I picked right up on that subject and asked her, "Emma, what kind of nut are you, are you a peanut?"
"No," she said.
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"Are you a cashew-nut?" We have made enough trips to the Peanut Shoppe in our town which sells all varieties of roasted nuts, I knew she was well aware of what cashews were.
"Are you a pecan?" I thought perhaps she considered herself more of a Southern girl!
"Well," I was running out of nuts I thought she might know, "Are you a hazelnut?"
"Well, what type of nut are you then?" I was very curious as to what her answer would be.
She sat for a minute with a thoughtful look on her face and then said very definitively, "A doughnut!"
What a perfect answer! I would want to be a doughnut too!
Her father had told her she was a nut and she picked out the nut she wanted to be, she just picked out something none of us expected.
The Lord has a calling for each of His children. Not everyone is intended to be a preacher, in fact, very few will be preachers. Not everyone is called to be a teacher, or a singer. Maybe your calling is to perform a simple act of kindness for someone on a routine basis. I know a gentleman in the retirement community where we do services who cuts out particular newspaper articles for one of the other residents there who doesn't get a newspaper, then brings them to her each week. This is an example of something the Lord may call us to do.
In the Nursing facility where we also do services there used to be a resident named Liz. Mrs. Liz used to ride through the halls on her electric wheelchair and when she would pass another resident she would make a point to stop to talk to them and to try to encourage them and cheer them up. Often she would sing "Jesus Loves Me" with them because she felt that it always seemed to make everyone feel better. She had a definite calling of encouragement to the other residents where she lived.
It may be your calling is just to have a sweet countenance and a cheerful attitude toward others you see. At first you may say, "That is too little a thing to be a calling!" but think of it this way. If a recipe called for pecans and we left those out, you would surely miss those nuts, wouldn't you? They are little things, but with a big impact. Why some recipes call for only a pinch of salt, but without that pinch -- such a tiny little thing -- the recipe is ruined.
If the Lord calls you to something it matters not how "big" the thing appears. He may well call you to that little thing because He knows how important the little thing is. The main thing is, whatever He calls you to do -- do it. Do it heartily, with a joyful heart, unto Him, not unto men. Think not if it is big or small, a peanut or a doughnut, just do it
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31
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