The Hot Flame of Calling and of Gifts

Most of us have heard accounts of inventors, politicians, and book writers, among others, who despite repeated failures and agonizing vexation continued with their dabblings, their strivings, their speeches, their art . . .until finally the edgy, splintery pieces came together, and a starry thing of glorious success exploded into being. Sterling examples are President Lincoln who is perhaps the epitome of the person who scratches and claws through repeated adversity, but who rises to the top, along with Thomas Edison who, despite his startling inventions, has multiple failures to his credit. Take a look here at an astounding list of 100 famous book rejections. These accounts make for inspirational reading, and are unsurpassed fodder for motivational speeches and for casting vision by the leader who would urge forward his camp.

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Think, though, of the actual living through these trying processes when most working days of such men were struck through with failure, and with dark and dank frustration. Likely, cracks were snickered behind hands held to mouths, jests were whispered against turned backs, eyes were rolled, and muted conversations questioned the sense of the projects; and sometime along the way came an alteration to the old saw, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” and now the words bandied about were, “If at first you don’t succeed, stop; don’t make a fool of yourself.”

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Know, however, that within such men of success a creative spark burns that refuses to extinguish itself, and when the flame flickers and through the inky night threatens to die, its keeper bends low, coaxes and feeds fuel, and the heat remains.

Such is true with men and women who are called by God to do His work. I understand that when we take on Christ we are each to be a witness of this great salvation and to spread the Word of the Gospel and of this abundant life. Beyond that, though, there are others who have additional deep callings, and upon whom God has placed gifts, and within whom God has implanted vision. I speak to you today.

No matter how many times you have failed, the call remains. Despite your confusion, your frustration, your wondering, the call remains. Despite taunting, whispering campaigns, discouragement, your own wrong choices, your laziness, your misjudgment, despite those who look sideways at you and mutter, “A man’s gift will make room for him,” and you know you have the gift, but where is the room? . . .despite these, you are called and God says He will not take back that calling; it is without repentance.

“You can’t sing,” she is told. “You can’t write,” the critics say. “Your mind is too simple, your gifts too small, you cannot sculpt, the light bulb will not burn, your speeches are too shallow, your connections non-existent, you’ve made too many blunders, you have not enough money . . . Perhaps you were never called.”

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But we sing on, we write, we preach, we sketch on toothy paper, for beating hard within the breast of “the called” is the flame of God, hot and irresistible.

 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Verse 29 of Romans 11

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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15 Responses to The Hot Flame of Calling and of Gifts

  1. Jean Walter says:

    Thank you for ministering to me today! Love you Sis Buxton.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Thanks, Sister Buxton for these words of encouragement .

  3. tracygimpel says:

    Tears here. The call remains through the struggles and criticism. Thank you for these encouraging words.

    • Tracy, your tears move me, and my heart is touched. But how blessed you are–how blessed I am–to be among “the called.” Worth every setback, every disappointment, every criticism, every day of bewilderment. Hang in. 🙂 Thank you so very much for reading my piece, and especially for your comments here on my site. Hope you visit often.

  4. Todd Wolff says:

    Sis Buxton – This was very encouraging and thought provoking. I was up late and could not sleep and seen this post. This blog post ministered to me and has inspired me.

    Thank you,
    Todd

  5. Persevere, sweet Todd. Cultivate the flame within you. Look always upward and onward. My love and prayers.

  6. Charlotte says:

    Thank you, Sister Buxton, for this timely blog post. Your writing has touched me deeply, and I’m grateful! Love you!

  7. Rebecca says:

    Mother, you still amaze me with your understanding and clarity. Such a gift you are to all of us.
    My love….

  8. Needed this touch of encouragement tonight. Thank you!

  9. Reblogged this on Discoveries and commented:
    Love this thought applied to working with preteens. Take courage!

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