April 08: When God Looks at a Résumé
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Sometimes people will say to me, “Matthew, I want to do what you do.” And I might say, “Well, what do you mean?” And they’d probably say, “Well, I want to be a speaker.” Or, “I want to be an author.” Or, “I want to start some great ministry like Dynamic Catholic.” And of course their next question is, “How do I do that?” Or, “Where do I start?” Or, “How did you get started, and what can I learn from that?”
It’s a really difficult question to answer. In fact, I think it’s a question that’s impossible to answer. I can certainly tell people how I got started. But if I was setting out today, I wouldn’t necessarily start that way. The world has changed. The way we relate through technology has changed. But the thing that I know for sure is sort of the internal disposition.
When God looks through résumés looking for someone to send out on a mission, what does he look for? He doesn’t look for education; he’s not interested in where you went to school. He doesn’t look necessarily for experience; it doesn’t necessarily matter what you’ve done in the past. God doesn’t necessarily look for who you know, or who your contacts are, or that kind of thing.
You see, when you look at the people God has used throughout history—people that God has sent out on great mission, phenomenal mission, to do incredible things—he almost never picks the people you would expect him to pick. He almost never picks the most likely people. He almost never picks the people in positions of power and authority. He almost never picks the people who are most educated, or best educated.
So what does God look for in a résumé?
I think when God flips through résumés looking for someone to send out on a great mission, he’s only looking for one thing. It’s a little bit like the loaves and the fishes. He’ll bring everything else, just bring the little bit you’ve got. He’ll bring everything else.
What is the one thing that God looks for in a résumé? Availability. That’s all he wants from you. Availability. He wants you to make yourself available to him. What type of people does God use? He uses the people that make themselves available. People that pray a prayer of availability, a prayer of surrender, that come to God and say, “God I’m 100% available. I’ll do whatever you ask me to do. Take what you want to take, give what you want to give. Everything’s on the table. I’m not holding anything back . . . just lead me, direct me. I’m 100% available, and I will do whatever you ask me to do.
Those are the people God uses. God answers that prayer every single time. Never once in the history of the world did God not answer that prayer. That’s a prayer he answers.
And so the question for today: How available are you to God at this time in your life? 20%? 50%? 86%? 96.4%? And what’s stopping you from making yourself 100% available? And is it really worth it? I mean, is it really worth it? When you think about what you’re missing out on from making yourself 100% available, whatever it is you’re holding on for, is it really worth it?
Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness
Make yourself 100% available to God and incredible things will happen.
Pray this prayer of transformation every day for nine days.
I come to you today to make myself 100% available to you.
I lay everything I have and everything I am at your feet.
Take what you want to take,
and give what you want to give.
Command me in all things.
I will do whatever you ask me to do.
Transform me and transform my life,
so that I may become the-best-version-of-myself
and lead others to you with my life and my love!
Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Catherine Troll. Catherine is one of our copywriters and comes to us from Somerset, Pennsylvania. Catherine enjoys ice skating and playing piano, is fascinated by grammar, and was an excellent broomball player back in her day.
How available are you to God at this time in your life?
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