Below is an excerpt from the introduction to Sam’s new book, “The Making of a Servant.”
This book is about one man’s life and his struggle to become what God created him to be. The question is: “What makes a man and his wife pick up their family and move to another country, not knowing the language and the culture or any person in that country, and spend most of his life there?” A second question often asked is: “Why would a man take his family into a country that erupts into a major war and continue to live there until the resolution of the conflict over thirteen years later?” Another question is: “What makes a person decide to serve the Lord overseas and remain in that service fifty-four years?
Some would say such a life is not normal. Some would say it is foolhardy. Some say such a commitment—leaving father and mother, siblings and friends to serve the Lord far away—is too great a sacrifice. “We need ministers here at home!” they say. “Many of us struggle intensely trying to find that right direction we should take to find peace, joy, and meaning in life. Faced with so many choices, how do we find that pathway?
I am reminded of the story of Alice in Wonderland. One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree:
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” she asked.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where,” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go—,” said the Cat.
“The matter” is important because it means either spending one’s life in meaning, joy, contentment, and fulfillment or spending one’s life always wondering with regret, “What if I had only taken the other fork in the road?”