It's very interesting to me that it's not usually our strengths God chooses to use for ministry. That's a good thing...I really don't have any natural strengths. All that I have to give is what flows from Him through me. What's interesting is He can actually use our weaknesses to touch the lives of others. What I mean by that is, if I wasn't such a mess I wouldn't be able to relate to your mess. When I write about refocusing on Jesus it's because I know how easy it is to get distracted and lose focus. When I write about repentence vs regret I can relate to those who suffer from guilt because I too have experienced that. When I share about being unqualified and the insecurities in what He's calling us to do, I can only write about it because it's what I have struggled with.
There would be nothing for me to write about if I hadn't failed, got back up and pressed forward in countless areas. So, the next time you think the Lord could never use you because you've failed too many times, realize that nothing is wasted with God. He's not looking for perfection, just humility, repentance and heart that passionately pursues Him and His will!
As we seek and surrender our lives to Jesus, He will use and heal every broken fragment to bring healing and direction in the lives of others. Not a crumb falls to the ground or is wasted! As He leads you, don't be frightened by your lack or even trust in your strengths only trust in His anointing to accomplish whatever it is He's calling you to do!
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolishthings of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Exodus 4:12 (NLT) Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
Philippians 2:13 (AMP) For it is not your strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.