PORT AU PRINCE — As is how most things go in Haiti, nothing happened today as planned.
After relaxing a bit and allowing all my experiences and thoughts settle in from today, I’ve come to one conclusion:
You don’t have to think you’re a perfect fit to be the perfect fit.
What I mean is that if you think you’ve got to have the perfect training, the perfect background, the perfect equipment and the perfect personality to fulfill God’s plan (or anything for that matter), you’ve got a perception problem which causes larger problems like apathy or procrastination.
You don’t have to be perfect for a job, you just have to be willing.
Someone willing to to the job is just what God needs. If you are willing and humble, God’s going to do great things with you. If you are willing and proud, you’re creating a ceiling for your potential in God’s plan, and if you are unwilling, God will do nothing through you.
God doesn’t use people who think they’re perfect for the job, he uses those that are willing–and we need to re-frame our perceptions of perfect. If God chooses someone to do something, they’re perfect to do it in His eyes and that should be enough for us. But we don’t think we’re perfect for it it by whatever standards we’ve become accustomed to and that prevents us from doing God’s work in lieu of our own self pity or doubt or procrastination or whatever calls us to inaction.
God’s perfect should define our perfect, not the other way around.
Inaction kills your effectiveness for God’s kingdom faster than any learning curve ever could. You may not be qualified to do something God’s calling you to do, but you can become qualified if you follow God’s intentions for you…and that is much more glorifying and constructive to the kingdom than someone who is fully able to do work for God and isn’t willing.
The willing will trump the able every time.
Be a willing servant and not just an able one. Don’t allow pride to prevent you being the most effective you can be. And share what you learn with others, growing a body of believers that are able and willing.
Chadasha November Heart Surgeries Update:
I met three of the kids and two of the family members this morning and they are such a blessing to be around. We told them we’ve been praying for the kids for a while now and they responded by telling us they’ve been praying for us!
For those of you who are following along and praying for these children, here are the names of the three I’ve met today and their family member:
- Zaikel Charles (Grandmother’s name is Avela). Zaikel is 3 years old and quite shy.
- Naika Redvil (Mother’s name is Marie Joe). Naika is 8 years old and very fun to play with.
- Rutherchy (I don’t yet know his last name or his family member’s name). He’s such a happy and energetic little boy and he’s also got very good manners.
I’ll continue to post updates on the kids and family members as I can. I’ll try to get good photos of the kids and the family members posted tomorrow (I intended to get them up tonight but got sidetracked today.) I’ll also add to the list as I find out more about the other children we are picking up tomorrow.
Continue to pray for the kids and our journey crossing the border (which may get quite tricky depending on how much paperwork these kids have).
With Love in Christ!