“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” – Susan B. Anthony
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Anthony’s acerbic quip certainly points toward a long list of culprits. But there is a much shorter – and more instructive – list of those who were faithful to what God required of them, including some of her Quaker ancestors; usually these tasks required self-sacrifice and great humility, as well. Maybe one of the measures of determining what God wants you do involves how much the call seems to oppose your own ambitions and desires. An inverse relationship, if you will.
A peanut, after all, is hardly glamorous and is definitely lowly – did anyone but George Washington Carver hear it responding to his prayer? And just look at what happened.