by Steve Wagers

Standing Out Among the Crowd
Steve Wagers
I Chronicles 4: 9-10


One of my own personal heroes, and undoubtedly, one of the greatest Americans that ever lived, is Benjamin Franklin. His life, and his labor produced great achievements, and accomplishments, still enjoyed by us today.

It is said that Benjamin Franklin had only 2 years of formal schooling. At age 25, however, he founded the first library in America. At age 31, he started the first fire department. At age 36, he invented the lightening rod. At age 40, he was uncovering, and learning how to harness electricity. At age 43, he designed a heating stove, still used today. At age 45, he founded one of the Ivy League Universities. At age 79, he invented bifocals. He was a renown conversationalist, economist, philosopher, diplomat, printer, publisher, and a linguist, for he spoke and wrote 5 different languages. He kept discovering, producing, and inventing until his death at age 84. He was a man whose many contributions are still enjoyed by many of us today. Truly, he was a man who excelled, and stood out above the crowd.

Brian Harbour, in his book, "Rising Above the Crowd," well defined the difference between success, and excellence. He said, "Success means being THE best. Excellence means being YOUR best. Success, to many, means being better than everyone else. Excellence means being better tomorrow than you were yesterday. Success means exceeding the achievements of other people. Excellence means matching your practice with your potential." 1

There are, in our day, many Christians who are involved in the various things of God. They are faithful to their local church, they give, and tithe as is commanded, they are involve in various activities; and, they strive to serve the Lord. Yet, those things are things that expected of us anyway. You see, many want a pat on the back for being faithful; yet, faithfulness, is something that God expects. Man ...

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