SELF MADE MEN
T. PIERCE BROWN
I have frequently heard of persons who had been poor or underprivileged but who had accomplished great things in their lives. They were referred to as “self made men.” The truth is there are none. No one can become the kind of person God wants him to be, or even successful by worldly standards without the help of others.
We can look at almost anyone in the Bible or at our own experience and realize the truthfulness of that statement. Sometimes the others would seem insignificant, but they were a vital part of the accomplishment. In the case of Moses, who would have thought that a midwife who was a slave would play such an important role in the life of Moses and the eventual freedom of the Israelites from bondage? Who would have imagined that a little sister like Miriam could be so valuable to his life and mission.
Occasionally some woman tells me that she is a “mere woman” or “just a housewife” or some other remark to indicate that she can not be expected to do much for the Lord. I try to remind her that there are no “mere” women. All the women in Moses’ life that put him in the position of being the second greatest in the Egyptian kingdom, and the leader of the Israelite nation, and a type of Christ had no idea that they were not “mere women.”
There are those like the women in the lives of Moses and Timothy who stand out. Timothy’s mother and grandmother had more influence on his destiny than we know. It does not matter where we look, the principle is the same. We are all what we are because of persons who had influence on us, gave us courage, hope or love. In many cases, it was by someone who thought she was a “mere woman.” In every case, whether man or woman, boy or girl, we should realize that we need each other. There are no self-made persons. God made each of us in His image, and others either help us to develop and demonstrate that image, or prevent us from doing it properly. In any case, whether good or bad, others helped us to be what we are.
T. Pierce Brown
1068 Mitchell Ave.
Cookeville, TN. 38501
Phone: (615) 528-3600