Apr 302007

This article is shared by Marsha Jordan

John the Baptist didn’t have any great talents. He didn’t perform mystifying miracles (not even a simple card trick). He wasn’t a handsome crooner with a voice like Perry Como’s. He didn’t have degrees or diplomas. He didn’t have an impressive gift of speaking like Billy Graham. He wasn’t popular, since he offended people by calling them such names as vipers and white washed tombs. John was not a snappy dresser. He made his clothes from camel’s hair. He was just a common man, a scruffy sort of guy with strange eating habits (locusts). He didn’t have a job. He just wandered around talking to folks.

He wasn’t better, smarter, richer or any other “er.” He was just a guy who told people about what he knew: “One mightier than I is coming.” (Matthew 3:11)
Do you ever wish you had a great talent to use for God and mankind? If you were a gifted surgeon, you could save lives. If you had a beautiful voice, you could sing about God’s love around the world. If you were a good speaker, you could preach to millions.

Most of us, like John the Baptist, are pretty ordinary. Yet Jesus said of John “Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.”
Wow, an ordinary guy (sort of strange, actually) was a great prophet. John did the best he could with the talents he had and it was enough. In fact, it was great. “John did no miracle: but all things that John spoke of were true. And many believed on him there.” (John 10:41-42). John prepared the way for the Lord by telling the truth and leading people to Jesus.

I believe it was Mother Theresa who said, “There are no great deeds, only small deeds done with great love.” Like John, we ordinary people can do whatever God has enabled us to do; and when we do it in love for Him, we can give Him no greater gift.

Marsha Jordan

Marsha Jordan created The HUGS and HOPE Foundation for Critically Ill Children. Her humorous, inspirational book, ‘Hugs, Hope, and Peanut Butter’ is illustrated by sick kids; and profits from the book’ sale benefit children around the country. You may learn more about Jordan, her book, and the charity she founded by visiting her web site at www.hugsandhope.org/mj.htm
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