1 Samuel 15:34-16:13, Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 20, Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17, Mark 4:26-34
Our lives have been touched by God in many ways. When we face adversity, we manage to overcome. When we get sick, we are healed.When we struggle financially, we are given the resources to survive. Our faith is the commodity that is the common thread in times of crisis and challenge.
Therefore, since our faith is directed toward God, God helps us through our struggles. Our triumph over struggles helps us grow into better Christians and thus better children of Our Creator. Our growth is part of our anointing. When God chooses us to carry forth His mission, He understands that our journey will be a rough one. But the strength we draw from, our faith, allows to re-focus our efforts and help us to carry out the purpose God has set forth for us.
Samuel was instructed to find from the sons of Jesse a king for the people of Israel. Despite all of the other brothers' looks or skill set , it was the Sheppard boy, David, whom God anointed for the crown. In other words, it does not matter what people say you should be doing, or what they believe you have the skill set for, God has given you a higher calling.
It is doing His will. It is to be done of our own free will, not based on other people's judgment or public opinion. When we live as though we understand what we are here for on earth, and not surrendering to earthly pressures, we will be able to do what God intended. We will grow because of Him.