A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith


Jesus, God’s perfect gift

posted by Linda G. Howard

This week  my grandson, his girlfriend and I toured Kennedy Space Center.  I saw that one of the astronauts who walked on the moon had received a Exceptional Service Medal for this task.

I was a bit shocked because my husband, Frank, also has a Exceptional Service Medal.  It is the highest award given to a civilian by the Federal government.

Even at a young age, my husband knew that God wanted him to be an engineer.  He did his engineering work for the Lord; and he did a great job.  My husband simply knew that he loved solving engineering problems and this led to his decision to become an engineer.  Nevertheless, there are times that special signs are given to people letting them know God has given them a unique assignment.  That was what happened to David

It started like every other day for David.  The young man awakened and went to work tending his father’s  sheep.  It’s a good assumptions that he slept in the fields with the flock all night, protecting them from bears and lions.

On the other hand, Samuel may have started his day with a sense of destiny.  The Lord had rejected Saul as king of Israel and God was going to have Samuel anoint a new king.  As soon as Samuel saw the sons of Jesse gathered in front of him, he knew that the oldest and strongest son was the best selection but God had other ideas.  Each son passed by Samuel but God rejected each one. Handsome and strong, these men didn’t pass God test.  “Is there another son?”  Samuel asked the father.

“There’s David in the fields,” the father answered as though David were an afterthought.

“Send for him.”

David came and the rest is history.  God chose a singer and song writer who appears to be a bit of a dreamer for the next king is Israel.  David did not fit the picture of a king but God saw a great warrior and leader in the young shepherd.

What does God have for you to do?  Each of us has a special place in God‘s heart.  His love extends to all; and he wants us to do his work.  He probably doesn’t want us to be the ruler of a nation.  Yet, never discount the job he has chosen for you to do.  God’s work for you is needed.  If we are willing, God can teach others through our lives.

About 20 years ago,  The Special Gathering choir sang at a small meeting for women. Special Gathering is a ministry within the intellectually disabled community.  The choir sings for the community and church events.  The choir’s purpose is to teach the Church that people with disabilities have valid spiritual needs.   That Saturday morning, God used the choir to teach a mother that God could use her son who is also developmentally disabled.  About 15 years later, circumstances worked out that her son became a member of the Special Gathering choir.

There is no one that God doesn’t want to use.  God will use me and you if we let him.

From all accounts, Jesus did not appear to be the kind of person who was part of the Godhead or that his sacrifice would save the world.  Most people did not understand his great mission for redemption of the earth.  Likewise, David was a humble man and he didn‘t appear to be strong and powerful.

God used David who became a great king.  Of course, Jesus is our Redeemer and Savior.   Likewise, God can and he will use you and me.

No matter what our past has been, no matter how bleak your future looks, no matter what my life is like today, God wants to use me.  God wants to use you.



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