But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 ESV
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Hold up, wait a minute, allow me to put some explanation in it. I am using the word punk as an adjective to describe what God can do to the immutable, inflexible, ironclad and the rotten.
So please readers don’t bombard me with questions of why am I bashing an alternative life style; however I will fully engage in verbal conversation face to face on any given topic.
My first encounter with the word punk was in fourth grade when I so matter-offactly used the word in anger to justify my manhood towards another male student.
At age 10, I still had a milk mustache and could barely stay up past 10 o’clock on weekends. The strongest drink I ever had was root beer, so what could I have possibly known about defending my manhood in its totality?
Nonetheless, according to merriam-webster.com, the first known use of the word punk was around 1896 and I didn’t get the real meaning until 1965 when my teacher made me look it up and there I found that punk meant crumbly wood that burned easy.
My knowledge had just improved with an addition of another word, to be used in its proper context-if only for a little while.
Now, to my point after exploring the following synonyms associated with the word punk: bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy, deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, off, paltry, poor, bad, sour, suboptimal, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wack [slang], wanting, wretched and wrong.
I now understand that punk, in whatever vernacular and associated definitions God can use to make His Kingdom the way He wants it; without sin to include but not limited to: fear, tears, disapproval, guilt, funeral; regret, isolation, apologies, dishonor, fights, drugs, drunkenness, idolatry, boredom, scars. The long and short of it – unimaginable treasures.
Revelation 21: says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
It is amazing how God shows up in a myriad of circumstances and things.
How can one find God in punk? It’s easy; just look at where God has entered the lives of some of your loved ones and friends. Oh, you only have saints for family and angels for friends and your children were always perfect?
Have you ever asked, “What happened to you, I remember when you use to do… and now look at you, boy there must be a God?” Yes there is a God!
We need to understand that God uses redeemed sinners. Now and again the adversary gets us thinking that God can’t use us as long as we’re such a wretched body of good and evil people.
Just like punk and all of its decay and rottenness, it has a use. Perhaps we cannot see it nor envision how what we perceive as nothing in our hands, yet in the hands of experience it has a redeeming value.
God Can Use Us All
Occasionally, do you ever wonder why God called you to do something for Him? There are various explanations why God shouldn’t have entitled you, or me, or anyone else for that matter; but God doesn’t delay until we are faultless to call us. Think of all those God used who were messed up. Now tell yourself, “I’m in great company. God knows when He is ready to use me no matter where I am.”
“Thank You God for not giving up on me when everyone else has.” Amen.
GOD CAN TAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE AND CREATE AN ENDLESS POSSIBILITY.