A girl from a middle-western town came to New York, where every prospect promised a brilliant career.
She met and fell in love with a respectable young man of similar talents. Then, the blow fell. Her mother suffered a paralytic stroke, and was rendered practically helpless. The issue was clear cut. The daughter must return to the little town, and care for her mother, or provide outside help for that purpose.
She decided on the former, and, with the visions of her career falling around her, came back to the small town to what, in her disappointment, she felt would be a dull and mediocre life.
As time passed, her engagement was also broken, because she felt she could not leave her invalid mother. She became a teacher in the public schools, though the task seemed dull and uninspiring.
One day, a bright-eyed boy asked her for advice about his future. Should he go further, and get a college education? She inspired him by picturing what he could make of his life. Perhaps she infused him with some of the passion she once felt before her own broken dreams.
Inspiring youth soon became a zeal of hers. Seeing a boy or girl with musical talents, gifts of speech, mechanical genius, etc., she inspired them all with hope and vision. Soon, they began to go out of the little town, going to college, and to the ends of the earth – preachers, missionaries, musicians, statesmen, physicians. All of them spiritual children of a woman now growing gray, who once thought life had fallen in upon her, but now beloved by a host, to each of whom she had given a wisp of her own unfulfilled dream.
In her life, unbeknown to her, a truer and nobler career had been planned by God. She had experienced the promise of Christ, “He who is faithful in what is least, is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).
“Some people make headlines, while others make history.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center