I’ve known for a while now that I’m not perfect. It took some time to realize it, and a little longer to come to grips with it. I was bound to admit it sometime because there was just to much overwhelming evidence of that fact to ignore it. A lot of people for my entire life have told me, “God’s got an incredible plan for you,” and, “I can’t wait to see what God does in your life.” I took this the wrong way. Though I never would have admitted it, I felt that I had more potential than everybody else. This was such a flawed view. Yes, God does have a plan for me, and I can’t wait to see what God does in my life either, but I’m a major screw-up. For instance, just an hour ago I was bringing in one of those 24 packs of bottled water to the dorm, and I dropped the whole package from above my head. Two girls driving by saw the debacle and were literally pointing and laughing at me. In fact, pretty much any situation involving one or more attractive girls leads to complete, utter awkwardness and embarrassment. And I mess up in my spiritual life pretty frequently as well. It is not something that I am incredibly proud of, but my point is that God can use me to help others even with all of my problems. That is the beauty of the community known as the church. I’ll be honest, there are a lot of things that I don’t like about church. It tends to be hypocritical and self-serving at times, and then there are my little reasons like having to get up on Sunday morning. I don’t go to church for the preacher, I don’t go to church for the worship time, and I don’t go to church for the free coffee; I go to church for the people. Everyone there has crap in their lives, and that’s ok. What amazes me is the great things that happen when the church really makes itself open to God. Donald Miller had a great post on his blog (www.storylineblog.com) this past week about the church entitled, “How and Why I Stay in the Dysfunctional Family of God.” Go check it out if you’ve got some time on your hands. Basically Miller lays out his reasoning for still being a part of the church. He has got some really good points, and I would highly recommend reading his blog regularly. The church is not only an instrument that God can do incredible things through, too often we forget that we are Christ’s bride. No relationship is perfect, and our relationship with Him certainly isn’t, but that doesn’t mean it can’t improve. God is working and will do great things if we’re open to Him. In the Bible God used a st-st-stutterer, an adulterer, a murderer, a terrorist, and even a prostitute to do His will. Shoot, God even spoke through Balaam’s…um…donkey. So, in conclusion, let’s keep our eyes open to what God has to do in the world around us.