If we had only been born to different mothers, I might have become President of the United States, while former President George W. Bush might have been a preacher. You see, we were born on the same day and in the same year. I actually had an opportunity to spend a few hours with him as we celebrated our 60th birthdays.

I had always dreamed of being a politician, but God chose to lead me down a different path instead. To this day, I don’t regret following Him. But there were people in my family who didn’t accept my decision. A close family member couldn’t understand why I decided to be a pastor. He told me I was wrecking my life. While I have to admit the job of a pastor has at times been very difficult, I wouldn’t spend my life doing anything else. This was where God wanted me, and this was where I could best serve Him.

The lost world around us doesn’t understand why we believe serving Christ is so important. They think we are foolish for not putting all of our efforts into working towards a better house, car, job, or retirement. They cannot see the benefits of working in a Christian environment, when we could be making more money on a secular job. When they see us put God first, it amazes them because somehow we always have enough. God’s provision of our needs proves to the world that serving Him is never in vain.

Looking back after 40 years of full-time ministry, I’m not disappointed that I became a pastor. And I believe that you will not be disappointed that you chose to serve the Lord where He has called you. It doesn’t matter how many luxuries you have to forfeit along the way, for there is peace and a blessing when you know you are doing what God wants.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder