When the young man interviewed, he boasted of being a Great White in the ocean of sales. Yet, his results were those of a snail. A bottom dweller in stack ranks. Despite the plastic shark he placed on his desk as a reminder of his promise, he was not a shark at heart.
After reviewing the month’s results, the manager leaned back in his chair and studied the young man sitting across from him. Eyes downcast, shoulders drooped, hands gripping knees.
“Short of targets again, huh?” the young man said. He drew in a long breath, and confessed, “I don’t think this job is a good fit for me.”
“So, where is your heart?” The manager elbowed the door left cracked open. “If you could do anything with your life, what would you do?”
“I’d be a nurse.”
Of all possible answers, the manager had not fathomed that one from someone working in sales. Somewhere, amidst the young man’s story peppered with ought-to’s and have-to’s, he dashed desires of his heart against am-nots and can-nots.
We, too, can be tempted to walk in that young man’s shoes. To give up against obstacles we can’t see how to overcome. To get hung up on sandbars of doubt and fear. Or, to wallow in self-pity when we fail to live up to expectations.
Like the apostle Peter after he denied Christ three times. Guilt-ridden, Peter returned to his former life as a fisherman. Perhaps he thought that was all he was meant for after failure to live up to his promise to follow Christ to prison and death (John 21:1-17).
Yet, the resurrected Christ surprised Peter. He came looking for his disciple. From the seashore, Christ called to Peter and his companions, “Friends… .” And He called Peter back to his heart’s desire…to be a rock. Not the rock on which dreams were dashed, but the rock on which Christ built his church.
The manager surprised his sales rep. Rather than issue a performance warning, he called the associate back to his dream and committed to help him achieve it. Three years later, the young man entered nursing school. Today, he’s an RN, living out his true purpose, his heart’s desire.
“…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13, NIV).
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