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Thursday, August 2, 2018 3:13 PM

What do you really love to do?

Thursday, August 2, 2018 3:13 PM
Thursday, August 2, 2018 3:13 PM

Someone recently gave me a children’s book called “A Hat for Ivan”, abridged from the original version written by Max Lucado. On the back of the book there is a short summary that reads; “All the grown-ups in Ivan’s village wear hats that show what they love most. Because Ivan’s father is the hat-maker, Ivan gets to watch his father create a hat that is perfect for each person. Ivan wonders what kind of hat he will have.”

Because his father makes hats for everyone, Ivan would often say; “My hat day is coming!” Each boy and girl in Hatville would receive a hat at the age of ten. Ivan wonders if his father will make him a musician’s hat, a baker’s hat or maybe a firefighter’s hat.

As the story goes, several persons tried to provide their own suggestions of the hat Ivan should wear. The baker put his hat on Ivan but it was way too floppy and big. Ivan did not want to hurt the baker’s feelings so he took the hat and tried to wear it. The piano teacher and the fireman also gave him a hat to wear. Ivan could not wear these hats either. They weighed him down, they did not fit right and they caused him great frustration. Ivan goes home tired and wearily dragging the hats he had received behind him. Ivan was finding it hard to live up to everyone else’s expectations.

His father, the hat maker said: “I’m the hat maker, Ivan. I’ve seen what happens when people wear hats that weren’t made for them.” As Ivan gathered all the hats to take them back to their rightful owners, the hat maker said to Ivan: “Tell me Ivan, what do you really love to do?”

I wonder...just wonder if we too might need to be content with the hat {gifts} that the Lord offers to us to use for His glory. I have found what God calls us to is what gives us our greatest joy. However, when we try to live up to others expectations we find great sadness. If you’d like to reflect further on this, you might want to read: Ephesians 1: 15-19, I Corinthians 12: 1-31 and John 21: 15-25.

– Blessings, Mark

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