You might have made mistakes. We all do.
We all have this chapter in our story that we’d never want anyone to see. We might get discouraged because of our own selves. But we should realize that our flaws are the best tool that God could use to display His unconditional love and our weaknesses, His unfailing strength.
You might be failing over and over, but I hope you’ll also choose to rise again and again. And as you do, may you see those failures as an opportunity to set a good example of humility to others, portraying the beauty of repentance and restoration.
If we will all be honest, the people who influenced us the most are not those who lectured us with the most beautiful teachings but those who strived to live on them, by the grace of God. The people who encouraged us the most aren’t those who are without flaws, but those who thrived in the strength of the Lord despite their limitations. And the people who inspired us the most aren’t those who lived a perfect life, but those who admitted their mistakes and humbly received God’s forgiveness.
Because our most triumphant days aren’t those when we never failed, but those days when we’ve chosen to stand up despite our failures.
Never hide your flaws. Never cover your scars. Let others see them and witness the beauty of restoration that genuine repentance can bring. Let them know that just like them, you are human too — flawed, sinner, unworthy — and just like you, they can find mercy from the perfect, holy, and loving God.
Remember, we set a good example to others not by building our reputation, but by maintaining a clear conscience towards God. Truly, all you have to do is to take care of your character and let God take care of your reputation.
Many things could discourage and make you quit the ministry. And when discouragements come to make you stop, may you remind yourself of these two things: why you started, and why you should finish this race. May your answer always be:
To hear my Master say,
“Well done thou good and faithful servant!”MATTHEW 25:23