Jim Denison: How to Move From Success to Significance After the New York Abortion Bill

Let’s begin with this shocking headline: “America’s favorite Valentine’s Day candy is unavailable this year.” Necco, the original producer of Sweethearts candy, went out of business last July. The candy’s new owner promises to have the candy back on shelves next year.

I wish this were the only bad news in the news.

New York legislators approved a bill this week protecting abortion in case the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. There was loud cheering in the New York State Senate chamber when the bill passed.

The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, allows non-physicians such as licensed midwives, physician assistants, and licensed nurse practitioners to perform abortions. It expands late-term abortions and could compel doctors to perform abortions or risk losing their license to practice.

Meanwhile, details are emerging about Zephen Xaver, the man who allegedly killed five people inside a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, two days ago. His ex-girlfriend has told reporters that Xaver had an obsession with guns and death. “He was pretty open about the fact that he wanted everybody to die. All he talked about was killing people,” she said.

When you read stories like these, don’t you feel an urge to do something to help? Something to protect unborn children and victims of senseless crime? Something to make the world better than we found it?

“WHAT COUNTS IN LIFE”

Nelson Mandela: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

How do we make such a “difference”?

There is a God-given quest for significance in every human heart. But this is a hunger no food on earth can satisfy. That’s because significance is not the result of success.

In Genesis 24, an unnamed servant of Abraham found Rebekah and introduced her to Isaac. She would become the mother of Jacob, who would become the father of twelve sons, who would become the fathers of the “twelve tribes of Israel.”

In Exodus 2, an unnamed daughter of Pharaoh rescued the baby Moses from the Nile River. In Acts 23, an unnamed nephew of Paul exposed a plot to kill him.

Imagine the world without the nation of Israel, or the work of Moses, or the ministry of Paul.

When Jacob died in Egypt, his family of seventy people (Genesis 46:27) was but a minuscule part of the mightiest nation on earth. When Moses died on the edge of the Promised Land, his Jewish people were unknown to most of the world. Even Paul at his death could not know how his letters would be read and used twenty centuries later.

Significance is seldom obvious at the time. But it always counts in eternity.

HOW TO BE SIGNIFICANT

Walking in our neighborhood yesterday morning, my attention was drawn to three celestial bodies.

The moon had clearly recovered from the meteorite that struck it during Monday’s total lunar eclipse and was brilliantly lighting the predawn sky to the west. To the east, Venus and Jupiter were on bright display.

An uninformed observer might think that each was the source of its light. Of course, planets and moons in our solar system merely reflect the light of the sun.

Click here to read more.
Source: Christian Headlines