Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 9, 2017

The Difference Starts With You & Me

feb-9“I will save you from the hands of the wicked and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.” Jeremiah 15:21 (NIV)

When I visited Israel a year ago, I spent a few minutes in the garden outside the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem looking at the different plaques and monuments. One, in particular, caught my eyes, because I was familiar with the name on the plaque: Oskar Schindler.

Back in 1993, Steven Spielberg directed the movie Schindler’s List, which told the story of a man named Oskar Schindler. In the peak of World War II, when Nazi Germans were trying to annihilate the Jewish race, Oskar miraculously managed to save thousands of Jews from being slaughtered by the callous, selfish, and horrendous nature of the Adolf Hitler philosophy of creating a “pure race.”  Schindler placed his own life at risk as he used his place of business, an armament factory, to hire and shelter Jewish men and women who would, otherwise, be sent to concentration campuses to die.

The monument of which I speak was a tree. Yes, a tree. Planted right alongside the walkway, amidst other trees like itself.   It stood, tall and green, paying tribute to the memory of a man whose brave, caring, generous and selfless acts helped to ensure other generations of Jewish families would be given a chance of sharing space in this world, a man who had helped to make a difference for a race.

And if one man could do so much, how much more, then, could millions of people do, if they united and acted towards promoting the good – and the betterment – of mankind? The world needs more people like Oskar Schindler, to improve the livelihood of those who are in distress and unable to help themselves. The world needs more people who, instead of focusing on the things that are not right in this world, choose to work together to improve them and ensure the common good. If we acted selflessly to promote peace, kindness, and unity among mankind, war would be just another word in the dictionary. And it starts with you and me.

“Lord, thank you for Your saving grace.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

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