Friday, May 6, 2011

Oh What a World That Would Be!

On Tuesday of this week I had the opportunity to speak at a Catholic school in our area. What a blessing!

My first group of kids ranged from 5th grade to 8th grade. Absolutely respectful kids!

My second group was kindergartners through 4th graders. Again…I was in awe of their manners, their intelligence and their ability to pay attention in what I felt might be a difficult topic to sit for.

I was speaking on the topic of being an author. I tried to lighten it up, have fun. I spoke of JK Rowling and her rags to riches story. I spoke of Stephen King throwing away his rough draft of Carrie and his wife fishing it out, encouraging him to keep trying. We talked about the writers of the constitution and learned that one neither needs fame nor riches to impact the world in their writing.

We talked about persistence and never giving up. Even when the odds are against us, we can succeed. When someone tells us we can’t…we can! We discussed becoming the best we can in whatever field we choose.

Of all the things we talked about, one thing stands far above the rest in importance.

When God created you…he created you with a very specific purpose. The job that He has for you to do, no one else can do quite like you can.

Currently my son wants to be a chef with a famous restaurant one day a week. On another day of the week he wants to play football for the Packers. On yet another day of the week he wants to sing and dance like Michael Jackson. The other four days he plans on playing video games with his six children and his “yellow haired wife.”

When our son tells us of his plans, or when he asks us if he should be something different, we simply say, “We want you to be what God has called you to be.” We encourage him to ask God what his job is.

There are those in the world who grumble daily about their jobs. They are unhappy. They complain. They whine. They bring their grumpiness home for the whole family to enjoy.

Then, there are those that love their jobs. Yes, they occasionally have a bad day, but over all, they are doing what they love.

Which person would you rather be around? Which person would you rather be?

Imagine a world where we all worked together, doing the jobs we were intended to do.

Imagine a “church” where we all work together, each part of the body acting in accordance with God’s plan. Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics, Methodist, Lutherans, etc., all working together to bring Christ to the world.

Oh what a world that would be!


  1. I'd love to see that world, too, Darlene. It's too easy to get caught up in the whole denomination debate. If we are all united in Christ, then that's what's really important.

    Great job telling the children about your career. And I like how you encourage your son to ask God what he should be. I think if I had been told to do that when I was a child, I would have been serious about becoming an author much earlier, instead of taking the "safe" route. Happy Mother's Day!

  2. "When God created you…he created you with a very specific purpose. The job that He has for you to do, no one else can do quite like you can."

    Beautiful. True. Excellent post, my friend!

  3. Thank you both! I enjoyed talking at the school! It was a wonderful experience!

    Brandi...I have said the same thing! How many years not accomplishing our purpose! But...I am so thankful for grace and mercy, and the fact that God takes us where we are and begins to move us forward.

  4. Wonderful post and wonderful message...Standing in front of students everyday, I know that talking to them can sometimes make people apprehensive, but over the years I noticed that if you are confident and enjoy what you're saying or teaching to them, they are (most often) quite receptive. You obviously captured your audience and I'm sure this is one day when they went home from school that when their parents asked, "What did you learn today?" they didn't reply, "Nothing."
    Great Post!

  5. Thank you Lisa. I really enjoyed it. :)