Repurposed

I’ve passed the same dingy white cargo van on my way to work two days in a row now. Emblazoned across the back it says “Locksmith,” but the doors are bungee corded shut.

He can’t fix his own lock?!

But the second day I overtook the van I noticed more details. The word “Locksmith” is faded. And, as I passed him, I noticed the company name and phone number were scraped off.

Maybe this isn’t a locksmith’s ride anymore.

There was a time when I felt like that faded old van. At 18 I entered the ministry as a worship pastor. Later, a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree from a top seminary set me up for a life of fruitful ministry. Over the next 14 years, I served churches in three different states. But at the age of 32 my marriage ended and my God-called career came to a screeching halt.

The sparkling white van that said “minister” across the back now had the name and number scraped off the sides. And to add insult to injury, a tattered bungee cord was the only thing keeping the cargo doors shut. I felt like a complete and utter failure.

But God had a plan (Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 2:10).

The path back to wholeness hasn’t always been rosy, recovery from life trauma seldom is. Yet I stand here today happily remarried and 17 years into a successful career as a public educator.

Perhaps you can relate, kind reader? Your life, at some point, went off the rails—so to speak. But God is faithful.

Do I have a witness?!

“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”

Psalm 37:25 (NIV)

God is the ultimate repurposer. Our “ride” may change, but if we’re still alive it’s not too late. So let’s stay on the anvil my friends!

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.”

Psalm 138:8 (NIV)
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Do you have your own “repurposed” story? If so, I’d love to hear it! Because stories matter. Comment here, or write your own post and tell me where to find it.

🙏❤️prayers and love.


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40 responses to “Repurposed”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Crystal. You make a good point! Life may be a 1000 piece 🧩 puzzle, but it usually falls into place. Especially so, if we are patient and ask God for help. Blessings!

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  2. Crystal Byers Avatar

    I appreciate this story, David. All of the pieces have a way of falling in place.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank for sharing the link, Beth. I will click right now and read your story! Thank you for reading mine. Blessings!

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  4. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Excellent post David! I know I’m incredibly grateful that God is in the repurposing & reclaiming business. You know me. I tell my story best through lessons. I guess you could say my repurposed story is woven into the lesson called “Wandering Heart.” Hopefully the link will work.
    https://lessonsfromalab.com/2020/05/01/a-wandering-heart/

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, CG. I hesitated to share such a personal story. Yet it’s really not mine alone. God played a big part in my repurposing and I simply must share the good news!

    I will pray with you that God will bring His healing and peace to you in the aftermath of your life trauma.

    Thank you for sharing. As you say, “Blessings!”

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  6. CG Thelen Avatar

    Thanks for sharing your story of repurposing. Such a testimony to God continuing to use us. Your story is encouraging to me right now as I come out of trauma — knowing God has a purpose for it. Thanks for your blog ministry — stories do matter.

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Kathleen!

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  8. KathleenBDuncan Avatar

    From where I say, you walked through that hard time with grace, dignity, and help from family and friends who love you.

    A failed marriage does not make one a failure. You have proved it.

    ♥️♥️

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Truth. I know this, but hearing it again from someone else who has been in similar circumstances is encouraging. Blessings!

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  10. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    Yes he is. It already informed me. I tried to find it, but couldn’t. Now I know why.
    Embrace the ministry God has you in today. Not all ministry looks the same or is what we imagined when we were called.

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    A friend shared almost the exact same words with me about God’s calling being irrevocable! My denomination also generally frowns upon hiring divorced ministers. Frankly, I never tried to seek a position, knowing it would be much harder to find. BTW, I’m publishing my own post tomorrow morning about good King Asa, with a link back to the one you did on June 28–Repairing the Altar. Thanks for adding your thoughts, Chris. God is good!

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  12. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    Our stories are very similar. When I went through my divorce, I knew the prospects of being a minister were off the table. People who were divorced (even though it was permissible by Scripture), were not able to hold ministry positions in my denomination. I was crushed. My lifelong dream and calling of being a minister was gone. My future was gone and I felt like a complete failure. Like you said, my life was like that van.
    One day I was sharing my disappointment with my best friend. He told me something that I will never forget. He said, “How can you think that your actions, your ex wife’s actions or a governing body of people could ever take away God’s calling on your life. You don’t have that kind of power!”

    “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes ma’am! God is always faithful. Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m glad my testimony ministered to you, Aimee! God is good. Blessings.

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  14. Aimee Elizabeth Avatar

    This brought tears to my eyes.
    To quote the hymn… “He’s always been faithful to me…” ❤️

    Great read

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    God Bless you too, brother! I’ve read this same verse aloud to myself many times over the years. It’s so good to know that When we stay in His hands, God’s purpose ALWAYS prevails. Blessings!

