Change in the Weather

Bob Harris, former weatherman for the New York television station, WPIX-TV, and the nationally syndicated independent Network news, had to weather a public storm of his own making in 1979. Though he had studied math, physics and geology at three colleges, he left school without a degree but with a strong desire to be a media weatherman. He phoned WCBS-TV, introducing himself as a Ph.D. in geophysics from Columbia University. The phony degree got him in the door.

After a two-month tryout, he was hired as an off-camera forecaster for WCBS. For the next decade his career flourished. He became widely known as “Dr. Bob.” He was also hired by the New York Times as a consulting meteorologist. The same year both the Long Island Railroad and then Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn hired him.

At forty years of age and living his childhood dream! However, he soon found himself in public disgrace and national humiliation when an anonymous letter prompted WCBS management to investigate his academic credentials. Learning the facts about his false credentials, both the TV station and the New York Times fired him!

His story got attention across the land. He was on the Today Show, the Tomorrow Show, and in People Weekly, among others. He thought he’d lose his home and never work in the media again. Harris was able to get other jobs, but he admits it was a dreadful mistake on his part and doubtless played a role in his divorce. Observe his words of regret:

“I took a shortcut that turned out to be the long way around, and one day the bill came due. I will be sorry as long as I am alive.” *

Like Bob Harris, we all have endured storms of our own making – perhaps not to the same magnitude as Harris’, but perhaps so. The Bible teaches that “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

And you can be certain that YOUR sin, no matter how well hidden, will eventually find you out also (Numbers 32:33). One day, “the bill will come due.” We will ALL have to give an account of our lives to God (Romans 14:12).

The GOOD NEWS is that forgiveness is available! God loves us so much that He gave His Son to die on the cross for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). If we will submit our lives to Him in faith (Acts 16:30-31), truly repenting of our sins (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized (immersed) in His name (Acts 2:38), then God will forgive us of our sins. If we continue to walk in the light of His word, then He will continue to forgive us, too (1 John 1:7).

Some of the storms in our lives are due to wrong choices that we have made. But Jesus can calm these storms – if we will allow Him.

Won’t YOU?

David A. Sargent

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