It Is Not About How You Start

Have you ever found yourself looking at other people and wishing you had their life? Maybe it is someone famous or just the person you sit next to in your maths class. We end up thinking that the rest of our life would be so much better  if we had what they have. But your background does not to dictate the rest of your life.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Macedonia in 1910. She had a relatively poor upbringing in an area that was being torn apart by religious intolerance and political upheaval. When she was seven , her father was killed.

Not the greatest of the starts in life! By the time Agnes was twelve she had decided that God wanted her to make a difference with her life and so six years later when she was eighteen, she moved into a convent in Ireland and became a nun.

Later, Agnes moved to India. She felt God telling her to” follow Jesus into the slums” and started a work with the poor that would have a worldwide impact. Agnes became one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen - motivating thousands of people to reach out to those others would not touch. You might know her better as Mother Teresa.

Bible Text
Micah 5:1-5

1NIV:Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod.
2NIV:“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
3NIV:Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
4NIV:He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
5NIV:And he will be our peace when the Assyrians invade our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders,
6NIV:who will rule the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. He will deliver us from the Assyrians when they invade our land and march across our borders.
7NIV:The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or depend on man.
8NIV:The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue.
9NIV:Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed.
10NIV:“In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots.
11NIV:I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds.
12NIV:I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.
13NIV:I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands.
14NIV:I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles when I demolish your cities.
15NIV:I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.

Questions to Consider
  • What similarities are between Jesus’ background and Mother's Teresa?
  • What makes someone like Mother Teresa want to make a difference in the world?

Motion Points
  • Talking to God and asking him to show yoiu where he wants you to leaad.
  • Talking to your youth leader about ways in which you can begin to make a difference in your local area.

Hymn for Today

Further Study
  • Joshua 1:1-9
  • 1 to Timothy 4:12
  • Titus1:5-9

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