Today’s Scripture: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1¬†Corinthians¬†1:27,¬†31

On one of my recent trips, I got to spend some time with a wonderful little boy who happened to be dyslexic. His brother was brilliant in school, and the poor younger brother felt so worthless in comparison to him. In private, I told that little boy he was exceptional, and he was just as brilliant as his brother. I shared with him that some of the most incredible people that fill the pages of history were dyslexic. The smile that brightened his face was priceless.

There are times in life when we are assigned to work with someone who seems far more put together than we are, or maybe we have a family member that is more talented than we are in the one thing we think we can do well. The thought that we are of little value compared to them disheartens us and sends our worth shattering to the ground. Friend, I can honestly tell you I believe God created each one of us with something or many things within us that are extraordinary. He formed each of us for specific purposes, and no one is any better than anyone else.

If you still have your doubts, look at all of these people who had dyslexia yet stepped out and made an impact: Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Leonardo DaVinci, George Washington, Woodrow Wilson, and Henry Ford. The list goes on and on. Most of these men did not even have God on their side, so imagine what you can accomplish with Him behind you. You may not even have dyslexia; you may just suffer from fear of not being good enough. Do not believe the lie that Satan whispers in your ear when he says that you are unable to make a difference or you should just hide beneath a rock and let a “talented” person do it. Take hold of the courage that only God can give you, and choose to offer it for His service. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain eternally when you give Him what you have to do with as He pleases. It will take faith and boldness, but it will give God great glory. He can work through your weakness if you let Him. Remember, you are not called to live with a spirit of fear but of power.

Ask the Lord to direct you in how to use the gifts He has given you. When He presents you with an opportunity, grab hold of it, and give it everything you’ve got. Without Him you can do nothing, but with Him, you can do anything.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder