Published 4:33 pm Monday, April 2, 2018
Maybe you’ve heard about people who are “famous for being famous.” They’ve really never done anything to speak of, but they’ve somehow figured out a way to get into the spotlight … and the “fans of almost anything” take them the rest of the way.
I’m much more interested in people who’ve actually done something, and because my background is in science, many of my heroes are scientists. Nikola Tesla (1856-1943 AD) was no. 1 on the list I found at LinkedIn.com. Tesla could speak eight languages and recite a whole book after one reading. He generated an AC current before Edison; and Marconi, who won the Nobel prize for inventing the radio, used Tesla’s ideas.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955 AD) was no. 2 as the father of modern physics for his contribution in developing the general theory of relativity based on the most famous equation of all time, E=mc2. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921.
I’m also interested in those famous for their faith, “ These are the names of David’s famous soldiers: the first was Josheb Basshebeth from Tachemon, who was the leader of “The Three”; he fought with his spear against eight hundred men and killed them all in one battle.
And so we’ve come full circle to Billy Graham, who preached to more people than anyone in history and said at the end, “I’m a sinner saved by grace, nothing more.” I, too, am nothing more than a “sinner saved by grace.” I, too, am nothing more than a sinner saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus … and that’s the message of Holy Week and Easter Sunday!
Charles “Buddy” Whatley is a retired United Methodist pastor .
Woodland & Bold Springs UMC and, with Mary Ella, is a missionary to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.