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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

"Eugene Who?"

    Image result for picture of michael landon WE’VE ALL HEARD THE STORIES OF FAMOUS AND SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE.  BUT JUST HOW DID THEY BECOME SO SUCCESSFUL? WERE THEY BORN THE BEST IN THEIR FIELD OF WORK? WERE THEY THE SMARTEST, THE FASTEST, THE STRONGEST?

 

    HIS NAME WAS EUGENE OROWITZ. HE WAS A SCRAWNY KID FROM NEW JERSEY WHO WASN’T REALLY GOOD AT ANYTHING – EXCEPT DREAMING. HE DREAMED OF GOING TO CALIFORNIA AND BECOMING A MOVIE STAR. BUT IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. IT WAS ONLY A DREAM.

 

     THEN, ONE DAY HIS HIGH SCHOOL TRACK COACH INTRODUCED A NEW TRACK EVENT - THROWING THE JAVELIN, AND THE COACH ASKED EACH BOY TO GIVE IT A TRY. 

 

     BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WHEN GENE'S TIME CAME, THIS 130 POUND WEAKLING THREW THE JAVELIN ALL THE WAY INTO THE GRANDSTANDS. THE COACH WAS SHOCKED, AND SO WAS GENE.

 

     AFTER A FEW MORE PRACTICE THROWS THE COACH ASKED HIM TO TRY OUT FOR THE TRACK TEAM. HE SAID THAT EUGENE HAD REAL POTENTIAL, BUT ONLY IF HE WAS WILLING TO WORK VERY HARD.

 

    EUGENE THOUGHT, “THIS WAS HIS CHANCE”. SO HE PUT EVERYTHING HE HAD INTO IT. HE WENT ON A WEIGHT LIFTING PROGRAM AND PRACTICED FAITHFULLY EVERY DAY BEING THE BEST HE COULD AT THROWING THE JAVELIN.

 

     THEN THE BIG DAY CAME FOR THE STATE TRACK MEET. EVERYONE WAS THERE, EVEN THE COLLEGE SCOUTS; AND THAT DAY, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, EUGENE OROWITZ, THAT PREVIOUSLY SCRAWNY 130 POUND WEAKLING THREW THE JAVELIN 226 FEET, A NEW NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RECORD. HE COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. HE WAS AWARDED A FULL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP TO A CALIFORNIA COLLEGE AND BECAME A SERIOUS CONTENDER FOR THE OLYMPICS.

 

     BUT THEN, IT SEEMED HE DREAM WAS OVER. HE TORE A MUSCLE IN HIS SHOULDER WHICH ENDED HIS CHANCE TO GO TO THE OLYMPICS.

 

     BUT DID HE QUIT DREAMING? NO WAY. EUGENE ENROLLED IN AN ACTING SCHOOL AT WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO AND WENT ON TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED ACTORS IN AMERICA WHO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, PRODUCED A TELEVISION SERIES PEOPLE STILL WATCH AND LOVE EVEN TODAY. 

 

     I HAD THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH HIM AND TO WATCH HIM AT WORK. HE WAS AN EXCELLENT ACTOR, A SUPERB  PRODUCER, AND AN UNBELIEVABLE WRITER AND DIRECTOR. HE WENT ON TO BECOME A GREAT SUCCESS.

 

     BUT JUST HOW DID IT HAPPEN? HOW DOES IT HAPPEN? SIMPLE – BY ACTING – BY DOING  - BY STRIVING – BY REFUSING TO QUIT. YOU SEE, PEOPLE MAY DOUBT WHAT YOU SAY, BUT THEY’LL NEVER DOUBT WHAT YOU DO. WHEN YOU WALK WHAT YOU TALK…PEOPLE LISTEN.

 

    BUT, WILL IT COME EASY? WILL THERE BE TRIALS AND HARDSHIPS AND ADVERSITIES ALONG THE WAY? OF COURSE THERE WILL. WHAT DO WE DO THEN?

 

         IN THE BIBLE, THE BOOK OF JAMES, IT TELLS US JUST HOW WE SHOULD RESPOND TO ADVERSITY. IT SAYS,

 

“WHEN ALL KINDS OF TRIALS CROWD INTO YOUR LIVES, MY BROTHERS, DON’T RESENT THEM AS INTRUDERS, BUT WELCOME THEM AS FRIENDS! REALIZE THEY HAVE COME TO TEST YOUR ENDURANCE. BUT DON’T QUIT, INSTEAD LET THE PROCESS GO UNTIL THAT ENDURANCE IS FULLY DEVELOPED, AND YOU WILL FIND YOU HAVE BECOME MEN AND WOMEN OF MATURE CHARACTER.”

 

                                                   HOW TRUE.                         ONE ANONYMOUS POET SAID IT THIS WAY, LOOKING BACK IT SEEMS TO ME,ALL THE GRIEF, WHICH HAD TO BE,LEFT ME WHEN THE PAIN WAS O’ER,RICHER THAN I’D BEEN BEFORE.

 

    JUST WHO WAS THIS EUGENE OROWITZ? THIS DREAMER WHO DARED TO TAKE ON THE IMPOSSIBLE AND WIN?

 

                               HE WAS LITTLE JOE ON BONANZA,

               HE WAS PA ON “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE”.

                             YOU WOULD KNOW HIM BETTER AS

                                                 MICHAEL LANDON.