Worship in God’s Word at Church Street United Methodist Church
He Uses Whom He Chooses
Inspirational speaker and professor, Tony Campolo, shares the story of being a junior high camp counselor one year. He says,
A junior high kid's concept of a good time is picking on people. And in this particular case, at this particular camp, there was a little boy who was suffering from cerebral palsy. His name was Billy. And they picked on him . . . As he walked across the camp with his uncoordinated body, they would line up and imitate his grotesque movements. I watched him one day as he was asking for directions. "Which . . . way is . . . the . . . craft . . . shop!" He stammered . . . The boys mimicked in the same awful stammer, "It's . . . over . . . there . . . Billy." and they laughed at him. I was irate.
One Thursday morning it was Billy's cabin's time to lead devotionals. They selected him so they could make fun of him. He dragged his way to the front and amid giggles from the crowd, took five minutes to say seven words.
"Jesus . . . loves . . . me . . . and . . . I . . . love . . . Jesus."
First there was silence, then I saw junior high boys bawling throughout the room. Revival broke out! Years later I would travel all over the world and find missionaries and preachers who would say, "Remember me? I was converted at the junior high camp." Tony says, "But God chose not to use the superstar. He chose a kid with cerebral palsy to break the spirits of the haughty. He's that kind of God."
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