TEXT: The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
"Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant." Jeremiah 1:4-10
Today I would like to talk to you about three lessons I’ve learned from life. I know, I know I can see your eyes rolling back in your heads, here comes some pious pep talk about how he’s learned that when life gives you lemons you can either walk around like a sourpuss or you can seize the opportunity and make lemonade. No this is not going to be "Chicken Soup for the Lutheran Soul." And although I have been known to be somewhat sarcastic on occasion, I’m really not trying to sound like Mark Twain. Finally, though these three things may remind you a bit of Eeyore, Disney’s depressed donkey in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons, I am not telling you these things because I think we have sunk to the bottom and there’s nowhere to go but down.
* "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."