Jars of Clay

Tomorrow I do something that I’ve never really done before. I speak in front of a group of women. I was told there would be like 80 people there. And it’s a brunch so there will be delectable delightful food, I’m sure, and everyone will be eating and chatting and then at some point they’ll all be staring. At me. And they’ll expect me to say some funny things. And some profound things. Something moving. Something touching. And quite honestly, I’m scared. Like, the kind of scared that makes you feel like laughing yourself dizzy because it’s so absurd. (Gulp.)

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So, I’ve been talking to God a lot about it. Been saying things like, “Uh…Lord HELP!” and “What was I thinking?” And “Please somehow help me make sense and help me not care too much that everyone is staring and just help me relax and help me share what’s in my heart and please encourage people through me and mostly just. please. HELP!” And this week I’ve felt closer to God because of it, because I’ve been depending on Him a lot more. And I’m not sure how it’ll turn out or what exactly is gonna come out but I think it will be a fun adventure. And the neat thing is that God puts His glory in jars of clay. So, here I am, Lord. An earthy pot. Fill me up. Shine out through all the cracks and broken places.

(You can pray for me, too, if you want. I won’t mind one bit. Thank you.)

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Remember, our message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. (2 Corinthians 4:5-7)

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