Have you often felt helpless to offer hope to someone else when your own situation seems hopeless? You think,” I'm just trying to make it through the day.” As we continue on with the video and the story of Gideon in the book of Judges from the Old Testament, we discover Gideon felt like many of us: “I'm just trying to handle my own problems and I've got plenty
of them. I'm hunkered down in my own situations, I'm hiding from the needs of
other people, and I don't have time to even think about others, and I definitely don't
feel like a hero.”
But even in the midst of that, we're reminded of this truth
in Gideon. And we need to come back to this truth. If you're taking
notes, Gideon had to remember and so do we, that you are designed to make a
difference. God actually wired you up to impact. God actually has a plan, and
He wired you from the beginning, when you were in your mother's womb.
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
Deep inside of all of us, perhaps covered by a feeling of hopelessness, there's a desire for our lives to count. And if we're honest, even if we don't feel like heroes, we want to be one.
There's something inside all of us that says, you know what, I want my life
to count. I want to know that when I’m off this planet, the world is a little better
place because I was here.
Make A Difference
Well, we all want, deep down inside, a mission like Gideon
where we think “I want to be and will be a hero in somebody's life. I want to know that I did something to make a difference to help someone else who is feeling hopeless.” I think that's why so many people walk through this life frustrated because we don't get in on God's plan to
make a difference, we listen to the culture and the culture says, hey if you
want to be satisfied in life, get lots of money.
And there's nothing wrong with money, but if we go after that
path and if money is really the key to satisfaction, doesn't that mean that
the wealthiest people in our culture would be the happiest people? I mean
because they've got all the money to gratify every whim they have. But the
wealthiest people aren't the happiest people.
Do you guys watch reality TV? Okay, they're not the happiest
people. They are a train wreck. There's something else out there, there's
something that brings satisfaction. If it's not money, what is it? Gideon is
about to learn and be reminded, like all of us, that the true satisfaction and
fulfillment in life is found when you connect with what you were wired to do,
to help other people.
Because what is a hero anyway? The true community heroes
that we have all around us are people that just decided I'm going to help
somebody else. I'm going to sacrifice some things in my life for the benefit of
other people around me. Gideon was called to that, but so are we as New