Supernatural Animation – Thrill Zone
Key Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Bonus Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:10-14
[continued from yesterday] Mission field? Rich chuckled. What work of God needs a whiz at budgets and flow charts? World Vision. They called in 1998: Would you become our CEO? Rich knew this ministry championed the cause of the poor. But why did they want him to take a 75 percent pay cut to head, not a business, but a ministry? He declined.
World Vision persisted, persuading Rich to take a day-long skills inventory. The results convinced its board that Rich was made for the job. “This is a chance to marry your gifts with God’s call,” urged board member Bill Hybels. “When you do that, you enter the zone in which you were made to live.” Rich prayed—and took the leap, swapping porcelain sales for relief efforts, marketing meetings for strategy sessions on AIDS.
Has he regretted it? “This is the fulfillment of who I was created to be,” Rich Stearns insists. He quotes today’s Key Bible Verse. “Looking back, I can see the plan. I wonder why I waited 23 years.”
World Vision has no regrets either. In Rich’s first six years, its annual budget jumped from $350- to $807 million, making it the largest relief organization ever. Now the underdog from Syracuse helps the world’s underdogs—and loves every minute.
—Max Lucado in Cure for the Common Life
My Response: How may fulfillment be different from fun?
Thought to Apply: I became my own only when I gave myself to Another.—C.S. Lewis (British scholar & apologist)
Adapted from Cure for the Common Life (W Publishing, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: You designed me, Lord. Show me how my potential can be fully harnessed for Your kingdom.