Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will. — A. W. Tozer

When was the last time you were asked to engage in something beyond your skill set? Home maintenance maybe? Perhaps your spouse asked you to hang a towel bar in the bathroom on a Saturday morning, which led to the discovery of a leaking shower pan, a rotted subfloor, and mold. And now you’re standing in a pile of rubble thinking, I just wanted a place to hang up my towel.

When was the last time God asked you to do something beyond your skill set? A yes answer would usher you into a role that felt way over your head.

I was a 22-year-old youth pastor when some parents asked me for advice regarding their rebellious teen. I was only four and a half years older than their kid, and I felt completely unqualified.

I had this same feeling when, as a senior pastor, I sat with a guy who’d neglected his wife for so long that she finally left him. He asked me what to do, but I wasn’t certain I could help.

And again, I felt this way a few years later when I realized I’d neglected my own wife to a degree, and now I needed to grow in this area. I didn’t know where to start.

The common feeling in all of these scenarios is the feeling of inadequacy. Inadequacy tells us our limited resources limit our contribution.

This has been a pattern taught to us since childhood. We learn there are great people who do great things. There are average people who do average things. And finally, a much larger group of below-average people does below-average things.

Youth sports are a prime example of this. Great kids get tons of playing time, average kids fill the gaps and serve as subs, and below-average kids warm the bench.

Corporations are another example: great people climb the ladder, average people hover in the same position, and below-average people face layoffs.

But here’s what I need you to know: believing that our limitations limit our contributions is a worldly mind-set. And this mind-set has no place in the understanding of Jesus and what He wants to do with us and through us.

Jesus, I’d love to be free of this performance-driven mind-set. Free me from my limitations this week as I learn what it means to trust You. Amen.

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Telling the Truth exists to make available sound biblical teaching, practically applied, with a view to producing lives that glorify God and draw people to Christ. The whole of our ministry is to encourage, console, strengthen, teach, and train.

About Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Stuart Briscoe uses wit and intellect to target your heart, capture your attention and challenge you to grow! You will find his logic compelling as he brings a fresh, practical perspective to the Scriptures. Born in England, Stuart left a career in banking to enter the ministry full time. He has written more than 50 books, received three honorary doctorates and preached in more than one hundred countries. He was senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, for thirty years, and currently serves as minister-at-large.

Jill Briscoe was born in England and found Christ when she was 18 years old. She never looked back. Upon graduating from Cambridge University, she began working as a teacher by day and had a vigorous street ministry to the youths of Liverpool by night.

She met Stuart at a youth conference and they married in 1958. In the 50 years since, Jill has become a highly sought-after Bible teacher and author who travels around the world ministering to under-resourced churches and speaking at international seminars and conferences. Since 2000, she and Stuart, who was formerly senior pastor of Elmbrook Church for 30 years, have had the joy of equipping and encouraging believers across the globe in their roles as ministers-at-large for Elmbrook.

Jill has authored more than 40 books including devotionals, study guides, poetry and children's books. Her vivid, relational teaching style touches the emotions and stirs the heart. She serves as Executive Editor of Just Between Us, a magazine of encouragement for ministry wives and women in leadership, and served on the board of World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc., for over 20 years.

Jill and Stuart call suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin their home. When they are not traveling, they spend time with their three children, David, Judy and Peter, and thirteen grandchildren.

Pete Briscoe, youngest son of Stuart and Jill, was also born in England but grew up under his father's ministry in Milwaukee. While getting his Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, Pete had a professor tell him that it was "a sin to bore people with the Bible." He has taken that to heart as he has served since 1992 as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three children.

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