by James Merritt

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1 of 4)
Series: Four Steps to Greatness
James Merritt
Luke 19:1-10


1. This message is the first of a four-part series I am calling ''Four Steps to Greatness.'' I believe within each one of us separately, and all of us corporately, there is the God-given potential for greatness.

2. Over three decades ago Newsweek magazine ran an article entitled ''Advice to a (bored) Young Man.'' It is good counsel for all of us, man or woman, young or old:

''Died, aged twenty; buried, age sixty; the sad epitaph of too many Americans. Mummification sets in on too many young men at an age when they should be ripping the world wide open. For example: Many people reading this page are doing so with the aid of bifocals. Inventor? B. Franklin, age 79.

''The presses that printed this page were powered by electricity. One of the first harnessers? B. Franklin, age 40.

''Some are reading this on the campus of one of the Ivy League universities. Founder? B. Franklin, age 45.

''Others, in a library. Who founded the first library in America? B. Franklin, age 25.

''Some got their copy through the U.S. Mail. Its father? B. Franklin, age 31.

''Now, think fire. Who started the first fire department, invented the lightning rod, designed the heating stove still in use today? B. Franklin, ages 31, 43, 36.

''Wit, Conversationalist, Economist, Philosopher, Diplomat, Printer, Publish-er, Linguist (spoke and wrote five languages). Advocate of paratroopers (from balloons) a century before the airplane was invented. All of this until age 84.

''And he had exactly two years of formal schooling. It's a good bet that you already have more sheer knowledge that Franklin ever had when he was your age.

''Perhaps you think there's no use trying to think of anything new, that everything's been done wrong. The simple agrarian America of Franklin's day didn't begin to need the answers we need today go do something about it.''(1)

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