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Do You Have What God is Looking For?

                                                                                            April 28, 2016

Dear Friends,

What is the most important quality that an NFL team is looking for when they choose someone
in the annual college football draft?  For weeks we've heard about the top prospects.  Everybody
is making predictions as to who will choose whom and why.

Scouts have investigated these student athletes.  They've shared everything about them from
their physical strengths to their character flaws.  They have held mock drafts and written lengthy
rationales as to why a person will be a perfect fit for this team or that one.

Every team, every coach, looks for something different.  The key for many franchises is finding
an individual who has talent but who is also teachable.  They want someone who is pliable enough
to fit into the team's philosophy.  They want a team player.

I thought about that this week as I celebrated my 31st anniversary in the ordained ministry.  
I accepted Jesus at the age of eleven.  I loved the Lord.  I sensed a call to pastoral ministry
in my late teens.  Yet, I struggled with it.  I kept asking "Why would God choose me?"

I kept comparing myself with others.  I thought about my friends who went to Sunday School
and youth group.  They seemed to have it all together.  I looked at the people at church who
had so many gifts.  What did I have that God could possibly use?

You may be asking the same question.  You may not see anything that distinguishes you from
somebody else at church.  You may look at your faults.  They might even overshadow your gifts
and talents.  Don't let that stop you from following the call to serve God.

The Scriptures are filled with flawed people that God used to accomplish his purposes.  Moses
was a murderer.  David was an adulterer.  Noah was a drunk.  Jacob was a cheater.  The list
goes on.  What makes them special is that each had a heart for God.

God is looking for people like you and me who have a heart to serve him.  God is like a master
potter.  If you put yourself in his hands he will remove your flaws and mold you into a perfect
vessel to serve him.  So look up.  Your name is about to be called.

God bless.  See you in church.

Cal
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