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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 07:00

God Called Me..... A story from Rosie

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In the year that Miss Congeniality came out in cinemas and we all laughed at Sandra Bullock being an FBI agent who was a completely unsuitable entrant in a beauty contest, I entered the Miss Temora Showgirl Competition…and with similar reactions!

The Miss Showgirl competition is most emphatically not a beauty contest. The Sydney Royal Easter Show website says, “The contestants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation and speech.” Those who win have shown they care about their rural community and wish to elevate the profile of women in the agricultural sector by articulating their opinions on issues that are particularly important to their local community. Finalists compete at further levels until reaching The Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Well, in 2000 I was one of seven entrants competing for the title of Miss Temora Showgirl and to everyone’s complete surprise, I won! I think I was most shocked…or maybe my parents were.  I mean, we don’t even have any photos of me on the actual night because Mum and Dad didn’t dream of needing to bring a camera! The photo here is the one that appeared in the local newspaper a few days later.

That’s the story of a Christian’s life though, in a way, and even more so for those of us in consecrated life. It’s often the unlikely ones that God calls to be his ambassadors (the Bible is strewn with such examples) as God sees something in us that others don’t.  The challenge of our lives is to live up to what we are called to be.

In the Miss Showgirl competition, I was judged on my personality, confidence, knowledge, presentation and speech.  Aren’t we as Christians judged on just that by the rest of the world?  And even more so when we set out on the “way of perfection” in consecrated life.  

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded” - Luke 12:48.

I am constantly aware that I represent much more than just myself.  When people judge me, they are really putting on trial the God I am the ambassador of, a God who wishes to raise the profile of the weakest in our community and who is clearly concerned about every issue that people face in life. Yes, it is a tough call, but so worth it. I’m honoured to be chosen by Jesus to be his ambassador, and I believe in myself much more precisely because of his unlikely choice of me.

And I really do want world peace.

Rosie Drum