From Harriet Tubman to William Tyndale, from David in his defeat of Goliath to Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, Jr, and millions of others in the span of history, we have an abundance of characters whose abilities and opportunities allowed them to embark on the journey to become both examples and heroes.
Was it their ability that made them heroes?
I don’t think so, but I believe that they realized something very important about their abilities- first, that they had them. Though individuals, organizations, or governments discouraged their ability, these heroes not only knew their ability, but also where it came from, and what they would need to do in order to accomplish what seemed to be ‘the impossible.’
In a sense, they had all the reasons to believe that their potential was limited by their circumstances.
“I grew up like a neglected weed” Harriet Tubman said, “ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.“1 Harriet could have accepted her birth into slavery as her life, but she persisted in the cause of freedom through the means that she had. This allowed her to use her abilities to help many to escape the life of slavery and bondage. As we know, she eventually escaped from slavery, and ended up conducting the Underground Railroad, leading herself and others to freedom from captivity. In the end, she realized the true strength and source of her accomplishment: “Twasn’t me, ’twas the Lord! I always told Him, ‘I trust to you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect You to lead me,’ an’ He always did.“2
In the first book of Samuel in the Old Testament, Saul spoke to David about the Philistine Goliath: “thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth” (1 Samuel 17:33). David could have used his youth as an excuse for inexperience and lack of confidence in God and what God could do with his abilities.
But he didn’t. David responded in a most confident manner by telling Saul of his experience in fighting off a lion and a bear to protect the sheep. David then boldly exclaimed, “The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37). Using his abilities and experience, a stone, his sling shot, and the power of God, David overcame the mighty Goliath.
All of these heroes are examples of people who are able, but this alone doesn’t ensure an easy path to hero. It is what we do with our abilities and what we allow God to do with our offering that leaves the possibility to make a true hero.
Even in the most unfavorable of circumstances, we have the opportunity to rise above the odds, as well as our doubts, inadequacies, and insecurities.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), said, “Though we all have weaknesses, we can overcome them. Indeed it is by the grace of God that, if we humble ourselves and have faith, weak things can become strong. Throughout our lives, God’s grace bestows temporal blessings and spiritual gifts that magnify our abilities and enrich our lives. His grace refines us. His grace helps us become our best selves.”3
One way that we can rise above all of that today is by using the resources that have been given to us, especially the internet and all of the incredibly useful technology that is available. Though many think of the internet as one that disables, or a stumbling block, it can very well be for us what it was for David- a victory rock; a stepping stone; an enabler.
This is the purpose of ABLE- to inspire, encourage, and enable YOU. ABLE aims to enable you by inspiring and encouraging you to live A Better Life Every day.
Lorenzo Snow, an early Mormon prophet once said, “Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today.”4 This is our hope- to provide material that will help you to become a little bit better than you were yesterday.
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