Only be careful, and
watch yourselves closely so that you do not
forget the things your eyes have seen or let
them slip from your
heart as long as you live. Teach them to your
children and to their children after them. Deut.
Fix these words of
mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as
symbols on your hands and bind them on your
foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking
about them when you sit at home and when you
walk along the road, when you lie down and when
you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your
houses and on your gates, so that your days and
the days of your children may be many in the
land that the LORD swore to give your
forefathers, as many as the days that the
heavens are above the earth.
If you carefully
observe all these commands I am giving you to
follow--to love the LORD your God, to walk in
all his ways and to hold fast to him-- then the
LORD will drive out all these nations before
you, and you will dispossess nations larger and
stronger than you.
Deut 11:18-23 NIV
History is a
perfect medium for showing us how negative, even
devastating, circumstances can actually be a
blessing allowing a person to perform an act of
greatness that benefits both him and countless
others. For example, in a small village named
Sulgrave, located near Banbury, England is the
ancestral home of George Washington’s family.
Lawrence Washington, the original Washington to
live in the house, was a successful wool
merchant, and mayor of Sulgrave, in 1532 and
1545. In 1656, his great, great, grandson, John
Washington, immigrated to Virginia. John’s
father and brothers supported the King during
the period of England's civil war in the 1640's
(led by Oliver Cromwell). When Lord Cromwell's
forces won the war eliminating the monarchy, it
was expedient for the Washington families to
leave England lest Cromwell take all they owned.
In 1732, in Virginia, John Washington's
great-grandson, George, first President of the
United States, was born.
Irony is woven all
through the story. Destiny and danger are
obvious to us looking back, but to the
Washington family, it was a matter of living
life and its trials as they happened. Their
biographies show they had a strong belief in God
and way of looking for the positive in all
circumstances. They felt confident that God
would lead them through their trials.
What an example
they set for us! How often we fall into Satan’s
trap of negativity and blame God for our
circumstances when we ought to be turning to him
for guidance through the trial.
Thought for today:
God may never call us to greatness, but he may
call us to be the mother or father of a great
person. As we teach a child values and morality,
we may be preparing him or her for greatness.