BOAST IN THE LORD. I received this by email. "The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember:
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Peter denied Christ
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
David had an affair and was a murderer
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
Mary Magdalene was….well you know
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Timothy had an ulcer
AND Lazarus was dead!
Now! No more excuses! God can use you. "
Yes, I know some liberties were taken. But it reminded me of 1 Corinthians 1:26 and following: Brothers, 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 follish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He 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.
Rather than boast in ourselves, we glorify God. When people say we are insignificiant, we say yes, but God is significant. When people say the church is full of weak people, we say yes, but God is strong enough to glorify himself through these weak people. We boast in the Lord.