I will admit to you all that I am a big fan of #Dancing with the Stars. I’ve been watching pretty faithfully since season 13 when J. R. Martinez took the mirror ball. Again last year I was so inspired by Amy Purdy’s courage and grace. I think one of the reasons I love the show so much is that it proves you don’t have to be what Hollywood considers “perfect” to be talented, to have influence, in short, to be a “star”.
In our bible study class tonight (Sunday night), we were talking about predestination, and the question came up, “Does God hate those humanity considers to be ‘damaged goods’? If not, why would a loving God let such things happen?”
I honestly believe that God has a purpose and a plan for every life He created. And that purpose is to bring honor and glory to Himself. We don’t have to be perfect to do that. But we do have a choice. We can bring honor and glory to Him through our love and service, or we can bring honor and glory to Him by His display of wrath in our destruction. God didn’t make robots but He did make vessels of honor and dishonor. Our choices make that distinction. What we see as damaged goods may, in God’s eyes, be a vessel of great honor, while that Hollywood idol, who seems to have it all, is “common use” or even a vessel of great dishonor in His sight.
At the same time, as far as I’m concerned, we’re all “damaged goods” in one way or another. It’s the nature of our existence. Some “damage” is just more visible to the naked eye than others, that’s all. Physical, emotional, sexual, or spiritual abuse has scarred us all in one way or another since the time of Adam. If you think your life has been perfect, I feel sorry for you. Romans 8:29 says, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.”
How does He “conform” us? Through our suffering. If we are truly His children, called according to His purpose, we will suffer. (Check it our in Romans 8:17.) It’s the only way that works for us to learn to rely on Him alone. Maybe if we weren’t such stubborn creatures, we could learn an easier way. But maybe then we wouldn’t learn at all. Who are we to question God? If He wants to use a weak thing, all I can say is, “Here I am, Lord. I’m a weak, wrinkled old woman, badly scarred by life, at least on the inside, and somewhat even on the outside, but I want to be used by You.
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: What “damage” have you sustained that God can use for His glory?