“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
(I Thess. 5:24)
Dig deep and you’ll find it. God has already prepared you for what He’s calling you to do.
I grew up on a gentleman’s farm in Kansas – 160 acres of pastureland, ponds, rocks and woods just outside of town. My parents thought it would be a great place to raise three kids when they bought it and moved us into a 100 year old farm house during my third grade year. The farm teemed with character-building opportunities and my parents seemed to capture them all.
Three values they instilled in us were:
Like most kids, we had chores to do. But my parents also provided extra jobs as an opportunity to earn and learn how to manage money. And if we had a lousy attitude with those jobs guess what? We got to do them for free. (It didn’t take long to develop a good attitude!) Here’s a sampling from our “job menu” (not adjusted for inflation) and how it worked:
I preferred mowing acres of pastureland on the old Ford tractor Dad taught me to drive when I was nine. Today, when I look at my pre-teen grandkids I think he must have been nuts! But it worked.
I loved that tractor and the hours I spent mowing fields in the Kansas sun. I got a killer sun-tan, had my own set of wheels, and nurtured a vivid imagination as I circled the pasture, knocking down tall grass and weeds. I passed time pretending I was car-pooling my kids and their friends to various activities.
Years later, as I taxied seven kids and countless friends to their myriad activities, I fondly remembered circling that pasture on my imaginary car-pool runs. Now I had a driver’s license, no sun tan and a car that smelled like burgers and fries.
Today the nest is empty but the driving remains - with a different clientele: two adorable pooches and senior citizens racking up miles to doctor’s appointments. I still have my driver’s license, no sun-tan and “doggie art” on my windows.
How has God prepared you?