And here we have this teacher. As it turns out, she sings opera. My friends and I asked her if she could sing for all of us-- we're actually an insanely musical class, which is pretty cool. But the class wasn't exactly on its best behaviour at that moment. We compromised -- she'd perform for us after class.
Here we are, and she starts singing some Spanish song or something. It was amazing. As in, amazing. It's not as if I spend all my time listening to opera -- but believe me. She's good.
And then she starts talking about how she always wanted to be a famous singer, in Austria, performing and everything. But then she became a teacher.
"Why?" I couldn't help but ask that. I mean, why would you give up the future you're dreaming of... the future you know that you can have?
Her answer went something like this;
"Because I felt like God was calling me to. It's not all about me; I didn't want my life to be me, me, me. I wanted to help other people. With teaching, I can help you guys when you're going through all this stuff. I know its hard."
And it stuck me. She was being authentic. She gave up her dream of being a famous opera singer on the stages of Austria for kids like me.
Am I willing to give up what I want for what God wants?
This lady -- she's young, beautiful and loves God -- she actually cares about people more than herself. She put aside her dream to follow God.
And, as she said -- "Maybe God still does plan for me to sing in Austria."
Because you know what? God's plan for me and for you is so insanely better than anything we've ever thought. We just need to trust him.
Let God; Let God.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people. -- Galations 6:10a