You’re Making History Today!


On this day in history, 50 years ago, Jim Ryun became the first High School athlete to run a sub-4 minute mile. I wrote about it Monday in my “Word of the Week” column on endurance.  It occurred to me, however, that I might be in the minority that finds his feat very important! 

So, I wondered what else happened on this day in history. Events that other people believe are significant and note worthy. Here are a few published on history web-sites.

On this day in history….. 

1099 Members of the First Crusade witness an eclipse of the moon and interpret it as a sign they will recapture Jerusalem.

1783 Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier make the first public balloon flight.

1851 Harriet Beecher Stow publishes the first installment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The National Era.

1933   The United States went off the gold standard, a monetary system in which currency is backed by gold,

1940 The German army begins its offensive in Southern France. 

1947 Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlines “The Marshall Plan,” to assist European nations in rebuilding their economies. 

1956 Elvis Presely appeared on the Milton Berle Show, put aside his guitar, and rocked the show with a blistering, scandalous performance of “Hound Dog.” 

1968 Sirhan Sirhan shoots Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy after Kennedy’s victory in the California primary election.

2004 Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan dies at age 93. 

It’s interesting what people deem important. Some of these events may have changed the history of the world.   Or impacted us in some significant way politically, socially, or economically. Others not so much!

However, I wonder how many events have occurred on this day that are unheralded by the world, by unknown people who made a difference. 

Who was born on this day? Married? Or baptized into Christ? Who made a moral decision that changed the direction of their life?

Who was lifted out of the pit of despair by the kind word or good deed or another? 

Maybe on the day in history a sermon was preached that totally changed someone’s life? Or an article published? Or a blog posted? Or a note penned? Or phone call made? Who knows?

My point?

Our lives all have worth, value and significance. Whether we’re famous or not. Or ever make the “history lists.” God has a purpose for our lives. For living. Being. And doing. Don’t discount your daily deeds that are seemingly small. Who knows what difference they may make in your life? Your family? Friends? And brethren? 

And so today, let me thank God for who He is. The Almighty. My Father. My Rock.

Today, let me remember who I am. A human being created in the image of God. With worth. Value. And dignity.

Today, let me be nice to another person. A neighbor. A friend. A co-worker. Maybe even my husband or wife! Or children!

Today, let me think positive. About my life. My relationships. My future.

Today, let me forgive others’ trespasses. Life’s too short to hold a grudge. I will forgive. Forget. And let go.

Today, let me pause to pray. No matter how busy my day is today, I will pray. For my family. For other people. For God’s continued blessings.

Today, let me meditate on God’s Word. I will spend a little time in the Word. Even if it is just a verse. I will think. Ponder. Contemplate on what it means to me.

Today, let me lend a helping hand. To someone in need. To someone who is hurting. To someone who needs encouragement.

Today let me praise a friend. Honestly. Sincerely. Enthusiastically. I will look for the good and praise it.

Today, let me smile instead of frown. I will seek the joy of the Lord. And I will allow it to be seen in my eyes. My face. My voice.

Today, let me remember the today is yesterday’s tomorrow. And so I will use today wisely. I will not waste it or neglect it. But accept today as a fleeting blessing to be valued. Savored. And shared,

Yes, today, I am making history!


—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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