Frederick Buechner said,

“Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go next.”[1]

Anyone that has served God and left a legacy has a story they can tell with a tear in their eye. God’s grace is at work beyond your control.

Our culture inundates us with the idea that we can choose our destiny, choose our spouse, choose our body image, and choose our religion… We are trusted and prompted throughout life to make good choices. There is an underlying premise that only you can control the outcomes of what will make you ultimately happy.

But what about the times that others have chosen us? Can good plans for your life originate in the desire of another?

Jesus told the disciples,

John 15:
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.17 This is my command: Love each other.

If you think that following Jesus and serving God are the result of your choices, you are partially right. In fact, you were chosen by God and responded by saying ‘I choose to accept the offer’.

If it were left to us, we may not choose to follow God’s plan. Everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes, but God examines the heart to see who is ready to move forward with his ideas.

It starts with God, but he shares with his friends what he is thinking. As friends we are invited into identifying and setting up people to do God’s work in the world.

God in turn, listens to his friends. If they are rooted in love, he gives them what is needed to do something great. You are God’s friend if you love. Shouldn’t you ask your friend to help you in some worthy effort?