RWJ (Guest Blog – JoAnna)

Today I read a blog post by our youth director at Echo Church. I loved it so much I thought I would share. You’re awesome JoAnna.

“Today I went on an RWJ (Run with Jesus) and we talked about some stuff.

You know, God uses us to our fullest. He can use every single thing about us (to show the world something about Himself) if we let Him. But there are things about ourselves, that we don’t like. There are things we try to hide and do hide for fear of how the world will respond. I’m not talking about what the world will think. I mean, how they literally respond to everything about us. How will people respond if…

They found out I like this..They found out I still do this…They found out my life isn’t this…They found out my secret this…They found out that I think I’m this or that or whatever. The possibilities are endless, and I’m not talking about sin here either. I’m talking about what makes us-us.

Do we not realize that God planned out everything we are, for His purpose? Everything that we think is “not right” or “stupid,” He plans to use.

God made you the way you are, so you can reach a specific people or a certain person in your lifetime. The way we look on the outside can be intimidating, yet He planned every curvature of your face so that you could fulfill His purpose. God has your life planned so intricately, that He modeled it into your bones and skin. This means there’s a reason your nose looks the way it does, and there’s a reason your hair is that color, and there’s a reason your skin is that color, and there’s a reason you’re that height and that age… And you may think some of the stuff you like to do is dumb. And you may think you look wrong or awkward and that others won’t respond well to you. But think about all the people you can reach because of those attributes. Think of all the people you can reach if you embrace who God has made you to be. Start asking Him how He can use you, instead of asking Him how He can change you. Stop trying to fit the model of who you think you’re supposed to be. Let me tell you right now, God doesn’t make mistakes. Stop asking, “Why did you do this Lord?” and start asking, “How can You use this Lord?”

If you play sports be the only person not harassing other teams. If you play video games, be the only person not cussing on vent.If you model for some random clothing company, be the only person not practically naked. If you rock at science be the only person advocating for creationism. Be the only person who looks in the mirror and sees what God sees. Be the only person who can reach a specific person because of who you are.”

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