"I'll start serving at church - or volunteering for that ministry - when things slow down."
"I would share my testimony, but it's nothing special."
"I can't talk about my infertility, my struggle with sin, my feelings about being single yet. But once I have a baby, am years past my hangups, am married I will use my experiences to bring Him glory. It's going to be so good. One day."
"I just stay at home. I'm not living in Africa or anything big like that. Once my kids are grown I'll have more time and freedom and THEN I'll __________."
"I can't do anything impactful. I'm not good enough. Not talented enough. Not strong enough. Not 'Christian' enough."
"Later. Tomorrow. Someday."
At the Influence Conference, Whitney English spoke on fear of failure and said, "The enemy will never tell you that you are enough." I want to say to you (and to me) that the enemy will never tell you that you are ready. stop waiting. God is ready to use your story now, right where you're at.
A few years ago, I was diagnosed infertile. I could have kept that part of my story to myself, waiting and hoping for a miracle baby so be the exclamation point at the end of my testimony. It would be safer, more comfortable, to wait for the "happy ending." Or, I could share my struggle - the hard times and the easy ones - and I can praise Him throughout and declare His glory, no matter what! I could thank Him, publicly, for the gift greater than any other - His Son. He gave His child to me. And it is more than I can ever ask for.
Courage is the mechanism for killing shame.
Don't let shame keep you prisoner. You are no less loved by God; no less worthy You're not left out. You lack nothing. You are blessed in a way that is unique to you. You have a story to tell. You have a gift to give to so many others. You have the gospel living inside of you. Let it out. Let's serve Him, in the thick of it.
The struggle is part of the story.