If I told you Guttenberg invented the telescope you would be sure I got my degree out of a Cracker Jack box. But just give me a moment of your time. Guttenberg made it possible for books to be affordable. As a result literacy increased dramatically creating a market for spectacles. This led to the development of better lens which led to the development of the telescope. Thank you Mr. Guttenberg.
Guttenberg would never comprehend that he would put into place something that would burn Copernicus at the stake or put Galileo on trial. It’s the way life is. We call it cause and effect. Someone causes and we are affected. We cause and others are impacted in ways we can never imagine. A small act of kindness can ripple across the world changing a lad’s life in Tibet.
Occasionally I meet with discouraged people who think their lives have not really mattered for much of anything. While I cannot tell them with specificity just how important they have been, I can indeed assure them that they have changed the world. Whether it was for good or bad, I don’t know. But what I do know is every life matters in ways far beyond our imaginations. Guttenberg never would have imagined his work would nullify the world’s longest held scientific theory, that the universe was geocentric.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 2 that God has plans for each of us. Each of us has a part in His great struggle with evil. One of the great rewards of eternal life will be having our angel and perhaps Jesus Himself explain to us just how very important we were to God’s victory over sin. Let us submit ourselves to Him each day and we will change not just the world but the universe.
Written by Roger Bothwell on December 29, 2015
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