If you have a computer, go to the internet and type this into Google: “Who has saved more human lives in history than anyone else?” If you type that in, you will find a name that you probably have never heard of. He passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 95. He didn’t get a lot of publicity, but in his lifetime he saved more people than anyone in history. He’s one of only six people in the world who has won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Medal of Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His name is Norman Borlaug. Have you heard of him? I hadn’t until recently.
Norman Borlaug was an agricultural scientist in the twentieth century who invented hi-yield drought resistant, disease resistant crops that saved over one billion people from starvation. Before Norman Borlaug, China, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan had regular famines every single year. All four of those countries now export food. They’re food exporters. Why? Because they started using Norman Borlaug’s high yield, disease resistant, drought resistant crops.
Why did he do it? Because he put his faith in Jesus Christ. His faith was his motivation. His favorite phrase was “Go with God.” His efforts were fueled by what He believed about Christ. The musical group Sidewalk Prophets has a song in which they ask the question “When did love become unmoving?” It is a great question. Does the love that I have for God move me? Does it encourage me to live a life worthy of the calling I have received? Great achievements occur through people whose lives are motivated by the love of Christ.
April brings some great opportunities to review and answer those questions. March 30th - April 6th is spring break for all schools. April 8th is Easter and two weeks following, April 22nd, brings revival. It’s a great time to get motivated!