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The other day I met a grandmother. She and I got to talking about her grandson. She was anxious about his well being. The grandson, who is 9 years old, was in school. He was in bull riding school. She watched from the stands with me as her grandson was helped onto and then rode bulls. This was his first weekend of riding bulls. He had ridden sheep before, but he was changing to bulls. He had turned nine the day before.
His grandmother confided that she was more than a little anxious about this new activity. She had asked him previously about his reasons. “Why ride bulls?” she questioned. He said that he had to. He finally told her that Jesus had put it into his heart, and there was just nothing else that he could do but ride bulls. She said she did not have an argument for that.
How many of us believe that God is speaking directly to us, calling us to do something? This boy believed it and acted on that calling. Most of us ignore God’s callings. We ignore the drives, passions, and still small voice so often that we can no longer hear God’s calling. We are experts at tuning out God’s voice. We are practicing a form of selective hearing.
We need to open ourselves up to the possibilities that God is putting into our lives. We need to develop some of those passions and interests that are within us that we just dismiss far too often. God is calling us. God has a plan for each one of us. The plan uses the gifts and talents that God has given us so that we can give glory to God.
Listen for God’s calling. See what interest you have. See who God puts in your path. Trust God to provide you with the resources to do what it is that God wants you to do. God has a purpose for you, for me, and for a nine-year old with an anxious Grandma.