Would God call you a mule?

Attempting to be who others think you should be will likely ensure you’ll never become who you could be by God’s design for you.

The English writer, Somerset Maugham, once wrote a story about a janitor at St. Peter’s Church in London. One day a young vicar discovered the janitor was illiterate, so he fired him because of it. Jobless, the man invested his meager savings in a tiny tobacco shop, where he prospered, bought another, expanded, and ended up with a chain of tobacco stores worth a lot of money.

One day the man’s banker said, “You’ve done well for an illiterate, but where would you be if you could read or write?”

“Well,” replied the man, “I’d be the janitor of St. Peter’s Church in Neville Square.”

There’s no one who knows you more intimately than God, and as your Creator, He understands you better than you understand yourself! And, rather incredibly, God desires to be your personal guide in this life …

“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you’,” Psalm 32:8.

God wants us to embrace His offer to lead us and not fight against the plans He has for us …

“Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control,” Psalm 32:9.

Are you willingly (and joyfully!) following God? Or are you like a stubborn mule that God needs to bridle?