An Inside Job – Boring to Meaningful
Doug Wendel is a Navigator staff representative ministering to East Asian students at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Asian Americans are the fastest growing of U.S. ethnic groups, currently numbering some 11 million. This number is expected to quadruple to 40 million within 40 years.
Doug’s all time favorite movie is Chariots of Fire. He likes to read books about the Civil War or World War II.
What He Said…Boring to Meaningful
As a 19-year-old, my self-centered life in the U.S. Air Force was characterized by dissatisfaction. I worked at a “boring” desk job and lived around other unhappy airmen who gave themselves to all sorts of sinful pleasures.
Then one night I heard a clear presentation of the gospel and placed my trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I asked God to take away my sinful, self-centered desires and replace them with His desires for me.
The next morning when I awoke, I was still living among unhappy neighbors and I worked at the same desk job. My outward circumstances hadn’t changed a bit, but over the weeks and months that followed, my inner attitudes changed.
My desk job became a place to learn endurance, to share my new faith in Christ, and to glorify God. I began to see my neighbors as lost people who needed to hear the life-giving message of the gospel.
God answered my cry for inner change and gave my life meaning and purpose by transforming my self-centered attitudes into God-centered ones.
Adapted from Discipleship Journal (9-10/99)
Prayer for the Week: I can cope with external challenges, Lord, if I’m internally aligned with Your will. Help me to think like a true Christian this week.