JARS OF CLAY

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2 Corinthians 4:7 
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. NKJV

I have found out that great leaders achieve great things, not because of who they are, but rather in spite of it. Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Jacob was a thief, Moses was stammerer, Gideon was a coward, Samson was impatient, David was a murderer, Solomon was a womanizer, Jeremiah was too young, Esther was an exiled orphan, Mary was a teenager, Peter was uneducated and Paul was unimpressive!

Now, I’m not suggesting that you go ahead and do some of those things. Otherwise you will bring more pain into your life and lineage than you can fathom! But the point is that way too many people are achieving way too little because they feel that their lives are a mess. If you read the Bible, you’ll find that God used these messy people to do great things. In fact, I feel like if the Bible were to be written today, many of us wouldn’t feature because our lives are too organized and small. People who seek to expand and have impact often make mistakes because they are breaking boundaries and taking new territory.

If I were God, I certainly wouldn’t have chosen me. But God, being God, chooses as he wills, and when great things happen, people can’t say, “that guy is good!” Rather, they look at all that’s happening, take one look at you and I, take another look at what’s happening and exclaim, “God is awesome. Can you imagine what He’s doing through these underdogs!”

Another lie I’ve encountered many times is fear. People think that leaders achieve great things because they are bold and fearless. What they don’t know is that people achieve those things in spite of fear. They do it fearful! Stop waiting to get rid of your imperfections before doing great things, because you’ll never.

It’s time for you to start achieving great things, even with your imperfections.

Have a great life… earthen you!!!

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