and my heart sank again. In discouragement I stuffed it into my folder
and walked back to my dormitory on the western New York campus.
It seemed no matter how hard I tried to write a good paper for my English professor
he stilled covered the pages with red marks.
Guess I wasn’t cut out to be a writer.
But that was what I believed for many years.
It wasn’t until years later
when I experienced God’s gracious healing in my life
wrote an article and
mailed it to a Christian publication.
Even after I dropped the manuscript in the mail
I questioned myself
and felt ridiculously foolish and blushed.
No one was more surprised than I to hear back from the editor
that they were paying me to use the article
and wanted me to write more.
Me, a writer?
My belief had been ‘no’
but God’s plan was something different.
He chose to use my simple writings to bless and encourage others.
His working through me.
Today I have had published more than 500 articles, devotionals and short stories.
I have stories in Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul,
Chicken Soup Thanks Dad
and many others.
My heart praises the One Who so lovingly
Has chosen to use my offerings and to make them serve His Purposes.
So what’s in your hand today?
Any skill that maybe you thought years ago was inferior
or unworthy of use. Or maybe you didn’t even think about it.
Could it be that our Lord sees it differently than you?
Could it be that He longs to see you step out in faith and do it anyway?
He loves to do what seems Impossible to us.
But nothing is impossible.
Nothing is beyond His power to infuse with new life
as we turn it all over to Him.
Don’t you just love Him?