I Have Nothing to Offer to God or His People

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  1. Garrett says:

    Hey Ryan, I recall fairly well when you went through this struggle 14 ish years ago. I recall your now wife gave you a book to encourage you. The book if I recall went through some of the biblical characters such as David, Moses, Saul/Paul, Peter that had so grievously sinned against our God and His Grace. I think that one of the best fights against this feeling that we all go through is to remember that “with man it is impossible, but with God nothing is impossible.” A lot has indeed happened in the past decade and a half. Goals that we had have not come to be, yet God in His Sovereign providence has put us where we are to serve Him. And remember that serving Him, “kingdom work”, does not always mean doing something to the conversion of a stranger, or upholding a brother in our church. Kingdom work starts in our own home, you have been blessed with a wife and children, provide for them, teach them, encourage them, expound to them the Word of God and you are on your way in doing what is your desire to serve. Using our talents for God’s glory is being a godly husband father employee. The most important thing is that in all we do we do as unto Him.

    And by the way, during that time about 14 years ago when you thought you had nothing to give for the Lord, you taught me a lot, and encouraged me a lot in my faith, in my journey as a pilgrim on this earth. So I encourage you, continue to pray, continue to read, continue to teach, continue to be a husband and father that seeks after the Lord, and while you do these things know that even when you do not feel fruitful, the Lord could still be using you, He has before and He is faithful and changes not. Cling to and plead the promises.

    Blessings to you and your family,

  2. One Christian Dad says:

    Hi Garrett,
    It has been a long time since our midnight drives – I miss them and you! I hope you and your family are well. Thank you for your encouragement, I am glad that I could be an encouragement to you in our earlier years as well. That book you mentioned is “Never Beyond Hope” by J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom. A very good read. I recently read it again. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.