A Calling

“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen” (Matthew 4:18 ESV).
The burly Air Force veteran walked into his house one day and made an announcement: “Honey, I have decided to quit my job, go back to college, get a degree in Bible, and become a missionary to Africa!”
She looked beyond her husband, expecting to see a new Harley and the advanced stages of a mid life crisis, and said just about what you might expect any loving wife to say.
“You what?”
Two years later, Lloyd and Genevieve Gifford were in southern Africa, teaching tribesmen in remote villages along the continent’s Great Rift Valley. He had only been a Christian for a year when he made his decision (Christians of many more years, supposedly “mature,” know better than to take this Christianity thing too seriously!).
The fact is that the Carpenter from Nazareth walks by all of us, observing our efforts on the job, in our communities, and he calls us. We might not all have to do mission work in Africa, but we all have a calling.
Do you hear his voice?

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