Mr Cliff Young grew up in a 2000-acre farm of sheep. His family neither had horses nor tractors, so he would round up the sheep himself, running across the field. Most especially on stormy seasons, he would run for two to three days just to round up sheep. 

 In 1983, he showed up in a 5-day race event, and won first place. It was his first time to compete professionally, but it was not his first time to run. 


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Dear Lord,

I read this story as a testimony that the greatness of my future lies with what I am capable of doing already.

Mr Young had rounded up sheep by running some considerable distances for days, even in the most difficult and inconvenient times like at night. I can just imagine his boyhood with episodes of griping and whining. While other kids are sleeping and dreaming, he's out there in the fields working.

Those kids who got life easy are long gone, and forgotten. But here is Mr Cliff Young, being remembered and honored.

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I am reminded of  the young boy David. Being the youngest, he was left tending the sheep, while his big brothers were drafted in the army. (See story in 1 Sam 17)

In his pursuit for excellence, he guarded those sheep with his life against lions and bears. Imagine such courage! Here was a teenager standing up against adversaries that were far bigger and stronger than he was. The looks of them with their fierce hungry stance would melt down any wrestler in their right mind.

But David had a right heart. He told the King:

“Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (1 Sam 17:36-37 NIV)

Who would have thought that his ‘training’ in the field doing mundane things like tending sheep would land him as Israel’s greatest warrior? How many shepherds were there in his generation who believed the Lord enough to do whatever it took to protect the flock, as much as killing lions and bears? And because of this attitude, David also became Israel’s greatest king, protecting the nation from other conquering rulers. (Psa 78:72)

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I look at my life and I have some choices to make:

To take it easy now and be oblivious, all the way to heaven,

OR be productive, make history, and receive a big crown in heaven.

Nothing beats the Lord’s commendation: “Well done! Come and share my happiness!” (Mt 25:21)

I rethink all my routines right now. Am I doing things that contribute to the future of bringing God glory?

The bigger the project, the bigger the preparation. I have to start now.

I look at my existing skills, talents and abilities, and I evaluate how I use them. I set my eyes for more opportunities where the natural me just so easily rise up to the occasion and seize the moment of greatness.

I can do all things through Christ who arms me with strength. (Phil 4:13)

He trains my arm to bend a bow of bronze. He strengthens my legs to climb up the ridges of success. (Ps 18:32-36)

Enough talk. Now I get back to work.

(image by ChristArt)

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