But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:11-12 NIV
Who? Me, Lord? No way.
Moses lacked confidence, not unlike many of us. There’s no way I can get up in front of people and speak, Lord. There’s no way I can write a book. I got a “C” in English. And I can’t spell. How could I ever write a book? I’m not good enough. Someone else is better qualified than I am.
Yet, God knows what He is doing. He works through us. We are His vessels. Some of us are squatty pots, and others are elegant vases.
Are we low on confidence? That’s the kind of servant God is looking for. So let’s pull up our big-girl panties, let God mold us into His vessel, fill us afresh with His Holy Spirit, and use us. He said to Moses, “I will be with you.” He is also with us.
Lord, it’s terrifying to do the things I don’t feel qualified to do. Help me be Your vessel. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and use me for Your glory, I pray. Amen.
B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.
As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.
Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).
She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.
Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).
She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.