Not For A Million Dollars

Posted on: 7-15-112015

Today I heard a story about an Army chaplain who was visiting a medical and surgical unit many years ago.  He was waiting to visit a young man who had a very serious wound.  A nurse was attending to the wound, so the chaplain stood back and watched.  He reported that the wound was very deep and he could tell it was infected.  Gangrene had set in and he said the smell was more than he could stand.  He turned away and whispered to himself, “I couldn’t do that for a million dollars.”  A few moments later, the nurse walked over to him and replied, “Neither could I.”  Immediately I thought of my daughter who is currently in nursing school.  I know God has called her to this profession as her ministry and I know He has equipped her with everything she needs to prosper in this calling.  He has given her a heart of compassion, a passion for those who cannot help themselves, an iron stomach, and an inner drive and determination to accomplish what she sets out to accomplish.  I know she will succeed and touch many lives through her nursing.  I also know that not everyone could do the things nurses are called upon to do for any amount of money.  And the bottom line is, they were not called by God to do that job.  He has not designed all of us to serve in that capacity.  He has, however, designed every one of us to serve in some capacity.  He has given each of us specific talents, strengths, and passions in order to fulfill the service He created us for.  He has bent our heart to specific areas that compliment what He wants us to do.  He plants our dreams within our hearts to line up with His will for our lives. He gives us everything we need to do what He calls us to do. We may not want to do a nurse’s job for a million dollars, but that’s okay…when we find what God calls us to do, we would do it for little to no money at all just for the joy and satisfaction of fulfilling our purpose.

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:11-12


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