Dare 2B Daring – August 01, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“I would rather fail at something I love than succeed at something I hate.” – George Burns
I came across the above quote in an article written by broadcaster Jim Nantz in Golf Digest. I guess that’s only appropriate since today is my son Matt’s 29th birthday and he is an avid – and very talented – golfer. Happy Birthday, Matt!
Going back to the quote, comedian George Burns was known for many things. He was married to his long-time comic partner, Gracie Allen, for almost 40 years and he lived to be 100, despite smoking an ever-present cigar. Another famous Burns quote was, “If you live to be a hundred, you’ve got it made. Few people die past that age.”
Burns was one of a small handful of entertainers whose career spanned – and survived – vaudeville, radio, movies and television. I think the secret to his success is that he loved what he was doing. Simply put, Nathan Birnbaum (Burns’ real name) enjoyed making people laugh.
Which leads to today’s devotional message…
When I was in my mid-20’s, I passed up an opportunity that would have been a very wise career move. I was serving as a department head at a Christian retirement community, where my duties included overseeing the recreation, volunteer and development programs. My boss took a liking to me and offered me the chance to train to become a licensed nursing home administrator. That step would require attending graduate school, which my company would pay for, and then serving an internship.
I originally said “yes”, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew that it wasn’t for me. Sure, it would have provided job security for the rest of my life as well as a healthy six-figure income. However, I knew that God had other plans for me – including full-time ministry – and so I politely turned him down.
Do I have any regrets? No, not one, because I would much rather be doing what God created me to do. He wanted me to dedicate my life to Christian service, especially prison ministry, and so I did. No looking back…
My advice to others is simple: find something you are passionate about and equipped to do. If you can figure out a way to make a living doing it, then go for it. It most likely is your God-given calling.
“Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet, I show you a more excellent way.” I Corinthians 12:29-31 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President