Jim Denison on God Uses Us As We Are, Not As We Wish To Be

Captain Tom Moore is a British World War II veteran. He recently raised more than $36 million for the National Health Service by completing laps of his garden with the help of a walker. People tuned in online from across the globe to watch his progress and support his cause.

Capt. Moore turned one hundred Thursday. In response, well-wishers have sent him more than 125,000 birthday cards.

James Hodgson, headmaster of the nearby Bedford School in central England, has taken on the gargantuan task of opening and displaying the cards. “It’s the most amazing outpouring of love for a great man,” he says.

The floor of his school has become a sea of goodwill wishes. Volunteers have spent hours reading them over the last week. Hodgson said, “We’ve had cards from all around the world, not just the UK . . . we’ve had cards from two-year-olds and we’ve had cards from 92-year-olds.” The plan is to display as many as possible and send Capt. Moore a photo of the results.

One hand-drawn card from eleven-year-old Rebekah in South Wales read: “To My Hero! Thank you for all you have done. You will help a lot of people with the money you have raised xx.”

“Give me this hill country” 

I’m sure Capt. Moore remembers the days when he was spry and youthful. He probably thought as a young soldier that his deployment during World War II was his greatest service to his country. But his commitment decades later to help those in need has made him a global hero.

We can learn a lesson here: God’s people never retire.

Moses served the Lord until his death at the age of 120. Even at that time, “his eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated” (Deuteronomy 34:7). John was an elderly man when he received the Revelation on Patmos (Revelation 1:9).

Caleb was eighty-five when he testified, “I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming” (Joshua 14:11).

As a result, he could say to Joshua: “So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said” (v. 12).

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison