I wasn't sure where Casto was going with the title of this chapter, Donkeys That Lead to Destiny, but it all came together. In 1 Samuel 9:3 Saul was told to by his father to go find the donkeys, which were prized back then since donkeys were the family's livelihood. Saul had a good attitude about such a huge task and he served his father willingly. He was eventually rewarded by God for such a servant's heart and he met the Prophet Samuel while out looking for the donkeys and the rest is history -- Saul was anointed by Samuel and became the first king of Israel. It was a set-up by God. Now I ask you this: What if Saul wasn't willing to go to look for the donkeys? What if he was unwilling to serve? Hmmmmm. I think we would all know what would have happened. He wouldn't have met Samuel, right?
One of the morals of that story and our story is that serving is more important than leading and when we serve we will eventually lead by default. Yes, God will elevate accordingly. Matthew 23:11/12 says, "the greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." Casto says on page 144 that "whatever God calls you to do, one this is for certain: your destiny is locked up in the needs of the people around you. It's when you find and meet that need that a spark of destiny hits your spirit and something comes alive." Such is the case when I serve at the women's homeless shelter. I'm not there to be seen. I'm not there to be the boss over the women. And I'm not there to get notches on my server belt. I'm there, because there is a need and I want to be used to help people. I want to help others, especially women, because I want to see them get back on their feet. Listen, I know how it feels to be almost homeless and I want a thriving ministry that helps primarily women. Yes, it's a blessing to serve at the women's homeless shelter and do whatever I am asked to do. I have been serving there for about six years now and let me tell you, each time I'm there I have the best conversations with the other volunteers and some of the women there. We talk mostly about life. I don't ask them about their situation and they don't ask me about mine. We're just blessing each other with mutual respect and great fellowship. I always leave there better than the way I came in. Always. So, although I'm not there to be elevated by God, God may have other plans. Listen, I'm out looking for my donkeys. I don't mind. Who knows how God will move? I don't. On page 143 Casto says, 'Opportunities to serve become doors of destiny.' We all have the people we are all called to serve. Who is it for you? Who are your people? Serving can unlock your purpose, you know.