Been a good week for me personally. Hope it's been the same for all of you. (Say 'amen' in the comment section if hearing something about Gideon, Moses and Daniel BEFORE they became "Gideon, Moses and Daniel" has been a blessing.) Well, in the heart of our week's theme, I came across a list of Biblical characters that had their share of "before" moments.
--Noah was a drunk. Abraham was too old. Isaac was a daydreamer. Jacob was a liar. Leah was ugly. Joseph was abused. Moses had a stuttering problem. Gideon was afraid. Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer. Rahab was a prostitute. Jeremiah and Timothy were too young. David had an affair and was a murderer. Elijah was suicidal. Isaiah preached naked. Jonah ran from God. Naomi was a widow. Job went bankrupt. John the Baptist ate bugs. Peter denied Christ. The Disciples fell asleep while praying. Martha worried about everything. The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once. Zaccheus was too small. Paul was too religious. Timothy had an ulcer…AND Lazarus.....was dead! (Author Unknown)
I admit, I could have (or probably have) written devotions on each character and story. However, please be sure and tune in tomorrow for just...one...more.
And lastly, this week's theme is perfect for a song I shared with you about a year ago. It's called "Imperfect Me" by my friend Smokie Norful. Bless your life and download this song on iTunes. Read the sweet lyrics. Similar to our "Before They Were Conquerors" week, this song asks the Lord, "Why Me? How do you see the good in imperfect me?" And tomorrow, we'll answer it. - Jimmy Peña
For so long I've tried to figure out the reason why You used my life as a sign and a guiding light. I'm a bird with one wing, A song with no melody, But somehow I fly and sing Because of how You see me. What do you know that I don't? And how do you hear that song in me? I say I'm lost. You say I'm free. How do you see the good in imperfect me?