A hundred years ago, Congress (June 4, 1919) passed the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution for ratification. The amendment which allowed women the right to vote was adopted and ratified by the states the following year (August 18, 1920). Who knew in 1872 (before women were allowed to vote), when Susan B Anthony and fourteen other women cast votes in the presidential election, that it would change voting laws in America for women?
Life is filled with vital history yet to be written; if only we knew the impact in advance. Can you imagine if Martin Luther, leader of the 16th century Protestant Reformation, could see in a prospectus the impact his actions (Nailing 95 thesis on the Wittenburg door) would be in reforming the Church, politics, and the world for centuries to come?
In Europe and America, we have just remembered the 75th anniversary of D-day (June 6, 1944) and the sacrifice of soldiers (4,414 Allied troops which included 2,501 American’s) who gave their lives at Omaha Beach in Normandy, liberating France from Nazi Germany. How many generals could see that this critical 24-hour battle would change the world forever and turning point to the ending of World War 2?
Who knows the impact even one person might have in history? History can be a great reminder of the important things that have mattered and still do. This weekend at Journey, we will rebuild a discussion from the Bible with great importance and impact even today. This weekend in our series RE, we’ll reload the story of David, the ruddy faced shepherd boy who took down a giant named Goliath and later became King.
Who can see the future? Only God knows what is possible in each persons life. You and I have great potential to do amazing things for God’s kingdom on earth. We have an eternal impact as we represent God each day as His ambassador’s in the world.
God can use everyone for great things in the world, even you and me. God chose a shepherd boy named David who was passed over even in his own family as the least likely to succeed. Even when others have told us we’re the “runt” of the litter, don’t you believe it. God specializes in taking the leftovers and making magic happen in this world.
It’s really not the size of the dog that matters. God says so Himself. When David was brought before the Prophet Samuel for an interview of sorts this was God’s message: “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height… The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ ” I Samuel 16:7 NLT
If you are feeling a little under appreciated and over looked, this message may be just what you needed to hear. Invite someone to be your Journey GUEST this weekend. Tell them we’re rooting for all the underdogs in the world this weekend. Explain their best days are still in front of them.
Find someone who is looking a bit discouraged, then say, “It’s never what’s on in the outside as much as what is on the inside.” God says so. People matter most.