If today is your birthday, you are in good company. The following people were born on February 11: Thomas Edison (1847), Lloyd Bentsen (1921), Leslie Nielsen (1926), Tina Louise (1934), Burt Reynolds (1936), Jeb Bush (1953), Sheryl Crow (1962), Sarah Palin (1964), and Jennifer Aniston (1969).
And Melville Weston.
Don’t forget about Melville Weston. You may not be familiar with ‘ol Mel, but he may be the most significant person ever born on this date.
Who is Melville Weston? Mel, born February 11, 1833, served as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court from 1888 to 1910. No chief justice has served as long since. During his 22 years, Weston oversaw such significant cases as Plessy v. Ferguson. Weston swore five presidents into office: Harrison, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft.
It is often the person you don’t know who does the greatest work. For example, Jesus praised the work of a certain widow, simply for giving two mites (Luke 21:1-4).
When history books are written, you may not have a chapter committed just to you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t change history.
Recovery Step: Want to change history? Here’s the key – do the next right thing.