Aly is a Christian. She's a straight A student. She has always been involved in her church. But two years ago, Aly was living a double life. She was dating a non-Christian behind her parents' backs. The relationship turned physical. This led her to make other compromises including using drugs and alcohol. She hid her sin for months, but eventually the truth came out.
Aly had to endure a painful process of repentance and making things right. But as she did, God did something amazing. He gave her opportunities to share her struggles with other teenagers who needed to hear that they could experience forgiveness for their secret sins. When I asked Aly if I could write about her story she said, "If one girl chooses God's truth because of my story, it would all be worth it to me."
God took Aly's mess and turned it into a message about His forgiveness.
While doing some recent research for a coming book project, I heard about Emily. Emily's dad has ALS, a devastating disease that causes loss of muscle control. Watching her dad suffer is painful for her, but when we asked her about purpose she said that she has a feeling that her dad's disease will play a role. She believes that God will use this messy part of her life to accomplish something big.
It shouldn't surprise us when God works this way. In His Word He promises us that He will.
Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
God has a plan for you, and there's nothing in your life that He can't use.
I have a good friend who was going through a difficult season in life when she sensed that God had an odd assignment for her. She felt Him nudging her to only use what was in her pantry as she cooked for the next several weeks. She came up with some "interesting" culinary creations, but as she did she felt God teaching her that He could use everything in her life, even the yucky stuff for His glory.
Are there parts of your life that are messy? How about an area of past sin? Have you experienced pain, trials, or heartbreak? These are the areas of your life you may be tempted to toss out with the trash, but God wants to use them.
In 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 we read, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
God comforts us. We comfort others. It's a simple mission, but one you can accept right now. Wanna do something big for God's kingdom today? Find someone who is going through something you've been through and find a way to comfort them.
We all have messes. The question is will we let God use them to share His message?
Note: Portions of this post are taken from Erin's coming book, My Name Is Erin: One Girl's Mission to Make A Difference.