Never apologize for the life God has called you to, to the message you feel moved to deliver from the depth of your heart.... there IS a plan... it's God's plan......
is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message.
It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the
details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no
background in God's way, I was the least qualified of any of the
available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be
sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.
And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over
my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is
to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this
in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all
along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches,
this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even
among the angels! ......... My response is to get down on my knees
before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven
and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute
strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as
you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet
planted firmly on love, you'll be able to take in with all followers of
Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and
experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the
heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do
anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or
request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but
by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us."