The third question that I've chosen from the legacy book that my daddy filled in was this:
Did you ever feel that God had a special calling on your life?
Yes. I have always felt that God calls out particular persons for particular tasks by various means. That calling may come rather climactically, or may come over a prolonged period--a process rather than an event.
In the early 70s, I felt God wanted more of me, whereupon I offered myself for the Gospel ministry. Brenda and I packed our belongings and went to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, from which each of us took a degree.
My focus was institutional chaplaincy. After taking the degree and working in a mental institution (an internship) I felt the doors closing: 200 applicants for each chaplaincy position.
When I now tell people at my Government office that I had planned to work with crazy people but went to work for the government instead, they often retort, "Same difference."