January 09, 2013 - Someone has said that an expert is anyone who is more than 100 miles away and you have to pay to talk to them. Our culture is full of experts. There are experts out there who will tell you that the economy is lousy –you'll never get that career you've always wanted. You're marriage is too far gone –you might as well call it quits. You don't have the skills necessary –you might as well settle for less.
Oh yea? Listen to what the experts used to say:
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell, U.S. Patent Office director, 1899
Who the h— wants to hear actors talk?
H. M. Warner, Warner Bros. Pictures, c. 1927
Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.
Grover Cleveland, 1905
There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.
Robert Millikan, Nobel prize winner in physics, 1923
Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.
Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, c. 1895
Ruth [Babe Ruth] made a big mistake when he gave up pitching.
Tris Speaker, 1927
The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty.
The Michigan banker who advised Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the new motor car company
Gone with the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history. I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling flat on his face and not me.
Why not dream some big dreams this New Year? Scripture says that God can help you "sing a new song" (Psalm 96). God can make you into "a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17). He can give you "a new heart and a new spirit" (Ezekiel 36:26). You can "be made new in the attitude of your mind" (Ephesians 4:23). Through faith in God you can "put on a new self" (Colossians 3:10)!
Don't listen to the experts this New Year! Listen to God! And go for it!
The Rev. Greg Henneman is pastor of Clarkston Community Church.