Ordinary Human Stuff

by Joan C Webb on June 14, 2011

People viewed tax collector Levi (also called Matthew) with contempt, yet Jesus chose him to be on His 12-man team.

Although I hesitate to admit this, at times I’ve made silent judgments about who is or is not spiritually mature. With the help of a couple of accountability partners, though, I’m becoming increasingly accepting of myself and others. It helps to remember that God is more interested in a person’s willingness and faith than whether they make faultless decisions or produce perfect plans. Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest, wrote, “The men and women our Lord sends out on His enterprises are the ordinary human stuff.”

I’ve noticed that some folks think they’ll never be good enough for God to use in His work, while others believe they have proved themselves to be extraordinary and He must utilize them and their talents. However, God doesn’t say, “You’re super-human; I’ll call you” or “She’s always right, I’ll send her.” God employs the ordinary people of this world—like you and me.

Lord, I’m not perfect, yet You choose to work in my life. I love that!

Make It Personal

What silent judgments have you made in the past about yourself and others? How did they help?

Today’s blog post is adapted from my devotional book, It’s a Wonderful (Imperfect) Life. It’s on Kindle now! :-)

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Heather June 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

How quickly we are to judge others, when we our imperfect as well. I have realized more and more that the people we have made fun of whether we were growing up with them, or just judging them while standing in a store, in line some where, or even in places such as church..They are the ones who have become successful & humble with themselves and life! Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination! That includes you and I as well!

What silent judgments have you made in the past about yourself and others? How did they help?

When you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and ask yourself “Am I Happy?” And the answer is no to many days in a row…It’s time to make a change. I look in the mirror now and see someone worth being here. God defiantly has plans for me or else I would already be with him. I have learned not to make judgments of those who see themselves as “better” then everyone else. Someone may know more then me, and certainly may be more worthy of Gods beautiful plans.. but regardless of those “silent judgments,” I am blessed to have found the truth.. which is -Even though we are not perfect,God chooses to use us in his plans, and continually trys to tell us he loves us, no matter what!- I chose to have the least popular person by my side over the every night party girl. She has taught me how to be less judgmental towards other people, and showed me how to look @ myself in a whole other way. Would of never been friends with her if I was still to busy trying to fit in with the ugly crowd.

“When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.”
Not judging others based on their appearances or social/home situation..is the best way to go!

Diane Markins June 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

The moment I ever have a fleeting thought that I’m more qualified or gifted than someone else (sorry, but human nature kicks in sometimes), I immediately cringe because I know it dishonors God. All gifts AND assignments come from Him. This is especially helpful as I can share the load when I fail!
Thanks Joan.

Joan C. Webb June 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Hi Heather,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your heart. Sounds like you’ve made some wise and intentional choices on your ongoing journey. I love your statement: “I am blessed to have found the truth.. which is -Even though we are not perfect,God chooses to use us in his plans, and continually trys to tell us he loves us, no matter what!”
Enjoy looking in the mirror today! :-)

Joan C. Webb June 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Oh, Diane, thank you for the reminder: “All gifts AND assignments come from Him.” Love the way you stated that! Even though an assignment/task/mission may not suit us and even when we just don’t understand someone else’s gifting, we can rest assured that it fits them and God has a plan.

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