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Who? Me?

drunk, dead

In church this week, the reading was about John the Baptist. The priest was talking about prophets.  He told us everyone is a prophet.

That’s right. Me and you. Prophets.

Do you believe it?

If not, change your mind today. Think of yourself as divinely inspired (you are) and filled with light (you are) and able to make a difference in the lives of people around you (you can).

He didn’t call on the most learned scholarly people to share the good news.  He doesn’t call people because they look perfect or act perfect or know everything.  That wild man in the desert pointed to the Great Light.  Don’t you think He can use a suburban mom or dad or a high school student or a teenager who feels lost?  Why wouldn’t He use a CEO or a teacher or a Doctor or a coach? Don’t you believe He can use you?

What do you hear Him saying to you?

How is your heart feeling tugged?

What do you know to be true about God and faith and Jesus and the Good News?

Share it.

Don’t believe the lie that you don’t have enough education.  Don’t believe the lie that you don’t fit the mold of what a prophet looks like.  There is no mold.  Jesus took all of that and threw it out the window.  He plucked people out of the margins and encouraged them to lead.  He will use you if you let him.

Let him.

The world needs your voice.  Your unique voice.  Even if it shakes.  Especially when it shakes.

You know in your heart if He is calling you.  You know the answer has always been and will always be, “Yes, Lord, use me”.  If you have yet to admit this out loud, do it today.  Don’t hesitate any longer.  Use your voice to lift up the Lord.  Be like John the Baptist and prepare the way.

Show people the light.

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big YES™  All Rights Reserved, Image from Pinterest 

The Beginning

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

-1 Corinthians 14:33

The other day,  I learned a little more about the first book of Genesis.  How wonderful that God created the light and then He created the sun and moon and stars to bring the light.  He created the sea and the sky and then the fish and the birds to dwell in them.  He created land and vegetation and then he created animals and humans to live on the land and take care of the land. 

Two things I love about this. 

  1.  Everything has a purpose.   
  2. It is all good. 

Can you picture it?  God steps onto the scene and it’s black and formless and empty.  (I want to point out here that the Bible says “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”.  So the Spirit was already there which helps make my point that the Spirit is everywhere and always has been.)  Back to the scene…God says, “Let there be light” and there is light.  Ta – Da!!!

We could spend hours, days, months, years discussing the account of Creation in Genesis.  Scholars can argue over whether it’s true or myth or just a made up sweet story.  You can tell me it doesn’t make sense or try to figure out if a day really means 24 hours.  We can talk about the significance of 7 days.  We can talk about evolution.  We can ponder the dark void that was and wonder how long God let that go on.  We can try to explain where God came from and why He’s called the alpha and the omega.  But let’s not. 

Let’s get back to my two points. 

  1. Everything has a purpose.
  2. It is all good.

They say when you read the Bible, you should think of 3 things: What does this passage tell me about God?  What does this passage tell me about human beings?  What does it tell me a Christian should do?  In other words, we should observe, interpret and apply.

I could go through these questions and I will during my study but for today, I’d like to just start at the beginning and what that beginning has to do with me…here…in my kitchen on my computer…in 2011. 

God created me.  He loves me.  He has a divine purpose and plan for me.  I have all I need.  I am good. 

Same goes for you…and for all of us. 

It’s the beginning of His story and it’s the beginning of our story too…and it’s all good.     

©2011 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved