Many younger men today probably wouldn’t think of this, but I do once and again.
My best friend had just received his call to serve in our nation’s military (this was during the time of the Vietnam conflict). As is so often the case, we spent our last night together doing something we really enjoyed (which happened to be crappie fishing). As the evening wound down our conversation turned to more serious things.
He asked me what I wanted to do with my life.
My answer surprised me. I told him, "If it were at all possible, I would like to be involved in helping someone learn about Jesus." I had never given this life’s course much thought until then, but it made sense to me at that time.
The next morning, I shared that conversation with my dad, a long-time Lutheran minister, and things happened! The next Monday I was walking the campus of Concordia College in Milwaukee and talking to the president of that school. That fall I started college prep classes in high school, and two years later I enrolled at Concordia College. Eight years later I graduated from seminary and began my career as a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
I bring this up because one verse in today’s Psalm spoke to me then, even as it speaks today: “that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.”
I was blessed to have that moment with my friend, before he went to war. I was blessed to have that realization of what I could do with my life (if I had the chance). I was blessed to have parents who saw a dream made real. I was blessed to meet and know many people who would encourage me in this dream. Mostly, I was and am still blessed to have a message to share with others – the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, risen and now ascended into heaven!
So, how is it with you? What will you do with your life? I hope and pray that you will also follow the lead of the Psalmist - that God’s way may be known on earth and His saving power made real among all nations!