If you attend Northstar, you have heard me say that “nobody’s perfect” a whole bunch of times.  Those two words, part of our church’s slogan if you will, are more than just words to me. It reminds me to invest my time and energy on making myself more available to God’s presence, not on becoming perfect. It makes me stop and ask myself whether I am making myself completely available for God to show up in my life or do I have an “out to lunch” sign on the door?

My prayer is that 2012 is the year of availability for myself and for those of you who attend Northstar.

You see, God has a history of using the available. The Bible is filled with stories of the unimpressive, lowly and unlikely people that were used by God because they were available.  God can see right through any lack of abilities. He sees the heart.

And what does God see? Does He see availability?

Of course, I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “Here I am. God use me.” I didn’t just clear my schedule and wait for God to show up. Rather, the steps towards my availability were a work-in-progress. And still are. The first thing I learned about being available to God means stepping away from the status quo and out of my comfort zone. God is much more interested in your availability than He is your ability.

God placed a desire in my heart to start a church.  We’d talk about it with our relatives and friends, we envisioned it, and hoped that maybe someday it would happen. Then, we decided to pray. Angela and I prayed that if it was God’s desire He would make it clear. It was a risk. A major change. Still, we had this calling. One we couldn’t shake. Every day in the 14 years since we told God “yes” and made ourselves available, we have seen the confirmation we’d been looking for. God has proven over and over again in the life of Northstar that we serve a big God and He can and does use people if they are available.

Seeing what He did with our lives when we were available made me even more available. I wanted to experience God at work like that again. And again.

My prayer for you in 2012 is that you will be available.  Because if you are, God will use you in ways you cannot imagine.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8