Hi, my name is Elaine. I apologize to everyone who has clicked on my about tab and found nothing. I have left this space blank because I have not been sure what I wanted to write here. Anyway, here it goes…
A year ago, as I was seeking God to reveal to me what His plans for my life are, He surprised me. He told me I was to write, and to share His testimony with the world of what He can do with a life. Since then, obeying Him has turned this gal’s life upside-down. I thought I could do pretty well planning my own life, and then God unveiled this whole new one.
There are many days that I wonder what I am doing — not why I am following God, (well, maybe!) — but how His plan could ever work out. I have nothing to contribute to what He’s doing, but yet He insists on doing something with me. Needless to say two passages have become my
I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from being conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:5-10
God didn’t send me out to get a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. He didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center — Christ on the cross — be trivalized into mere words.
The Message that points to Christ on the cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,
I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I’ll expose so-called experts as crack-pots.
So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world, in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world concidered dumb — preaching, of all things! — to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.
While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle — and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us we are personally called by God himself — both Jews and Greeks — Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”
Tak a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I didn’t see many of the “brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretenses of the “somebodies”? That makes it very clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have — right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start — comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”
1 Corinthians 1: 17-31