Links Daily Devotional

Your Calling Is God’s Dream

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10, NASB)

Long ago, I thought the golf score I posted determined my worth. You see, for five years my score was there on the board for everyone to see. The PGA Tour has a unique way of letting the world know each day how we did at the office. At the end of the year, we all could compare what we had done with the men we had competed against all year.

Our dream is no match for God’s dream. What God desires for us is far more than we could ever imagine or ask.Someone asked me once, “Wasn’t it tiring playing competitive golf every day for a living? That must have been a lot of pressure.” My response: “No it really wasn’t. I just played on Thursday and Friday and had the weekends off.”

After my golf career, I worked in the business world for 22 years and competed for the order every day and was paid accordingly. At the end of the year, I could look at the commissions paid to determine my worth and how well I had done.

Do you believe today’s verse? It states that God created us for a specific purpose and his dream for us is to use the gifts he has uniquely given us. When we do that, it is said that we are living in our calling. It is God’s will for our life. That calling is not published in the newspapers or put in the bank.

There is a wonderful story about the chaplain for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs that illustrates my point. Father Burke Masters had a dream of playing professional baseball, but it did not work out for him. He had a .315 batting average in college but was not drafted by the pros. So he gave up on that dream and went to seminary and was ordained as a priest in 2002. Then a few years ago, Joe Madden, the Cubs manager, asked him to be the chaplain. Father Masters now celebrates Mass at Wrigley Field before each Cubs home game. He was also issued a Cub’s uniform and sometimes practices with the team.

During spring training this year, Father Masters said, “I was out on the field and there were tears in my eyes. It was as if God was telling me, ‘This was your dream’—I wanted to be a pro ballplayer—but God said, ‘You’re living my dream for you.’” Father Masters now does both and says, “I’m humbled to my toes to be able to do this and give back what God has given me.”

I feel the same way about this incredible golf ministry that God has chosen for me. Maybe this was his dream for me all along. Our dream is no match for God’s dream. What God desires for us is far more than we could ever imagine or ask. Ephesians 3:20 (NASB) tell us that he “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”

What is God’s dream for you right now? The world needs more men and women to just reflect his light to others. He has equipped you and promises more than you can imagine. Your calling is his dream for you. Ask God. He will provide in a unique way.

Randy Wolff
December 5, 2016
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