You may have noticed that today was the anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest. It caught my eye when I hit the google homepage and got me thinking. Mankind has made many advances over the last 100 years – we’ve invented cars, airplanes, computers, and television. These are wonderful inventions and improve our lives – on a daily basis, but there is something life-changing about a personal feat like climbing Mount Everest that is very different than inventing a new device. As I think about my own life, I consider some of the moments in my life that have made a real impact (my personal Everest moments):
The day I got saved: I don’t know that date and I’m not even sure how old I was, but it was after a church service one night. I was sitting in the back of the Ford Taurus on the passenger side, looking up at the moon and stars, playing with the nylon hairs where the door handle goes into the door panel. I sat there in prayer – not the formal “Our Father” type of prayer – the simple child’s conversational prayer when I thought, ‘LORD, I know you are real, I know you gave your son for my sins, but I don’t know if I have ever asked you into my heart – so, just in case I haven’t – please save me and come into my heart’. I still talk to God this way and my life would be entirely different had it not been for that night, in the back of a Ford Taurus.
The day I decided to go to Bible College: It was raining and I was stuck at the house without a lot to do. I was bored with what was on television and had already seen the movies (VHS) that we owned but I had not yet watched the WHBC promotional video that my pastor’s wife had given me several days (maybe weeks) before. I put it in and hit play. I had never watched a Breakthrough broadcast before, I had never been to World Harvest Church before, and I had no interest in Pastor Rod Parsley either. I had seen him on Christian Television before, but nothing that made me feel that I should look at his school or church – besides, WHC was located in Columbus, Ohio – and I wasn’t interested in Ohio. A few minutes into the video and I felt a deep-in-my-soul drawing to WHBC. I didn’t know then that my future career in IT would begin there or that I would meet my wife there.
The day I left home:It’s an 8 hour drive from my parents house in Stanley, NC to my new dorm room in Columbus OH, it took me over 12. I packed a couple of suitcases, some towels, a pillow, and a few blankets. Not to be sent out on my own, my mother drove her white van with the front plate that read “Prayer changes things” right behind me the whole way. I drove my 1968 VW tan colored bug named Biscuit. The first delay was when my rear passenger side tire started making some sort of noise. We pulled over in Virginia and found a parking lot where I could try to determine what the issue was. A lug nut post had come lose from the threading and was actually working its way into the brake drum. The next big delay was when the car overheated in Ohio about an hour and a half from our destination. I was able to safely park it in a McDonald’s parking lot, move my things to my mom’s van and we went on without my bug. When we finally arrived, it was dark, the day had been much longer than expected, we were all tired, and I noticed the blue lit WHC sign that my mother called soothing was only half lit. I never moved back into my parents home and I never moved back to NC.
The Day I got Stephanie’s phone number: It was a Sunday. I had known Stephanie for a couple of years and I had already graduated from Bible College. I had a lunch date planned with a friend of mine – an old girlfriend to be honest. But then, Stephanie found me in the foyer of the church. She was excited to see me since we hadn’t seen each other in a while. We had been close friends the first year of Bible college, but never romantic in the least. After a little bit of small talk, she wrote her number on my hand. I met my old girlfriend in the parking lot and told her about my Stephanie-reunion. I even asked her to write down Stephanie’s number for me so I wouldn’t lose it when it came off my hand. I think that was rude of me since I was having the girl I used to date and was on a current lunch date (albeit just as friends) write down another girl’s number for me, but had things gone differently that day – I might not be where I am today.
I could go on, but its late and I think I’m going to save them for a second post… until then…