History Changers

Human history has left us the record of many men and women who have changed the world for the good. By their influence and efforts, they made a positive difference. Some of these “platinum people” have served in the limelight of society, while others made their impact in relative obscurity.

The common qualities of such people are selflessness, generosity of spirit and humility of heart. Whether in public view or out of sight, these kind of folks faithfully and courageously give of themselves to make others better, and to make the world a better place. They truly are history changers.

There are many great stories in the Bible about people God used to change history for the better. One is the story of a young Jewish lady named Esther. In the face of an impending national tragedy — the genocide of the Jews — Esther stepped up, risked her life and changed history.  God used her to make a major difference. To this day Esther is remembered as a heroine by the Jews, and is honored annually in the celebration of Purim. Her acts of faith, courage and wisdom resulted in the rescuing of her people from certain annihilation. The world was changed for the good because of the way she lived her life.

God wants you to be a history changer. We all have a “world” where God has placed us. No matter how broad or narrow our influence might be in our “world,” God desires to use each of us to change its history for the better. He wants us to be history changers in our homes, neighborhoods, work place, communities — wherever we go and through all that we do.

To become a history changer, we must develop the kind of character Esther had and make the kind of decisions Esther made. Her life is a great model for us.

Dale O'Shields

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