If you are not familiar with Dr. Ben Carson, you really should be. He is a true America success story, born in 1951 in Detroit he was raised by a single mother. Throughout elementary school he struggled, but his mother reduced their TV time and started making him read two books a week and then write a report on them. His grades started to improve.
He would finish high school; go to Yale and then graduate from the University of Michigan where he earned his Medical Doctor degree. He went on to be a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and divisional director at John Hopkins University. His medical career was inspired by his early appreciation for missionary doctors.
I had the privilege of hearing him in person and I was most impressed. He has written several books and there was one written about him called Gifted Hands that has been turned into a movie. But, I was most impressed by his story of discovering his talent. He said, “I noticed that I had very good hand/eye coordination and I could think and see in three dimensions.” Pretty important, I would think, for a brain surgeon. Who would ever think that such a gifted doctor would come from the ghettos of Detroit, except for God?
Listen to Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Dr. Carson believes that his purpose was to be a physician in order to have a platform to share the gospel. I wonder what purpose God has for you? What has He gifted you to do? It may not be brain surgery, but you are gifted and God’s purpose for you can be lived out, if you do your part and discover it.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
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