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Daily Devotional for October 14

October 14                                                  Matthew 9:35-10:4

God doesn't call extraordinary people to do ordinary works,
but ordinary people to do extraordinary ones.

A student pastor had prayed for someone who could take snap-
shots for the church scrapbook and was thrilled when a
newcomer to the congregation said she was a shutterbug.

Kathy balked, though, when he offered her the assignment.
"I'm not a professional," she said. "I had hoped to work with
someone who was, someone who could help me improve."

The student pastor thought for a minute. He had no one else.

"Kathy, you have a camera and you're willing," he said.
"You're the closest thing to a professional that we have. Ask
God to help you improve. God will make you into a pro."

Ever so slowly, a smile crept across Kathy's face. "Okay," she
said. "I'll do it." Still smiling, Kathy started to walk away,
then turned back to the student pastor .

"Me, a professional? Imagine that," she said.

The pastor-to-be nodded. "Imagine that."

God calls each of us, just as the disciples were called. And just
as the disciples were ordinary people with ordinary skills and
ordinary shortcomings, so are we. The student pastor knew
that well from the recent calling in his own life.

He also knew that through Christ's life we are given a wonder-
ful job description of what our tasks will be. All we have to
do is be willing. God will supply everything else that is needed
to make us pros.

     Dear Saviour, give us the wisdom to follow the course
   that you have set for our lives and our ministry. Be with
                us as we follow your call for us. Amen.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.198

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