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You Can Do It! I Know the Winner and They are You

Updated on November 22, 2011

Isn’t it a strange phenomenon? There must be a first, always a first… then the path is cleared and opened wide for the rest....

Inspired by a great feat, my school recently held the inauguration for our 1st female president: Dr. Andrea P. Cook. It made me think - I CAN DO IT!!! I can be a 1st too. This event made me remember other first's as well...

 

1989 Tiananmen Square Protests

Stand Still and See the Salvation of the Lord- Moses Parts the Red Sea

MLK We Shall Over Come

Bannister Breaks the Barrier of 4 minute Mile

Rarely is there ever a ‘group’ of people who wrench open doors, tear down walls, or blast through ceilings to make needed change. No, it usually starts with just one individual.

Although it's not a race, they are the winner. That one who will stand in the gap for the many. He or she acts as a lone ranger without any Tonto for back up. They are valiant, brave, or just plain crazy enough to risk everything to right the wrongs that threaten the future of the many. For some reason these individuals make a conscious choice to face the giant that holds the prize just out of reach.

Why they choose to be first in line is beyond understanding. If you know the answer you are in a blessed minority. People are ‘pack’ like creatures, specifically fashioned for relationship and community. We move together in groups knowing that there is safety our numbers. We, the “huddled masses yearning to be free” sit quietly and pray for the day when the ‘Chosen One’ will step out from amongst us and champion our cause; whatever it may be.

This one who decides to break away from the pack, just long enough to challenge the enemy on our behalf. But their contribution inspires others...

Yes, surprisingly, others who never dreamed they had it in them will follow in their (your) footsteps. Strengthened and renewed by the sacrifice of the ‘One’, whole groups of people who up until that very moment chose to sit idly by murmuring and complaining, or with heads and hands hanging down, or others still, who simply had given up long ago. They begin to awaken; yawning and stretching, they shake their heavy heads as if to stir up their idle minds for the first time in ages.

Who are these brave individuals, why do they take risks for others?

I am reminded of King David who propelled a small rock at the weakest point on the strongest of giants.

Of Martin Luther King Jr. who knew that his life might be cut short but moved forward with a nonviolent, yet confrontational message for the joining of hands across color, race, and creed.

I am reminded of Moses who woke up a nation, parted a sea, and led forth a people whom had bowed their heads in submission and slavery to a hard task master for far too long.

Of the anonymous student June 5, 1989, who stood in the way of army tanks, block their decent upon the city, standing up for democracy and crying out against communism.

And even Roger Banister; warned that it would explode a human heart to run a mile in under 4 minutes, yet he did, now runners speed past this record he opened the door to.

I am reminded of Jesus who did too many great things to even recount in one book, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John21:25) Yet He said "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” (John14:12)

I believe you and I have it inside of us. There is something we face today or tomorrow, or even months down the road. A challenge is awaiting us. Faith? Freedom? Money issues? Health? Relationships? Ministry? Business? Back to School with the Loans to Prove it? We may know exactly what it is, or it may come as a surprise. We have it in us to stand up and be counted, do the right thing, make the first move, or act on the behalf of others. It is a conscious choice.

So whether we are the first to stand, or the one inspired by someone else, just stand! You've won just by standing up.Your contribution may be that precious gift from God and the “greater works” the world needs to finally turn on the ignition for a necessary change.

 

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    • steffsings profile imageAUTHOR

      steffsings 

      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Thank you C.J. you are an awesome writer and I really appreciate you stopping by.

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      C.J. Wright 

      9 years ago

      Very inspiring. Well written. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    • steffsings profile imageAUTHOR

      steffsings 

      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Thank you for your comments MM, I could not have said it better! We do have the power to be the role models! Amen!

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Steffsings. This is so inspiring I know it's going to influence my dreams tonight! In today's world of disgraced politicians and misbehaving stars (actors, sports, you name it) it's refreshing to think about true role models and realize WE have the power to be the role models, too!

      Nice hub. MM

    • steffsings profile imageAUTHOR

      steffsings 

      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Thank you for stopping by,I have been so inspired by your writings, I truly appreciate your comments.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Steffsings, What an encouraging hub with great examples! I am with Maggs as well "Perfect love casts out fear, so love is the answer." Nice job! As you stated: "So whether we are the first to stand, or the one inspired by someone else, just stand! You've won just by standing up. Your contribution may be that precious gift from God and the “greater works” the world needs to finally turn on the ignition for a necessary change." Wonderful wisdom here and thank you for sharing!

      Blessings!

    • steffsings profile imageAUTHOR

      steffsings 

      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Well put Maggs. I must agree: there is power in real Love.

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      maggs224 

      9 years ago from Sunny Spain

      perfect love casts out fear, so love is the answer

    • steffsings profile imageAUTHOR

      steffsings 

      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Thank you dohn121. I agree with you, 'fear' is exactly what stops many, while some seem to push past it??? if only we could bottle the fear antidote and give it away for free.

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      dohn121 

      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I believe that it is in every single one of us the power to act. Fear is what prevents us from acting on what we truly believe in. The people that you've mentioned took the road less traveled and did not succumb to fear. To this day, we can learn from them and hopefully emulate their act of defiance in the face of tyranny. Thank you.

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