Monday, July 17
Turning Point by Dr. David eremiah
I Offer You Work
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
George Washington Carver rose from slavery to become a distinguished professor at Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts, but one day he opened a letter from Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, who wrote, “Our students are poor, often starving. They travel miles of torn roads across years of poverty. We teach them to read and write, but words cannot fill stomachs. They need to learn to plant and harvest crops.” Washington pled with Carver to come to Tuskegee and teach, saying, “I cannot offer you money, position, or fame. … I offer you in their place—work—hard, hard work.”
To the shock of his colleagues, Carver accepted, saying, “I am looking forward to a very busy, pleasant and profitable time at your college and shall be glad to cooperate with you in doing all I can through Christ who strengtheneth me….”1
God’s goals for our life are far greater than our own. He opens doors and gives us inward nudges and biblical insights as to what to do. He leads us. We may not arrive at money, position, or fame; but when we work for Christ we can do all He assigns through Christ who strengthens us.
The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible.
George Washington Carver
1William J. Federer, George Washington Carver: His Life & Faith in His Own Words (WJ Federer, 2002), 14-15.