Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid.” (Genesis 50:19–21, NIV 1984).
“For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you [Pharaoh] and your people [Egyptians] with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:15–16, NIV 1984).
“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13–14, NIV 1984).
“For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep.” (Acts 13:36, NIV 1984).
Musings of Others – “Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” – President John F. Kennedy.
“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here so nobly advanced.” – President Abraham Lincoln.
“What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” – Sir Winston Churchill
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela.
My Musings – A few among the great people of history who made their mark on the world. And whether they knew it or acknowledged it, they served God’s purpose in “his [or her] own generation.” But it is not just the great that serve God’s purposes. God has called us to a specific time and place to serve His purposes too. The world may take “little note, nor long remember ” what we do, but God will. We may never fully “know what results come of [our] actions,” but God will. The “significance of the life we lead” may seem insignificant to others, but not to God. Each of us can serve God’s purpose in “our own” generation and “for a time such as this” and then pass the torch to a “new generation.”
My Advice – Only the purposes of God will count for eternity. Isn’t that the kind of mark you’d like to make? “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26–27, NIV 1984). Seek Him. Reach out for Him. Find Him. He is not far from you. This is your generation. This is your time.
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