I have a really old pair of shoes. I keep them by our front door and only wear them to take the trash out.
The stitching has worn out in several places. The soles are maybe the third set I had put on. I eventually decided to stop repairing them, since they still work perfectly to go back and forth to the trashcan.
We are not perfect. Only God can claim that attribute (Matthew 5:48).
But God can still use us.
I often beat myself up for how I fail. I could go on a lot longer about my shortcomings than I could about the ways I excel.
But God looks at us with love and knows that we are important to Him for doing the good things He created us for (Ephesians 2:10).
Remember that even though you may not be able to comfortably speak before a crowd of 500 people, play an instrument well, paint a beautiful painting or run rings around that coworker who does things twice as fast – you have great value in the eyes of your Creator.
You are the only person like you. God delights in your uniqueness!
Paul Merrill writes here every first Friday.