Care to play a little game with me? Since you’re still reading, I’ll go ahead and assume your answer is yes. 🙂 Can you guess who this person is?…
Q: Who am I? “As a boy, I was athletic and tall for my age. One of my happiest memories was when my father gave me a pony and taught me how to ride it. My father died when I was 11 and I eventually went to live with my older half-brother, Lawrence. I didn’t have much of a formal education, a fact that bothered me most of my life. When I was 20, I joined the British army. Ironically, I would later become an enemy of the British”
A: After being criticized over a defeat in the battle with the french, George Washington resigned from the British army and returned to farming in Virginia. After the beginning of the revolutionary War, he was appointed as commander of the colonial forces, and eventually led the Americans to victory over the British. Of all Washington’s contributions to the country, his greatest may have been to decline the wishes of many of his countrymen to become king. America’s system of democracy is testament to his wisdom and personal integrity. Washington can also be found on the $1 bill and the quarter.” (excerpted from a Cracker Jack Prize) 🙂
So, what does it all mean? George Washington was just a regular guy who lived out his convictions and his life had enormous significance. The real riddle, however, is whether YOU know that YOU also have significance. We never know the full story of our lives, we may never know the full story; but those who come after us will. The real gem in this treasure box is that we ALL have significance. We all have a legacy to leave the rest of the world. Not all of us will be as well-known as George Washington. The position of First president of the United States of America has been filled.
However, you and I were created for a PURPOSE. We each have a place to fill, obligations to meet, and discoveries to make. Only one person can fill the position we were meant to fill, us. Each of us has significance. Each one of us matters. The best part is, none of this is a mystery to God. 🙂 He knows that we are, why we are, and who we are.
Psalm 134 : 1-24 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts,God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.