I meant to post this earlier. Time got away from me. Then I simply forgot about it. Until today when I was reminded of it again. Can I just say that I know she's mine, but I was so proud of my daughter?!
For those of you who don't live in the South and might not know, a week and half ago Auburn won the BCS National Championship. It was an exciting win for us! A lot of controversy has gone on. But still, we've enjoyed it (Not the controversy, mind you. But the win)! My daughter posted her excitement on her Facebook page the minute the game left us a winner. She wrote about her enthusiasm and then quoted Cam Newton's (our quarterback) statement made afterward. She wrote:
Prissy: ...and AUBURN WINS THE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!! I love the Auburn family, WAR EAGLE BABY!! Cam: "It's just a God thing... and I'm just His instrument."
A less enthusiastic friend posted back to her:
Scotty: Didn't you go to bama? And I don't think God uses thieves as his instrument.
I was blown away by her reply back to him:
Prissy: Honey, you are very wrong. God does use "thieves." God uses "thieves", murderers, adulterers, and SINNERS! "...All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!" John 8:7
And then she added:
Prissy: God uses our past as His platform! He uses our testimony for His glory. And I'm living proof!
And yes, indeed, He does! He uses thieves! And as she said, murderers and adulterers and sinners! He uses abortioners and drug users and drunkards and gossipers and bullies and backstabbers. He forgives as quick as we ask Him to. And doesn't keep throwing our downfalls back at us after He's done so. He ransoms us! Heals us. Restores us. Redeems and uses all of the yuck of our past. Not for evil. Not for shame. But for good. Perhaps He doesn't do as we would do, He not only forgives our wrongs, after He's redeemed them, as Prissy pointed out, He uses our testimonies to bring Himself Glory.
Wow. What kind of a God do we serve that does that! I am proud to be His servant and the instrument He'd chose to use after all that I've done.