I want to be the Joseph who ruled, am I willing to be the Joseph in Prison? Am I willing to be the Joseph who forgave his brothers?
I want to be the David the King, Am I willing to be the David in the wilderness?
I want to be Paul the great preacher, Am I willing to be the Paul in prison?
I want to be Peter the leader of the church, Am I willing to be martyred for what I believe?
I want to be the Daniel who was made ruler over the entire province of Babylon, Am I willing to be the Daniel taken into captivity?
I want to be faithful, Am I willing to endure suffering as Job?
I want to be in a position of respect, Am I willing to wash the feet of others?
In each of these examples God used everything in their lives to make them the example we look up to. Both the good and the bad, the blessings and the difficulties.
Am I ready to have my life's events written down for others to read? My life does not need to be one of perfect faith to be used by God to encourage others. Andrea's was not yet she touched so many lives. Sometimes we think if we can't do it perfectly then we need not try at all and that only limits our effectiveness. God uses "all things" in our life. The blessing and the curses. The rain and the drought. Though it all we learn and grow in our faith and become more and more Christ like. Never attaining yet always striving, knowing God is using all we experience for His glory. Knowing we serve Him when we suffer as much as when we are blessed. Sure one is easier and more enjoyable then the other but both are service to the one who gave us salvation, the greatest gift of all.