After I realized that my Major League Baseball dream was a washout, I began to strategize about what I could do that would make decent money and that would be enjoyable. I settled on going to school for a business degree and then going to Kansas City to join the Carpenter's Union to be a big-city builder. I had a fair amount of framing experience and wanted to go back to the area of Missouri that I grew up in. However, after my first year of college, taking some business classes and some Bible classes, I knew that I was called to ministry. I look back now and often wonder what life would have been like if I had stuck to my original plan. When reading through Acts 11 today, I thought about what life would have been like if a certain man would have said no to an opportunity he was given. Take a look:
19 Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. 20 However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. 21 The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord.
22 When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)
Saul, who would become Paul, had a choice; stay in Tarsus where he grew up and had connections or go on an adventure with Barnabas to become a leader in the church in Antioch. I'm so glad he chose to go on the adventure! How about you? Are there things that you are saying "no" to that God has asked you to say "yes" to? I have learned that it is never too late to go on that adventure! What if you say YES!
With sincere love for each of you,