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John Bressler - How will you change history?
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Dr. John Bressler

  It was November 27, 1922, when archaeologist Howard Carter changed history. For some 15 years, he had been searching for the illusive remains of the legendary boy king Tutankhamen. He was running out of money and time because his benefactors, expecting to make both fortune and fame, had little to show for his efforts except some rather common and hardly valuable artifacts.
      It was on the final day of digging that a workman came running up with the words, "Someone has found a step." While most of us wouldn't get too excited about finding a brick as we walked down a dirt path, if we found a step in the sands of Egypt in the fabled Valley of the Kings, our heartbeat rate would rise like Dow Jones on a good day at the stock market.
      After shoveling tons of sand to uncover stairs leading down to a stone wall, Carter asked a workman to punch a hole in the wall so he could insert a rod into the opening. Since there didn't seem to be any obstruction, Carter then asked to have a larger chunk knocked out so he could see what was on the other side of the wall.
      He lit a lantern, crawled in up to his waist, and for a long time was very silent. One of his colleagues asked, "What do you see?" Carter's answer, "Wonderful things!" His dream, hope, passion and his lifelong work was just inches away from his grasp. He had found the tomb of King Tut.
      What is it that we have been searching for all of our lives? Do we even know what that illusive thing is we hope will give us fame, fortune, fulfillment and satisfaction.
      A sociologist by the name of Orin Clapp wrote, "We are a nation of people with exaggerated expectations!" I think he is saying that we just have to have (fill in the blank) because when we have it, we will be complete.
      "God, had you given me a brighter mind, a usable talent, a clear goal or a map indicating where I am and where I am going, how much easier my life could be or could have been. Would that be too much to ask? I am so tired of knowing how close I came to fame, that I was only inches away from victory, and had I chosen that door instead of this door, success would have been mine. God,are you listening?"
      Let's see if I can answer all these questions and deal with a lot of this anger and frustration. First off, when I was born, I don't remember having a contract or a set of instructions that came with me.
      I remember that I had to learn by making mistakes and not making the same mistakes twice. I recall reward and punishment, success and failure, opportunity and disappointment. I also had a new beginning every day.
      Perhaps all of us are a lot like Dr.Howard Carter who searched for something just out of reach. We can almost smell it, touch it, taste it and even wonder if that illusive something is really there.
      What is that true life that the Bible suggests is within our grasp? Is it truly worth having? When we take that first step, ask the first question, come to the crossroad and just glimpse at a future with God, what might our answer be? "What do you see?" ask the skeptics, the lost. "Wonderful things!" we answer in amazement.

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