September 11 - Being Picked Last

By Julie Kraus

Today's Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Central Thought: My weaknesses and inadequacy make me a prime candidate to be used by God.

    Unqualified. Insufficient. Broken. Undeserving. Weak. Small. Inadequate. These words swirl around my mind, tormenting my spirit and disheartening my will. I step up to the plate just knowing that today will be just like every other day in physical education class. Did I mention I was uncoordinated too? 'STRIKE ONE…STRIKE TWO…STRIKE THREE! You are OUT!” The other members of my team give me a look that explains why I am always the last one picked for teams. My heart sinks, and I wonder how anyone can love such a pathetic softball player.

    Ever have a day like this, a day that reminds you so obviously that you are a human being? Deep in my heart I long to please God, but in everything I do, I strike out. I cannot stop making mistakes. I cannot stop failing. I cannot stop being myself, which often feels more a like a failure than anything else.

    Days like this are actually wonderful. When we finally realize we are powerless, unqualified, and weak, God can show us that He is all the power, grace, and sufficiency that we need. In 2 Corinthians Paul struggles with his own 'thorn in the flesh,” and the Lord shows Paul that in his personal weakness God's power is made perfect. Even the insecurities that the devil uses to discourage us are the very tool God needs to draw us closer to Him. God created us and then became everything that we lacked. Our weakness leaves room for God to work.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that my weaknesses can draw me closer to You. I want to learn to focus on who You are in my life.

Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 8:1-9:21; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Psalm 55:1-23; Proverbs 23:4-5