The truth about callings.


Most days, I don’t feel successful enough to be used by God.

I don’t feel capable.

I don’t feel smart.

I don’t feel prepared.

Surely there is a better Christian out there who can do what God has called me to do.

But then I read the Bible and notice an interesting pattern when it comes to calling.

God found Gideon in a hole.

He found Joseph in a prison.

He found Daniel in a lion’s den.

He has a curious habit of showing up in the midst of trouble, not the absence. Where the world sees failure, God sees future.

Next time you feel unqualified to be used by God remember this, he tends to recruit from the pit, not the pedestal.


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  1. says

    Great reminder, especially for those who are in the pit now. Peter comes to mind too. Denies the Lord 3x within a matter of hours after boldly stating that he would die for Him. Jesus gently, lovingly, purposefully restores Peter as recounted in John 21. Later in his first epistle, Peter wrote — from life experience, “Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you.” (1 Peter 5:6)

  2. Jenn says

    Wow! So true!! I was literally giving up on myself just a few months ago…then when I least expected it in the middle of a random church service a friend invited me to (funny, eh?) it hit me like a ton of bricks. “Go back to school for nursing, Jenn!” I’m doing just that – start classes next semester and it feels SO right. I couldn’t be more blessed!!

  3. Lillian V says

    We may not all know our calling or purpose in life until God sees we are ready or gets our undivided attention.

    All in His perfect time…so do not be discouraged.