And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 NIV).
When I went to church, I felt like an outsider. I had made such a mess of my life and didn’t know how to make things right. Tears welled up in my soul. The next day I made an appointment to speak with the pastor.
“I’ve loved attending church in the past and enjoyed being part of the family, but I’m not worthy today,” I said.
“The pastor wrinkled his brows. “No one is worthy.”
I explained how poor choices led me through divorce and broken relationships into a pit of despair. “Everyone here looks like they have their lives together,” I said.
What the pastor said next changed my life. “We live in a world of sin, and it touches us in one way or another. The good news is Jesus died for sin. You can accept what he did on the cross for you or keep beating up on yourself.”
I walked out of the pastor’s office a different person. That was more than twenty years ago, and I’m amazed how God uses my past brokenness for His purposes. I’ve learned that His toolbox is filled with broken hearts, divorce, addiction, and suffering as I share my story with others in similar situations and show them God’s love, the same love lavished on me.
Prayer: Thank you, Father God, for your great plan to use our past sin and suffering to lead others to your amazing love. Amen.