Posted by: New in Every Way | April 25, 2012

Daring But Simple

Have you found your niche in life—the thing you were made to be and to do? There must be one for each of us, because the apostle Paul said,

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).

For 31 years I taught young people from fifth grade through high school, knowing I was influencing lives in a positive way. But I was half-way through my career before I realized that I could function in a spiritual way while teaching secular material. Because of specific prayers I saw two hostile students become buddies, came up with simple but impactful lessons, and saw a usually non-confrontational staff member take leadership in a messy situation.

But I still sensed that I was not completely fulfilling my God-given destiny. I looked at people like Todd Kapper and wondered whether I would ever be like them.

Todd Kapper? you’re thinking. Have I missed something? Who is that?

Let me reassure you—he’s not someone you should know about. I knew him as a member of my church. A resident of the tiny town of Illiopolis, Illinois, and employed as an electrician in Decatur, Illinois, Kapper began in 1995 to make mission trips and to ship large containers of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, India, and Romania. During his short trips abroad, he helped plant several churches and re-visited them, building up the believers and training the leaders. In August 2009 he became an ordained minister and embarked on full-time service by going to Romania for a year.

It was obvious to me that Todd was partnering with God on a higher level than I ever had, so I asked if I could interview him before he left for Romania. Somewhere in the middle of an approximately hour-long conversation, he made a statement that was as daring as it was simple: “I pray and then I obey.”

 I’ve been doing that. This blog is one of the results.

Make It Personal

  • Are you satisfied that you are fulfilling your God-given destiny?
  • If not, have you asked the Lord what else he wants you to be and to do?
  • Has he shown you a simple step to take—simple but daring? Go ahead; do it. He is saying to you what he said to Gideon: “Am I not sending you? . . . I will be with you” (Judges 6:14, 16).
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