Prayer for the Week of May 27th–Worse Than Dung?
My 19 month old pooped in the potty twice today. If you have not potty trained a little boy, you may not quite grasp our excitement around here. Chants of “Poopy in the potty!” can be heard ringing from the ceilings.
The Lord teaches me lessons from odd things sometimes. Including poo.
“Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Luke 14:34-35
I guess being useless is worse than being stinky.
Being ineffective is worse than being wasteful.
Sometimes in the Church we see people that are….um…stinky. By that I mean that they are not a great witness or a great representative of our faith. I’ll be honest, some Christians are annoying. Sometimes in trying to exercise their gifts they are odd, other-worldly, or just seem to be wasting their gifts on the wrong ventures. They may even fall into poo….er….I mean sin. And as fellow Christians we are tempted to write them off altogether or to distance ourselves and act as if we don’t know them.
But the Bible says that there is something worse than being poopy. Being completely ineffective in this world is worse. Being without influence, without spunk, without saltiness is worse.
It seems to me to be a far worse thing to sit still–afraid to fail, than to take a leap a faith and risk the chance of getting some dung on me.
Risk is better than playing it safe.
God can use a poopy Christian. He can’t use a bland one.
Lord, give me courage to live a radical Christian life. May I never be afraid to take the steps of faith You are asking of me. May I take risks, storm castles, speak up for the speechless, and live each day true to You and my calling. Save me, Lord, from being ineffective, spunk-less, timid. In my own little sphere may I truly glorify You and always be fit for Your service–even if it’s the dung heap! Amen.