In elementary school, my nose was my biggest insecurity — stemming from the kids in my class that would make fun, point, and laugh at me.
As I went onto high school, it became my slight lisp. When I say certain words, it becomes more noticeable.
I had a desire to pursue a career in broadcast journalism…like a news anchor, but my insecurity prevented me from going down that route. Instead, I decided to study English to be a journalist. Something more behind-the-scenes because I never thought I could go in front of a camera.
Let’s be honest. At some point or another, we all wanted something that we didn’t have. We wanted to be like someone else. We want someone else’s figure, someone else’s eyes, someone else’s lips, whatever. We aren’t satisfied with what we have and see the glass as half empty as opposed to half full.
I became a Christian about two years after graduating high school. It was then that I discovered the love of Christ. The Savior who gives everyone value, dignity, approval, and love.
As I began to dive deeper into God’s word, I realized that many of the characters within the Bible had flaws, but were used by God to perform mighty acts, save a nation, and heal people.
Moses is the character that I relate the most to in the Bible.
When Moses was born, the Hebrew people were slaves in Egypt. He saw how cruelly they treated his own people. This went on for years. One day, as he was going about his business, God appeared to him as a burning fire in a bush. He tells Moses to go and rescue the people in Egypt out of their misery.
In Exodus 3, we see the two of them going back-and-forth in this dialogue.
God says to him, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
Moses had a lack of faith — in himself and in God, questioning if he could be used because of his speech.
He said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
Like Moses, some of us make excuses as to why we can’t do something, questioning God if He can still use us to influence people in a grand way.
God responds to Moses, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and teach you what to say.”
The flaw that you’re so insecure about — in my case, my speech, is no mistake by God. He designed everything for a specific purpose. Like Moses, his speech was what he viewed has his greatest setback. “There’s no way I can save a nation of people,” he thought to himself.
Like Moses, there are days when I tell myself the very same thing.
I realized that I was using my flaws as an excuse to stay passive.
It’s an excuse for me to not do something, to not follow what God has told me to do.
With Moses, God had to summon him to go and save the people.
What excuses are you making today in your life?
What you view as a flaw is what sets you apart from the rest.
Can you imagine what would have happened if Moses was not obedient to God?
In this case, an entire nation was at risk.
What are you disqualifying yourself from today when God never counted you out in the first place?
Is it the business you’ve been meaning to start? Is it leadership? A career change? Ministry?
Other people miss out when you don’t follow God’s call on your life.
I love the song, “No Longer Slaves,” by Bethel.
You split the sea, so I could walk right through it. You drown my fears in perfect love.
While the task at-hand may seem so grand that it’s impossible, when you’re doing what He’s called you to do, He will make a way.
If He can split the Red Sea for Moses, He can do the same for the Red Sea in your life.
Fear is the one hinderance between where we are right right now and where God wants us to be.
If you’re reading this now, you are capable of being used by God to accomplish His great purpose.
The question is — will you say “yes” to the invitation?0