Think a minute…It is amazing how the Jewish people have survived thousands of years as slaves, outcasts, and the despised targets of Hitler’s attempted genocide of their entire race and culture. By the time Hitler’s Nazi’s were finally stopped by the Allied forces in 1945, they had already exterminated and mass murdered 6 million Jews! So back in 1934, Germany was the wrong place to be a Jew! When Hitler’s Youth took over Heinz’s village, this young Jewish boy was only 11-years-old.
Heinz’s parents taught their children how important it was to learn self-control. With the Nazi gangs terrorizing their village on the streets daily, Heinz’s parents knew that just one moment of losing control of their words or anger against their Nazi rulers could mean the death of their entire family. So Heinz learned to stay out of the way of Hitler’s gangs by crossing the street or taking a different road home from school.
But one day young Heinz was finally cornered and caught by one of Hitler’s bullies. For the first time Heinz was forced to talk to a Nazi Youth. Yet by staying calm and carefully choosing his words and tone of voice, Heinz surprised even himself when he talked his way out of trouble and convinced this hateful bully to let him go. That day, Heinz discovered his survival skill of talking and reasoning with others. It was a major turning point that changed his life…and later millions of lives around the world.
Heinz’s family eventually escaped from Germany and moved to America. But Heinz never forgot how to talk with people and help bring peace between enemies. In fact, that 11-year-old boy who had negotiated his first peace settlement with a Nazi bully, later became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace in the world. You have probably heard of him, not as Heinz, but by his American name: Henry Kissinger, the former U. S. Director of National Security.
What survival skills did your Maker give to you? God does not just want you to survive, He wants you to thrive. But only He can enable you to discover and fully develop your natural, special abilities He designed and gave to you. That is when you can begin to fill your place and purpose in the world, and start enjoying the successful life He planned for you. So today, won’t you ask Jesus to take full charge of your heart and way of living every day? Just think a minute…