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  16. Island Traveler Avatar

    “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.” Do not abandon me Lord, because without you I would lose sight and purpose. Needed to read this and say out loud. Thank you. God bless my friend.

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  17. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Amen- Jesus has his scars too

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m glad God repurposed you too, Matt! As another commenter (Pastor Pete) said, “We all have our scars.” Thank God for healing!

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  19. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Jesus can take our broken lives and make something wonderful out of them. I can relate with you. I had been studying to be a pastor before I got sick the first time but through a variety of things Jesus called me to be an ESL teacher and have a ministry for people from other countries living in my city.

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me too, brother. Me too. I’ve read on your blog about your new pastorate. Congrats! Thank you for reading and responding to my story. I thought it would resonate with you. Blessings!

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  21. Matthew Winters Avatar

    I can definitely relate to this all too well. I was 11 months into pastoring my first church when my ex wife and I separated. I had been in worship ministry from ages 15 (my first church was my home church) until age 32. At age 33, I found myself wondering if I would ever serve in a church again, especially as a Lead Pastor. The next 7 years were full of wandering as I tried to find my place again. I’m back in the pastorate now, though I’m bivocational. The sting of divorce still hurts although I’m remarried, but God has brought me a long way from where I was.

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Manette! You are correct. God wastes nothing. I am grateful for your reading and commenting. I look forward to reading your next post. Blessings!

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  23. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    Thank you for sharing your story/testimony of God’s redemption. It’s so encouraging to be reminded how God wastes nothing, not our past sins, rebellion, or brokenness. He redeems it all [repurposes] all to the glory of the King of Kings.

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I will check this poem out, Pete. Thanks!

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  25. pastorpete51 Avatar

    We all have our scar stories just in different places and times. I have been greatly encouraged by the poem “Hast Thou No Scar” by Amy Carmichael that ends with the line, “Can he have traveled far who has no wound nor scar?”

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Alan. I’m glad to be on this blogging journey with you, brother. Blessings!

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  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes it was, Barb! Thanks.

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  28. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Thank you for your testimony David, I can relate to your life struggles…I too have been “repurposed” a couple of times. It took health trouble and a pandemic to get me back on His road. Our ride may be repurposed, but our destination in Him has not changed! Our God is good, may He bless you richly this weekend brother.

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  29. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    God was preparing you for a new chapter. Isn’t that exciting?

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for your comment, Mandy. You did not say too much, and I would never delete a Blue Collar Theo. comment.😇

    To me, my repurposed testimony is God’s story. Not telling it—failing to give Him the credit—would be a sin.

    I appreciate your thoughts! Blessings.

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  31. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    Praise God for all He does to repurpose us. It grieves my heart what you suffered in going through a divorce and all the church ministerial politics that go along with that. I am really encouraged, humbled by how you allowed God to repurpose you and bring you to a place of healing and restoration. If I said too much feel free to delete my comment! Blessings to you and your wife!

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good point, Gary. “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans ?:?

    Eight careers is a lot. I’m only five behind you.

    Thanks for stopping by! Blessings.

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  33. Gary Fultz Avatar

    I relate all too well to the old van David (8 careers later). The Lord does repurpose us and his call has not changed. “Follow Me”.

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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s right, sister Dee. Thank God, He’s still in the remodeling business! I have my regrets (like everyone else), but plan to stay on the Potter’s wheel until He’s finished. Thank you for your comment! Blessings.

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  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I appreciate your kind words, Sally. I trust that God will show the right time and place to share your testimony. Thank you for your thoughts. Blessings!

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  36. Sally Avatar

    Thanks, David, for this very helpful post.
    I became a Christian after listening to someone give their ‘testimony’ , and share how Jesus changed them.

    I’ve written about my own conversion experience, but I keep it in my ‘drafts’ section, where I look at it from time to life.

    It is enormously helpful to share with others ( as God leads us) what the Lord has done for us ( and continues to do).

    Perhaps one day I will overcome my pride and publish my testimony. Perhaps it would help someone praying for someone to accept Christ. 🤗⚘

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  37. Dee Avatar

    Do you have a witness?
    Yes you do!
    This post is so raw and authentic, one of my best from you, David because in it, I see the Lord’s transformation, redemption and yes, His repurposing. May our Lord Jesus continue to mold and bless you my brother 🙏🏽

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  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Indeed, Manu! Thank you for sharing such wise words. We all encounter times of transition and trial. And I suppose we each have our own unique regrets. But we must always allow ourselves to be shaped by God’s guiding hands. Blessings!

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  39. Perth Girl Avatar

    Reading this I was reminded of the verse in Jeremiah 18:4-4 which says “ But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me, O house of Israel, an I not do with you as this potter does? declares the Lord. “
    He can repurpose and reshape us, as you said He does have a plan. May we be like clay in His hands. Only He can make something beautiful out of us all.

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