If I was going to choose someone to give “the spiritual gift of encouragement” to—it would NOT be someone like me.
Someone who has had a life of crisis-after-crisis punctuated with depression, bullies, and abandonment.
Yet that is what God did.
1 Corinthians 1: 26-27 says,
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
For most of my life I have written cards and letters, and listened, and wept, as I counseled with women to encourage them to not give up no matter how long or how fierce the fight!
Me, who has fought that ugly “Give-up” monster all of my life.
But God looks not on the outward appearance.
God looks on the heart!
Jesus chooses the foolish things—and I am thankful that He does!
Just be faithful dear one—to the King who called you, equipped you, and sent you.
Someday we will hear our King say those sweet, sweet, words to us:
…‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ Matthew 25:21 NLT