Where do the people come from who accomplish great things in life? Where does God find the people to get the hardest jobs done? Do you wish that you could accomplish more in your own life? I can tell you how – “Get in the Wheelbarrow”. You say, “huh, what are you talking about?” OK, here we go!
After spending years of studying history and the lives of hundreds of successful people, I have found this to be true in almost every case – God uses ordinary people just like you and me to accomplish great things, and He give us the Power to do it. Look at some of the people in the Bible. Moses didn’t want to be the one to talk with the Pharoah – he said that he had a speech impediment – but God sent him anyway. And with God’s Help, the mighty Pharoah didn’t have any trouble understanding what Moses had to say.
Look at King David. When the prophet Samuel searched the land looking for the next king of Israel, God sent him to Jesse’s house and asked to see all his sons. But Jesse left David out – clearly his own father didn’t think that David was king material. It wasn’t until Samuel asked, “Are these all of the sons you have”, that Jesse told him about David. Jesse, David’s own father, didn’t see David’s potential to do great things – but God did.
Even Jesus Himself didn’t pick the most gifted and educated men to be His disciples. In fact, He picked men who were so ordinary that later when two of His disciples, Peter and John, talked to the Religious Council, they were literally amazed at just how boldly and powerfully they spoke. Think about it – why does God use ordinary people to do His Great Things when there are so many gifted and extraordinary people to choose from? It’s because so many times God has a hard time using people who are so full of themselves that and they don’t leave any room for Him. And here’s the sad part – smart, gifted people who spend their lives attempting to do great things in their own power, truly miss the opportunity to do even greater things – with God’s Help.
But you say, “Jerry, where do I start? How do I know what to do?” Of course, everything starts with prayer. How often do we say, “Well, I guess there’s nothing we can do but pray.” Wow, that’s all we can do? That should be the first thing we do. Think about it – the God of all the Universe, the God Who made everything, Who Is Everything, is anxious to talk with us about His bigger plans – wow! We pray? You bet we pray! And when we have prayed, then what do we do? That’s it exactly – we DO. We don’t try – we DO.
The story is told of a great circus performer who set out to do the seemingly impossible – to walk across Niagara Falls on nothing but a tightrope. It seemed insane, but he was determined to do it.
Well, the big day came; it was a windy day, certainly not the kind of day to attempt such a dangerous stunt. As the crowd gathered, the performer asked, “Is there anyone here who believes that I can do this?” The crowd was silent – they looked at the great Falls, they looked at that tiny wire going all the way across – surely it was impossible – surely, he would fall – surely that day he would die!
He asked again, “Is there anyone here who believes I have the ability to travel on this tiny wire across these great Falls?” There wasn’t a sound, and then one man stepped forward who was pushing a wheelbarrow. He said, “Yes, I believe that you can do it. And I believe that you can push this wheelbarrow across with you.” The performer focused on this man as he walked toward him and his wheelbarrow. “You truly believe this?” The man was emphatic, “Yes.”
“Then I am ready”, the performer said. “I will cross these great Falls – I will push this wheelbarrow with me across this Niagara Falls – and one more thing – you, sir, will go across with me – get in the wheelbarrow!”
Wow, now that’s a story about Doing, but just how many times do we have a thought, a leading, a strong call to DO, but we end up instead sitting and doubting, and the “DO” never does. So today, if you are determined to accomplish great things – if you have determined to rise above what others think you can do – if you are prepared to face the adversities and failures that you will surely encounter along the way – then get in the wheelbarrow – God is ready to push you across.
God bless you all! Please send me an email telling me of your “DO’s”. Until next time, keep looking up!
About Jerry Stewart
I am a story teller. Since 1998, I have been telling the true stories of our nation and those Americans gone before us. To say the least, these stories have been well received by Americans, both young and old. So, here’s where the stories have taken me. In 1998, I was broadcasting my stories on just one radio station in Washington State. Today, from Texas 15 years later, these programs are now broadcast through a syndicated radio network to over 400 radio stations all across America, with literally millions of listeners.
Featured Image: By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4386851
“The philosophy of our school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”
“I regret i have but one life to lose for my country.”
Nathan Hale, just before he was hanged by the British army
“America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.”
French Philosopher, Alexis De Tocqueville 1840
“The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated because our deeply rooted faith will sustain us”.
Plaque at the Oklahoma City Bomb Site
“Many men fail because they quit too soon. They lose faith when the signs are against them. They do not have the courage to hold on, to keep fighting in spite of that which seems insurmountable. If more of us would strike out and attempt the impossible, we very soon would find the truth of that old saying – nothing is impossible”.
Doctor C.E. Welch, Founder of Welch's Grape Juice
“Duty, honor, country. These three hallowed words reverently dictate what a soldier ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are the soldier’s rallying post to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when all hope is gone. Duty…honor…country.”
General Douglas Macarthur
“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. For tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
George Washington (Written as a Boy)
“Never let yourself be persuaded that any one great man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America; when America consists of one leader and 250 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
President Dwight Eisenhower
“Son, remember that God is your only sure trust.”
George Washington’s Mother
“You cannot lift your children to a higher level than that on which you live yourself.”
“What we obtain for too cheap a price, we esteem too lightly.”