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Here and Now: Abbi Langille - Reform Magazine

Here and Now: Abbi Langille

Glowstick faith, by Abbi Langille

Unqualified. Too broken. Not enough. You may describe yourself this way, and the world may describe you this way too. But what if these very things didn’t disqualify you but qualified you?

The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth and presented them with this reminder that is still needed by us today: ‘Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.’

God has chosen you, just like he has chosen me and every other person who dedicates their life to the cause of Christ. And he has not chosen you despite your weaknesses, but because of your weaknesses.

I used to think I was too broken, too young, too fearful, too insecure to do anything meaningful for God or those around me. But God is beginning to show me that those very things aren’t curses, but blessings in disguise.

Nothing brings you to your knees like suffering. Nothing brings you to the feet of Jesus like weakness. Your weaknesses qualify you rather than disqualify you – they bring you closer to your Heavenly Father, they stretch your faith and build your trust…

Abbi Langille is a writer from Nova Scotia, Canada. This article was first published on (


This is an extract from an article published in the November 2021 edition of Reform

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