Do you ever feel like the whole world is against you sometimes? I know that I do sometimes. Days like these are days that I call my bad days. It can be very frustrating when you are trying to do the right things and it just seems like nothing is going your way. It seems like every person is against what you are trying to do even though by doing it you could actually be benefiting them in the long run.
In today’s society you can read all kinds of self-help books and learn how to make yourself a better person and how you can have a powerful influence on those around you and the world you live in. The history of our country is filled with the stories of people who when from having nothing to riches. People who went from complete anonymity to being remembered long after they passed from this world.
What I find really amazing is that the one person who had the most influence on the this world of anyone who has ever lived on it was a man who was disliked, even hated, by far more people than those who liked and loved Him. What He stood for and accomplished has affected the lives of every person who has been on this planet since He was alive. He never did anything mean or wrong to anyone and yet he was found guilty of a crime that He never committed. He was murdered even though He had never committed a sin His entire life.
I few weeks ago I ran across this writing that Dr. James Francis wrote back in 1926. Jesus, the person Dr. Francis is writing about is the single most important and influential person who has ever walked this earth and the majority of the people did not like Him one bit.
I think that we need to remember that it is more important for us to lead a life done the right way with purpose and meaning than it is for us to be liked and accepted by those around us. On days, when it seems like the whole world is against you, there is another man who was feeling the same way over 2,000 years ago. The best part is that Jesus is with us always so we never really are alone. The most influential man who ever lived is on your side and loves you for exactly who you so take comfort in that.
Here is the writing of Dr. James Francis from 1926:
One Solitary Life
He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty
He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself
He was only thirty three
His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth
When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend
Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind’s progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life