Accepting God’s call requires courage to follow. It’s normal to feel fear and self-doubt, but ultimately God knows we can handle the calling that God places on our hearts.
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Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
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When I was a young girl, I thought that being a Christian meant I needed to be perfect. Seeking God's forgiveness looked something like, "I'm sorry, God, for not being perfect enough today." It's taken years to re-wire my understanding of God's mercy, God's goodness and grace, because there are still many times when I feel so...unholy, so imperfect, and like such a disappointment to others.
Perhaps you are experiencing a call to a particular ministry, mission, or outreach project, and you're feeling a bit unprepared, unacceptable, and unclean yourself. "Why me, Lord?" you might be thinking. Remember that God does not choose perfect people, because there simply are none to be found...anywhere. Rather, God calls us, as wondrously imperfect as we are, because God knows who we are and who we are becoming. Our job is simply to answer, “Here I am. Send me.”
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Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Convert and consecrate my heart, that I might see myself through your eyes and my future as a part of your greater plan. Amen.next >
God’s presence and call often show up in unexpected places and at surprising times. We should all be changed by God’s presence each time we encounter God. Have you sensed God asking you to do something differently in your life? Have the courage to say YES!
Be the presence of Christ today as you give back and share your life with others.
Grier Booker Richards
Grier Richards is one of the campus ministers for Presbyterian Campus Ministry of Greensboro, and is the parish associate for young adult ministry at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Greensboro, North Carolina. Grier loves to run, cook, listen to her husband, Rich, play music, and play with her two-year-old son, Olsen.
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