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Calvin Mills is a young African American who builds computers for poor people. He got the idea when a poor family walked into Best Buy where he was working looking for a computer. He soon realized that many families like this needed low cost computers. Starting with $1,000, he began building systems with a low price tag. Today he is a millionaire, but growing up poor prepared him for his business. David of old had a similar experience. In his early years, he was a shepherd, tending to his sheep’s needs for food and water, chasing away animals to protect them. These early experiences built compassion into David and gave him skills for leading people. So when God was looking for a person to lead Israel, he chose David. He did not pick him because of his family ties, physical strength, or ethnic superiority. God told Samuel He looks at the heart. We read in Psalm 78 that God took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of God’s own people, Israel. He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.” Early and present experiences prepare us for what lies ahead, even when those events seem insignificant. For the same reasons, God’s people work to eliminate inequality in opportunity. Social injustice should not keep people from pursuing God-given careers.

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