Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I have to be honest with you right up front, I am truly humbled to have been asked to share this post with you. The first question I was asked to answer was “Who are you?” Well, I’ve been asking myself that question for a really long time: Who am I? It turns out that the answer is still evolving, but here’s what I know so far: My name is Rev. Dr. Christina Hosler, known to my family and friends as Tina (except to my nephews, who call me Rev. Dr. Aunt Tina ).
I am a minister, a Spiritual Director, a Christian Life Coach, and a musician. I am also an introverted contemplative trying to lead a congregation of 200 people through a pandemic. I have a newfound respect for Moses as he led the Israelites through the wilderness!
While all of those things are true about me, here’s who I really am: I am a screw-up, plain and simple. Just like the Apostle Paul, I do the things I know I shouldn’t, and I don’t always do the things I know I should. I try to live up to my God-given potential, but I often fail miserably. Boy, it feels good to get that off my chest. Confession is good for the soul, right?
But here’s the thing that amazes me every day - despite my insecurities and imperfections, God still uses me. God has taken all of my mistakes, all of my flaws, and He has turned them into lessons about forgiveness and grace. God has taught me that above all else, I am a child of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to get up every day and live in to my calling, which is not perfection, merely faithfulness. And when I fail, there is grace yet again. Second Corinthians 12:9 reminds me that His grace is sufficient for me; for His power is made perfect in weakness. Hallelujah!