What do you see when you look in the mirror? Look past your outward appearance. Look deeper. Are you living the life that God wired you to live? Are you serving him in the best way that you possibly can?

Looking at ourselves from our point of view is the most common and accessible angle we have most of the time. When you are given the opportunity to look at yourself from someone else’s angle, you often see a revealing image that can be both encouraging and surprising.

When God looks at you, He sees something different. He see something He made. He sees something with a beautiful purpose and an immeasurable potential.

I was recently reminded by a friend of the value and importance of praying for myself. At first the idea of praying for myself felt a little selfish. There are so many things that I can find to take to God in prayer. Needs that I see in my family and friends, situations that I know about that people in our church are walking through. So many things that seem weightier than asking God to use me! But this friend reminded me that the purpose that God has for me is also significant.

Through this, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes:

“O God, let me make a difference for You that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.” – Brainerd

Have you ever seen God use you in a way that just doesn’t make sense? Have you ever seen him surface gifts that you didn’t know you had or bring words to your lips that you just simply didn’t expect? It’s a beautiful thing to be surprised by God.

Although God sees me, my life and my potential in a much more honest and complete way than I do, the exercise of asking him to use me for His glory and to make a difference for His kingdom is a worthwhile prayer.

When I pray the bold prayer of asking God to use me in a way that is beyond my own recognition of my abilities, I’m asking Him to do something supernatural and I’m placing myself in the best position to be used by Him completely.

God stands ready to use us in the best way for His best plans. Will you take a moment to ask Him to do it?