Wedding Dress For Happy Couple in Love (Photo credit: epSos.de)
God calls each of us to witness to God. We are called to share the transformational love of God that is offered to all of the world. We talked about this in worship recently at Palmyra United Methodist Church. The challenge was given to look for ways to witness to God in the world. My prayer was to find ways to witness to God’s love.
God answered that prayer. Monday morning my phone rang. A couple I had never met wanted to get married. Could I? Would I? They did not have any financial resources, but they wanted a Christian wedding rather than a civil wedding. I had a meeting at 2:00, but I could do it before then. They showed up. We went in the sanctuary. They were married. We took a couple of pictures. They left. It was less than ten minutes, but sometimes the witnessing is not a time consuming event.
Are you open to the possibilities? Are you willing to witness?
John Wesley (1703-1791), founder of Methodism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sometimes we all feel that we need to do it all. We need to be perfect, or at least exceptionally good at everything. This is a lot of pressure to put on ourselves, but we do it. It is at times like these that it helps to think of those who have gone before us who have had struggles. John Wesley was the founder of the Methodist movement. The Methodist movement includes many denominations including the United Methodist Church. John’s brother, Charles Wesley, wrote many hymns and supported his brother in the founding of the movement. They were great preachers and teachers. Charles Welsey’s hymns are still being sung. John Wesley’s sermons are still read and quoted. They are great leaders of the church.
Yet, both had their struggles. Neither was successful when they came to the colonies. Both left in disgrace. There were problems relating to people. There were relationship conflicts. The founder of my denomination had an epic fail.
Yet, he went on to greatness. None of us are perfect. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Yes, we can try to improve our weaknesses, but there are always things that we cannot do as well as others. It is okay for us not to be strong at everything. We must give ourselves permission to have both strengths and weaknesses. We must allow ourselves to celebrate our gifts and graces as well as acknowledge our weaknesses.
When we work from our strengths, we find ourselves able to do great things. When we use our gifts, then we are building up God’s kingdom. Let’s remember that no one is good at all things, even us.