* An excerpt from Imagine the Future You
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By Ada Brownell
When you listen to a famous person, think about how the celebrity achieved fame. Never forget success is always wrapped in what people do every day.
For instance, consider the Jonas Brothers. Nicholas Jonas started memorizing lines and acting at age seven. He wrote “Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)” with his father. His brothers joined him in music and performance. Before they toured and sold millions of albums as teenagers and young adults, they spent hours and hours developing their talents. Then they studied, practiced, and rehearsed some more.
They had goals in mind, believed God was with them, and developed their talents through trial and error, lessons, practice, study, work, practice, and more practice. They are examples of Christians who achieved fame and fortune.
In contrast to the Jonas Brothers, we have famous singers who have filthy mouths and live unholy lives. I’ve never been into the music of these people, but one day channel surfing I ran across Madonna and decided to listen a moment to see what on earth made her famous.
She’s a great singer.
Likewise there’s a huge reason Michael Jackson became a superstar. He came into this world talented, but he literally lived to sing and dance—and he practiced even the night before he died.
TALENT IS LIKE A DIAMOND; IT ISN’T BEAUTIFUL UNTIL IT’S POLISHED
Since God deserves our best, it is a great catastrophe when talented youth committed to the Lord don’t bother to develop their gifts and use them to win souls and bless people! We have terrific singers on worship teams, groups that travel and present concerts in churches and auditoriums, soloists, and also recording artists who bless, challenge, and encourage. Could that be you?
IMAGINE YOUR SPECIAL TALENT
Music isn’t the only gift God can use greatly. The Lord uses special people to preach the Gospel. But those who work behind the scenes, such as sound engineers, are just as important. People gifted at math and numbers are needed to work in churches as they grow, build, and work to win souls. God can use math experts in missions to help organizations, charities, and other ministries to balance their budgets.
Even the president of the United States needs people who can project ideas on how to eliminate the debt, cover important expenditures, and slash unnecessary spending. States, counties, and cities need people like that, and if they find someone with good ideas and God-given ability to help politicians live within their means, it definitely will be a ministry to the taxpayer.
Businesses, individuals, and families need auditors, office workers, financial planners, and those with expertise in risk management. People need hairstylists, and help caring for their skin and nails.
Health care organizations use people with compassion willing to learn the latest successful treatments, cures, and surgeries. We need someone to develop more effective medications and devices. But we also have a place for people willing to minister to everyday needs of people.
We look for righteous workers in politics, defense, energy development, building, auto repair, law enforcement, television and newspapers, and film production. Our nation needs firemen, godly fashion designers, sales personnel, steel and other industrial workers, secretaries, web and software designers, bankers, attorneys, real estate brokers, inspectors and appraisers, counselors, teachers and principals, painters, poets, photographers, large equipment operators, welders, farmers, and insurance agents.
We need regular people to invent things that meet needs and enhance life, comfort, and health. The list is unending of the things God can do with your talents.
IMAGINE YOUR CAREER--CORN FLAKES?
Thousands of careers from which to choose revolve around your life. Watch people. Look at everything around you. Your spoon. Your cereal bowl. The cereal. The milk.
Will Kellogg, the younger brother of Dr. John Kellogg, in the nineteenth century left a pot of boiled wheat to stand, and the wheat softened. The brothers didn’t want to waste food, so they rolled the wheat and let it dry, hoping they could make it edible.
Kellogg belonged to a Seventh-day Adventist group that operated a sanitarium and helped people through good nutrition to recover from diseases.
When the rolled wheat dried, each grain became a large, tasty flake. The brothers kept experimenting with other grains and discovered corn flakes.
Someone figured out how to make Os from grain and to pop corn and puff wheat. Other people forged spoons from a mineral in a rock. The bowl you ate out of this morning came from products someone worked to make. Someone with willing hands milked the cow, probably with a machine somebody invented, so you could have milk on your cereal.
A person made the bicycle you ride and the car you drive or hope to drive, and another person advertised it and sold it.
When you stand at a window, look at the pane. Someone made it and cut the glass that size. Another person probably put it in the frame, and a different one installed it in the house.
IMAGINE WHO DID THIS
Look at everything, including your dinner and the clean clothes in your closet and drawers.
As we mature, we need to know so much! It’s a matter of survival to know how to cook, help with housework, and do laundry, no matter what your career. If you want a successful marriage, you need to be a willing worker, and now is the time to practice picking up after yourself and helping around the house.
You might even need to know how to grow your own food.
As you imagine yourself in the future, ask God to help and direct your life. Then you decide what talents to develop and get to work. God often calls people to careers and ministries that are totally unexpected but still require commitment and training.
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