Supernatural Animation – Underdog to Top Dog
Key Bible Verse: God has given gifts to each of you … so that God’s generosity can flow through you. – 1 Peter 4:10
Bonus Reading: 1 Peter 4:10-11
Ten-year-old Rich trembled as his parents yelled in the next room. Father drinking again. Never enough money or work.
My parents can’t help me, he realized. I’ve got to make it on my own. Education would be his bus ticket out of scarcity. A scholarship got him to Cornell; hard work made the grades. Rich recruited a ragtag team of students like himself to play volleyball. They trounced the prestigious frat squads!
Awarded a scholarship to Wharton, Rich earned an MBA and found the two loves of his life: Reneé and Jesus. Reneé suggested registering their wedding at a department store’s china section. The advocate for the underdog refused. “As long as there are hungry children, we shouldn’t have china or crystal.”
The business world came easily for Rich. By age 33 he occupied the CEO office for Parker Brothers, the game company. Eleven years later he was CEO of Lenox China and Crystal. But something seemed off balance. The groom who’d resisted the china registry was selling fine dinnerware to the wealthy! Rich restlessly considered moving to Boca Raton and playing golf. “No way!” Reneé retorted. “If we retire, it’ll be to the mission field.” [continued tomorrow]
—Max Lucado in Cure for the Common Life
My Response: I’ll make time to review what my passion is.
Thought to Apply: The giants of faith all had one thing in common: neither victory not success, but passion.—Philip Yancey (author)
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.