Susan Boyle is now a famous singer...with her own albums, she sang for the Queen, in American Idol. Her voice is astoundingly beautiful, but just by looking from the outside, people wouldn't say she was a movie star.
She was laughed at, and lots of people didn't believe she could be a beautiful singer. But she had a dream! And not only did she have one, but she pursued it, even if others didn't believe in her!
Is the world laughing now???
Actually, now I bet she's laughing at the world!
'A person of integrity expects to be believed, and when he's not, he lets time prove him right.'
Check her out on U-tube.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Who is he? you might ask. Well, sadly, this courageous martyr for Jesus Christ during World War II has become forgotten, or at least by many. Recently, I just finished reading a biography of this man, and I could barely put it down. It was heart-wrenching to discover the truth of how horrible the Nazi's were to innocent people during the 1930's and 1940's, not only in Germany, but in Russia, France, England, you name it. It wasn't until 1941 in December that America entered the war in her defense, (after the Japanese bombing) but Germany by that time had already been tortured by evil Hitler for eight or some years. And though many think it was the Jews, it was also any German child or adult that had a slight problem, they would murder them too. It was their own people! And how does Dietrich fit in? Well, Dietrich was living through all of this, trying to secretly pastor a God-honoring church, training up young pastors, and then later on joined a military assassination assignment of Hitler. He hoped, that by taking down Hitler, that it was help to end the cruelty of the communists Nazi's and hopefully the war. He had a part in different assassination attempts, but suspiciously Hitler escaped all of them. Then, he was arrested.
He bounced from cell to cell, concentration camp to concentration camp, witnessing the horrors of innocent little children standing the jail yard, looking like nothing more than walking skeletons. He witnessed the terrible merciless things that the Nazi's did to everyone...but yet he stood fast. When Hitler tried to control the churches, saying they couldn't sing the name Jesus, (because Jesus was a Jew, go figure that) he stood fast. When friends and family around him were being murdered, he stood fast. When, to his very last breath, he endured his terrible death at only age 39, he stood fast.
What can we learn from this incredible man? That he feared God more than man. Yes, the Nazi's took his body, but they did not take his faith. He is in paradise now with God in Heaven. He trusted God more than anything else.