And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways…
~ Luke 1:7
They say that myths are based in truth, but I wonder about the myth of the “self-made man.” I say “man” because I’ve never heard someone claim to be a “self-made woman,” but I suppose such a person could exist.
The myth is that someone can succeed in life strictly through their own efforts. No one else helps them, and they deserve to be rewarded solely and excessively.
Riding bike across the United States was a great achievement for Jim Ginn and me back in 2004. It took years of preparation and months of hard work. But we didn’t do it alone. Our families and employers enabled us to take the time. Adventure Cycling produced the route that we used. People along the way provided food, shelter, and other assistance when we needed it.
Success or greatness is never a solo act. Even Jesus followed people who prepared the way.
REFLECT: We never go through life alone. Who makes it possible for you to live? What have older people taught you? Who helps prepare you for both challenges and victories?
This blog includes thoughts from various contributors at Seattle First Baptist