If you know the Bible, and many of you do, you know that what we want for our lives often differs from what God wants for us. If you’re anything like me, you also know that we can easily convince ourselves that our plans are in fact God’s plans and that what we believe may be our calling from Him, actually isn’t. I’ve learned such a truth the hard way – the way that includes frequent and forced doses of humility and a profound understanding of my need to have a deep, authentic relationship with God.
This past Tuesday night, a number of candidates for local political offices waited with great anticipation for the results of the race into which they had invested much time, energy and money. And, as with every race, some of those candidates are likely wondering what went wrong. I know a few of them personally and so do you. I also know that, despite their disappointment and sadness at not having garnered enough votes to win on Tuesday, they will in due time be at peace with the results. What I suspect they can’t fully see or feel right now is the awesome nature of God’s plan for them and that becoming a sheriff, constable or commissioner at this point in life isn’t part of that plan. Truth is, submitting to the will of the One who created us is never wrong and that learning what path isn’t for us can be as much of a blessing as learning about that which is.
We all have been blessed with natural talent. Some are athletic, some are academic, some are business related, some are in ministry, some are for public office and so on. We didn’t have a say in our God-given talents but we do have a say in how meaningful those talents become. There are those who use their talents in extraordinary ways and then there are those who waste their talents. The examples of both are endless. Whatever our talents, a life fully lived is one in which God’s calling for us has become abundantly clear and, as a result, we find ourselves in the sweet spot of that calling.
To those with the talent to win a political race and those with the talent to serve constituents, and there can be a stark difference in the two, I say this – do your best to understand that the opportunity you’ve been given is not about you. It is about the talents you’ve been given and how well you use them. To run people down, to pretend you’re some kind of wild west gunslinger, to constantly draw attention to yourself by perpetually provoking petty arguments or to abuse any element of the office you hold tells us all we need to know about you. Do any of those and you’re wasting your talents. Instead, do your job effectively, do it right, do it with humility and be grateful for the privilege you’ve been given.
As for the candidates who prayed for a different outcome Tuesday night, my hope is that you accept the answer you were given. That answer, albeit the opposite of what you wanted, embodies that which is best for your life and it contains the message that God is leading you down a different, better path. The answer will soon be validated by events in your life, by people in your life and by the faith you have in the promise of something far greater. You gave it your best and probably learned a lot about yourself along the way. Losing, after all, can sometimes be a win – maybe even the biggest win of your life.
So, thank God for loving you enough to lead (or even drag) you down the perfect path for your life. Once the sting subsides, my guess is that you’ll find yourself happier and freer than you’ve felt in a long time … if not ever. Soon that sting will give way to a renewed enthusiasm for life and a deeper understanding of the talents you been given. Be grateful for the experience and rejoice in the knowledge that your temporary loss will likely become one of your most memorable wins and that your path will now become clearer.
Hold your head high and walk it with joy.
Scott Brooks serves as the publisher of the Waxahachie Daily Light. Contact Scott at 469-517-1440 or by email at email@example.com. Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottBrooks1405