In Elysa Gardner's USA Today tribute to Richard Rogers, she tells a story that gives us a clue to his extraordinary success in musical theater. She relates comments made by Rogers' eldest daughter Mary. "He wouldn't read The New Yorker, unless he thought it would make a good musical. That's the mark of genius I think — being utterly consumed, almost to the exclusion of everything else."

Do we have that kind of passion for the great work God has called us to?

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.