Week 23: Friday – Onwards & Upwards



Isaiah 43:19

19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.


If there is something that should keep us as we forge on through the journey that God has given us, it is that there is always something to do. When we look at Romans 8, we are brought to the spirit that we were given. We were made to be more than conquerors. If conquerors were focused on building up their power, we were made to be even higher than that. What is higher? To affect the world in such a way that God is seen through our lives. We might not think it much right now, but God has created each and every one of us to be movers and shakers in this world. Each one of us have a particular skill set that can be used to touch our surroundings. Looking back at the great stories of history, I cannot help but remember George Washington Carver, who asked the Lord for the secrets of the universe but was given the peanut in return. What did he produce? Hundreds of usable products derived from a single peanut. Much is possible to be done using a lowly peanut, only if the man who holds it has a vision.


Many people reading this page are doing so with the aid of bifocals.

Inventor? Benjamin Franklin, age 79.

The presses that printed this page were powered by electricity. One of the first harnessers? B. Franklin, age 40.

Some are reading this on the campus of one of the Ivy League universities. Founder? B. Franklin, age 45.

Others, in a library. Who founded the first library in America? B. Franklin, age 25.

Who started the first fire department? B. Franklin, age 31.

Who invented the lightning rod? B. Franklin, age 43.

Who designed a heating stove still in use today? B. Franklin, age 36.

Wit. Conversationalist. Economist. Philosopher. Diplomat. Printer. Publisher. Linguist (he spoke and wrote five languages). Advocate of paratroopers (from balloons) a century before the airplane was invented. All this until age 84.

And he had exactly two years of formal schooling. It’s a good bet that you already have more sheer knowledge than Franklin ever had when he was your age.

Perhaps you think there’s no use trying to think of anything new, that everything’s been done. Wrong… Go do something about it.

Engstrom, Ted W., and Robert C. Larson.Motivation to last a lifetime. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Pub. House, 1984. Print.


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