Daily Devotion

December 11, 2021

Believe in your children and your grandchildren

“And she conceived…and said, ‘I have gotten a man from the Lord.’” Ge 4:1


Henry Kendall from Boston and Richard Taylor from Medicine Hat, Canada, achieved a breakthrough in our understanding of matter and expanded the theory of the structure of protons and neutrons. Mikhail Gorbachev from the USSR contributed to a development in our understanding about how East and West might better relate through glasnost, a plan of open dialogue and peaceful coexistence which led to the unraveling of the Iron Curtain that separated the East from the West for decades. Octavio Paz from Mexico City was a political commentator, diplomat, essayist, and poet who wrote fervently throughout his life about man’s desires for “wider horizons,” because he believed our future can be greater than our past. Edward Donnall Thomas from Mart, Texas, proved it was possible to transplant organs and rescue the lives of dying patients. Henry M. Markowitz from Chicago studied the growth market and developed the theory that combinations of economic assets of varying risks could reduce the overall risk of investment. What did all these history-makers have in common? Two things. First, although they represented vastly different backgrounds, interests, and talents, they each won a Nobel Prize in 1990. Second, nobody could have predicted their achievements before they were born. “And [Eve] conceived…and said, ‘I have gotten a man from the Lord.’” Think about it: Anyone created by the Lord has the potential to achieve great things in life. And that is true of your children and your grandchildren, so believe in them.