If you go to England they have a 2 pound coin. It has something that I think is awesome. A friend of mine went there a few years ago and brought one back for me. On the edge of the coin all the way around isn’t ridges like we have on our quarter. Instead it has 6 simple words.
“STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS”
Very simple statement. But it is just as powerful today as the first time it was uttered. Throughout history there are many people that have used this analogy. In the 10th century Bernard of Chartres said it to represent the scholars of his day doing great things only because of the scholars from Rome and Greece. In 1676 Sir Isaac Newton said it because the only reason his research was so thorough was because of the “giants” of scientists that came before him.
“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” – Ronald Reagan
As followers of Christ we stand on the shoulders of giants every day that we pray, read the bible, tell others about the grace that God gave us. Biblical figures like Stephen the martyr, Paul, David, Esther, and the disciples. And the giants of faith since then. Men like Martin Luther, Billy Graham, and Rick Warren.
As I prayed today, I felt like I should thank God for those giants. Then I felt something even more important. I started praying for my son Arlis. I started asking God if I was living a life that would raise my son higher than me. My job as a father isn’t just to tell my family about Christ and how to live for Him. It is to be foundation for him to build upon. Today I pray that everyone I get the privilege to tell about Jesus can go further and do more to change the world than I have. Today, this is my prayer:
“Jesus, make me a giant….not so I can be strong, but so my family can go even further than me.”
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