June 10, 2014
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 10 June 2014
Just a few weeks ago, we saw the results from the primary elections: many of the votes were expected, some were a surprise, and others, of course, we anticipate the outcome in the run-offs. In my prayers, following those initial elections, I asked God to help all those campaigning for office not to forget the people who helped them, and since then I have been giving more thought to that notion.
The Bible tells us that we cannot succeed without the help of God, in addition to assistance from others. Consequently, we need to develop a relationship with God as a matter of first priority, and then, subsequently, with others. We all have received some help. Where did this help originate? Psalm 121:1-2 reads,
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Where would any of us be without the help of the Lord God? The grace of God is what allows us to experience the blessing of good things and good times.
The television miniseries “Roots” has been called “the event that made television history.” “Roots” is based upon Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, and, in his office, the author has a painting of a turtle on top a fencepost. When people asked him why he liked the painting, he replied that it reminded him of a great truth: “Whenever you see a turtle on a fencepost, you know he didn’t get there by himself. He had help.”
Haley further explained that whenever he thought regarding all the things he was able to achieve in life – something significant or truly wonderful – and felt proud of himself, he would look at the turtle on the top of the fencepost and remember he would not have made those accomplishments on his own.
Thank God for those individuals who invested themselves in you, and especially those who do so generously. We all have parents and teachers who had taught us; we had individuals who cared for us when we were little; and, there are those who gave us significant and wonderful opportunities. If we recollect enough, we can recall countless individuals who have impacted our lives, and those who continue to do so.
Truly, we are all – in some way or another – turtles on a fencepost. None reach the top by ourselves. Our basis for thankfulness is to remember the help of God and that He is our “keeper” of every blessing that we have, including the people He brings into our lives.
Humility is not a weakness, as many attempt to portray it; rather, it is a godly virtue that can change the world. Good leaders are prompt to share the credit for success. The Bible instructs us to be humble by thinking of others as better than ourselves.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves (Phil 2:3).
Develop vigor – not from popularity or praise – but from humility and service. Can you imagine a world in which selflessness and humility are valued? Humility is a mighty virtue. Humility recognizes we are all turtles sitting on a fencepost. Humility is a godly virtue and one that endears us to others.
My prayer is that we never fail to recognize the help we have received and the help we need. We all have recollections that remind us how much help and support we have received in our lives. We are reminded of the blessings that we have received by the grace of God and by the people He brings into our lives.
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