There’s a religious saying that’s out of place. When someone exhibits some skill or gift, or is feeling a little down, someone else will come alongside and say something along the lines, “…God can use you for his purposes!”

The intent is benign but the statement is false.

Think about this way, if two friends were talking about a new relationship and one said, “I can’t wait to be used for his purposes!” There would be stunned silence. There should be.

God can’t use you.

We abuse the things we use.

Rather, what God has for you is better.

You’re invited to respond to live out the fullness of your humanity by participating in God’s unfolding dream in our world. The things that you crave: love, justice, beauty, hope, are things found in God’s purpose for you.

But it’s not a purpose to be used. It’s invitation. You decide if that life is something you want to be a part of.