Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Discouragement is a spiteful taskmaster. There is always that still small voice that contests every victory, and clouds every campaign. We begin reliving our service and then the boo bears arrive, you could, should, if you only would have done it better. Where you are is unimportant. No one even cares how hard you are trying.

Feet of clay is a universal experience. The pain and chaos of life will make sure that we question our ministry, our faithfulness and our holiness. In addition to that the surprises of life, real surprises, will cause us to question our value and worth.

The solution is Jesus. I can truthfully say that Jesus is my best friend. I am painfully striving to cultivate a commitment to constant conversation with Him. Asking Him to change my moods, close my mouth, give me wisdom and equip me to do the next right thing. Jesus gives me direction and encouragement, a future and a hope. God really cares for me.


I’ve wandered all my life
Giving advice
Seeking gain
Even thinking of fame

Who will remember?
What I’ve done
Can I be important?
Is it worth the run?

All around are people
More successful than me
They seem to prosper
As failure enshrouds me

Sin is always present
Words seldom right
China dolls are breaking
As I turn left then right

The problem isn’t service
If my service counts
Delivery is my issue
Are my actions heaven sent?

Then I squirm and scramble
Lord look what we’ve done
It seems I’ve missed your message
No one has won

Then the words of Jesus
Reach into my heart
The Father says I’m worthy
I’ve been faithful to the Son.

Clay Corvin 8/20/04