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Now, That’s a First

The creativity of mankind is ever amazing.  Throughout our history, we have witnessed men and women that could see a need that mankind had and then create something excellent to completely meet that need.

Today, every kind of machine, communication device, media, medicine, transportation, or any other “aid” that we use daily was once only a dream in the mind of man.  What we use as “common”, a previous generation would have thought to be magic.

For example, we communicate on a wireless device that are about the size of a deck of cards and yet can show us movies, maps, news events, friend’s messages, or make phone calls anywhere in the world.  Miracle?  Yes…a cell phone. We sit in our cars, push a button, and “presto”, the garage door opens.  Is that magical?  Yes…a garage door opener!  But did you ever consider that all of life and all of the journey, someone has been the “first” one ever to do something?

Famous Firsts…..

Virginia Dare – 1587 —1st child born in the American colonies, on August 18th, on what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
André-Jacques Garnerin – 1797 —1st parachute jump. Dropped from about 6,500 ft. over Manseau Park in Paris in a 23-ft.-diameter parachute made of white canvas with a basket attached – Oct. 22, 1797.
Charles Blondin (Jean Francois Gravelet) -1859-1st person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
Jesse James – 1873 —committed the world’s first train robbery on July 21 in Adair, Iowa.
Herbert Hoover – 1874 —1st US President born west of the Mississippi…West Branch, Iowa.
Annie Moore – 1892 —1st immigrant to pass through Ellis Island. She was 15 years old and from County Cork, Ireland.
Alexander Winton – 1903 —set the 1st land speed record in car racing. Set at Daytona Beach, with a speed of 68.18 mph.
Arthur R. Eldred – 1912 —1st boy to reach the rank of Eagle Scout which is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America program. He lived in Oceanside, NY.
Dolly, the lamb – 1996 —1st cloned mammal.  

With God, there is a principle on being “first” that is vastly different from the world.  For those that seek to be “first” in the Kingdom of God, the avenue is not the same as in this era. One becomes preeminent by putting the Lord “first” and then those around them as “first”.

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Mark 10:42-45).