Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

Start where you are . . .

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I want to share yesterday’s message from . . .

On this day, God wants you to know…

… that the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best. Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you are, work with whatever is at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. 

I have said before that hanging in my downstairs bathroom is a little sign with the words, “What would you do if you could not fail?”  I have a list going, but the fear of failing, of appearing silly in the attempt, not being sure I am doing the right thing, etc., keeps me from trying sometimes.  And then there is the argument that if all of us sang in the choir, who would there be to listen to the music?  If all of us were great cooks, then who else would appreciate the meal?  And so on.

But I think it’s true that the time will “never be just right.”  And now that I’m on the “other side of 50,” time seems to be flying by!  I need to get going and “try” before its’ too late!  It’s comforting to know that “better tools will be found as you go along.”  God always seems to put people or opportunities in our path.  Or as the line in a song I heard the other day went . . . “it was the answer to a prayer I never even prayed.”  

If you read in Samuel, Chapter 10, it tells the story of Saul, who was chosen to be the new king of Israel.  When his name was announced, Saul could not be found . . . he was “hiding among the baggage!”  My Study Bible explains “that we should prepare now to step up to our future responsibilities. Count on God’s provision rather than your feelings of adequacy.”

If we consider the above message in God’s terms, we should remember that God uses people of varying personalities, experience, etc.  In the first 17 verses of Matthew, “we meet 46 people . . . some were heroes of faith, others were ordinary, some had shady reputations and some were actually evil.  But God’s work in history was not limited by human failures, and he works through oridnary people.  He uses all kinds of people today to accomplish his will.  And God wants to use you.”

                 “If the mountain was smooth, you wouldn’t be able to climb it.”


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