but also in the lives of the many people that He has allowed me to meet along the way. It confirmed for me that my trials, can actually be the answer to someone else's problem. Therefore, my willingness to be transparent throughout my journey has empowered others to discover their life purpose and ultimately fulfill the plan that God has for their life. For this I am eternally grateful and to that I say, "Use me Lord!"
Wife and mother of two, pursuing my life purpose after getting laid off! Read more on my About Me page.
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