George Washington Carver was born a slave in 1861. Though frail and sickly, he yearned for education. After many racist setbacks, he finally earned a master’s degree in science. He went to Tuskegee Institute at the invitation of Booker T. Washington. While there, he not only trained students, he saved the Southern economy by introducing new farming methods. He alsodiscovered hundreds of products from the peanut and sweet potato. His lowly origins as a slave did not define his future as a scientist. In contrast to Dr. Carver, young Jeremiah tried to excuse himself from being God’s prophet. He claimed he was too young, too inexperienced, and a lousy speaker. But we find in Jeremiah chapter 1 that God assured him otherwise. God said He had known and chosen him long before he was born. God had already endowed him with the tools he needed to fulfill God’s purpose for him. The Lord assured him that even though he would meet opposition and obstruction, he would have God’s presence and power to overcome and fulfill his mission. Like Jeremiah, God has a purpose for each of his children. As we stay in close fellowship with God, He helps us use our God-given ability to make a difference in our world.
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