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James, describing the uncer-
tainty of our lives, wrote:
Ye know not what shall be on the
morrow. For what is your life? It is
even a vapour, that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away
(James 4:14).

Moses declared that our lives were
only a “handful of days.” James de-
clares that our lives are but “vapors of
time.” It seems that all of the prophets
and great Christians of the Bible were
gripped with the fact of having SO
LITTLE TIME. Realizing this should
lead us to weigh carefully the days of
our lives.

David Livingstone
Every day should be considered a
jewel, which can never be replaced. I
am a lover of history. I have a convic-
tion that for us to fully understand the
day in which we presently live, we
have to examine our yesterdays. We
are the product of GENERATIONS
PAST. Recently, I stood at a grave in a
little cemetery across from the house
where I was born. In fact, my six
brothers and sisters were all born in
that splendid old farmhouse. As I
stood at my brother Bobby’s grave and
6 • NATIONS
John Bunyan
glanced across the road to that house,
a thousand memories passed through
my mind. There had been seven of
us who played in that yard and grew
up in that home with a loving mother
and father. The years had taken them
all away except me. All the years of
time seemed as but yesterday…a tale
that is told. I was saying goodbye to
the last one that day. I, alone, was left
to cherish those memories across the
way. In my travels around the world,
I have taken time to visit museums,
cemeteries, and archives where our
past lies buried. It has been an incred-
ible journey to follow the steps of
those who made a difference.

In England in the greatest cathe-
dral of them all, Westminster Abbey,
I stood at the grave of DAVID
LIVINgsToNE. David Livingstone
left his home in Scotland and explored
the depths of dark Africa. Through the
jungles, he walked more than 29,000
miles, administering medicine and
preaching the Gospel of Peace. ONE
MAN MADE A DIFFERENCE.

JoHN BuNYAN was born in El-
stow Village near Bedford, England,
in 1628. Imprisoned for his faith, he
sat down in Bedford jail and wrote
Pilgrim’s Progress―a book that has
touched the world for more than 300
years. ONE MAN MADE A DIF-
FERENCE. ALExANDER BELL, a man
from Edinburgh, Scotland, gave us
the telephone and seven billion peo-
ple are touched every day by his in-
vention. ONE MAN MADE A DIF-
FERENCE. THoMAs EDIsoN invented a
thousand things, including the elec-
tric light bulb. Every night cities and
villages, housing billions of people
in every country of the world, have
LIGHT in their darkness. ONE MAN
MADE A DIFFERENCE.

CLARA BARToN, a nurse, saw
Clara Barton
hundreds of soldiers dying on the
battlefields of the Civil War for lack
of attention. Untold thousands bled to
death. she was HEARTsICK with
the condition of these dying men.

she secured a wagon, equipped it
with medicine and first aid. The
officers in charge refused to let her
go—a WoMAN on the BATTLE-
FIELD—uNHEARD oF!
CLARA BARToN would not
give up. She approached the general