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Aspiring to Greatness

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1 Corinthians 1:26-29

In my community many years ago was a young man named Bill who was a great football running back at the former Lee Edwards High School. When game time arrived on Fridays, the crowds would pour out to watch Bill defeat the opponents almost single-handedly. Bill’s younger brother, Charlie, didn’t play football. Why try? Who could ever live up to his older brother’s greatness? Charlie would languish in Bill’s shadow. It seemed easier not even to make the effort.

However, a wise football coach named Lee Stone went to Charlie and said, “Son, I think you have the speed and skills to play this game. Why don’t you try out for the team?” After some cajoling and encouraging, the coach convinced the reticent younger brother to give it a shot. The rest is history. Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice went on to become an All-American at the University of North Carolina and one of the leading rushers and scorers in the history of the Washington Redskins.

God is still in the business of doing what seems most unlikely. Paul reminded his readers that not many of them were wise, or powerful, or even wealthy in the world’s eyes (1 Cor. 1:26). Nevertheless, the Lord redeemed them for His glory.

Who is to say what God can do with unlikely folks if He so chooses?
Although our dreams may seem foolish to the world (v. 27), in God’s hands they can become tomorrow’s realities. Don’t give up on yourself or on God’s power to make something exciting of your life (v. 28).

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5 comments to Aspiring to Greatness

  • louise

    imagine what could be accomplished if we wouln’t give up or think we couldn’t do something. loved this story thank you

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  • thomas reilly

    great story that story should tell us a lot about our faithif we ask the lord for something that we think is important in our lives it will come in the lords time and that will be the right time

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  • Remember the story of Goliath and David. David had been equipped by God to defeat the enemy and David got the success.

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  • The bible tells us not to compare ourselves with others as it is not wise.2 Corinthians 10:12

    “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (NIV)

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  • Ernest

    A friend of mine and I were hitch-hiking across North Carolina to attend a Church Youth gathering, back in 1949. A man driving a Lumber truck picked us up. He said he was Bill Justice from Asheville and he was Charlie Justice’s older brother…Charlie had been recruited by North and South Carolina Coaches…But it was Bill who advised
    his little brother Charlie to stay in North Carolina..
    Bill, as Charlie’s role model, and advisor changed history… and made me into a Tar-heel fan for life.

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