Jimmy paid me an unexpected visit one day. Inviting himself into my office, he sat down and we began to talk. I had been going through one of my periodic episodes of frustration with clients and the job in general, and he sensed it.
He gave me this advice: When someone calls you, treat them as if God told them to call.
His point: God has placed you in a position of trust. If someone calls you, it’s because God knows you can help that person. You should be honored by that. God trusts you enough to send someone to you that you can help.
I confess to not ever considering that possibility. God sends us on divine appointments. Although it’s true that he could solve every irritation and irrationality in the world by pushing magic buttons near his heavenly throne, he’ll often instead work through his broken vessels of clay.
The fact is, much of the work that God does, he does through such broken vessels. He wants us to get in the game and not in the bleacher seats. We are to preach the Gospel to all the world. We’re to be lights and salt. We’re to love our neighbors and do good to our enemies.
And I have come to believe down to my toes that God really does intersect our lives every day and sends us to people he wants us to help.
Excerpted from The Sabbath Morning Companion, October 31, 2008, by Lenny Cacchio.
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