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The Gift of Humble Beginnings

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The least of them shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the Lord; in its time I will accomplish it quickly. (Isaiah 60:22)


In this passage from Isaiah, God is speaking to the nation of Israel. They were a tiny nation, without the resources to survive, let alone be “mighty.” Yet, with God, against all odds, the Israelites not only survived, but became mighty. Just as God can transform nations, God can transform our lives as well.


The following story was written by Kate Voss:

Howard Schultz of Starbucks is the man responsible for transforming a small coffee bean producer into the global coffeehouse behemoth that it is today. He actually explained his vision to the founders of the company in its early years, but they didn’t share his foresight and instead sold the firm to him.


Starbucks is known for its employee-friendly philosophy, which includes the provision of health care packages, and this mindset may have its roots in Schultz’ childhood. Growing up in a public housing project in the poor Canarsie district of New York City, he was once dismayed when his father lost his job as the result of a broken ankle.


I don’t know if Howard is a person of faith, but I can bet God had a plan for his life. God takes individuals with different life challenges and guides them to make a difference in this world. Often, those from the most-humble beginnings are the best option for God, because their background provides the ability to intimately empathize with those in need.


Today, think about your background. How did your background influence your life choices? Then, think about the ways God may have nudged or even pushed you in a direction where your background and human need crossed. Then pray that God will continue to use your unique skills and background to fulfill the greater will of God. In some unique way, you can continue to make a difference in this world.