This month, Good News Wants to Know… if you could live one of the days of someone else’s life, who would it be and why?
I would like to have been Winston Churchill on July 4th, 1922, when, in a masterful speech, he convinced Parliament to adopt the Balfour Declaration thereby establishing for all time the Jewish homeland in the Palestine mandate. History shows it was this speech that saved the nation of Israel from extinction.
Oksana Horton, Creative Director, Torch and Trumpet Theatre Company
If I could live one day of someone else’s life I would like to be Nathanael and have a friend like Phillip tell me, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote,” and then hear Jesus say, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott P.A.
In October of 1939 a young bat boy by the name of Bobby handed his hero, Roy Hobbs, a bat he made with his bare hands. That bat, called The Savoy Special, was used to win the World Series that year for the Knights of NY. I’d love to live that moment through the eyes of Bobby, Mr. Hobbs, or The Savoy Special.
Bob Denison, President, Denison Yachting
My gut instinct is where I could have the biggest impact…so a day as POTUS is what first came to mind. With that said, I’d like a day in my wife’s shoes. She’s my best friend and the most important person in my life. I’d imagine that level of understanding could only help our relationship.
Most days I ask God to give me His eyes to see. Some days it sticks, others not so much. There is a beautiful song from Brandon Heath with the the following lyrics:
“Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missin’
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”
Walking a day with Jesus could instill this in my heart.
Char Talmadge, Executive Director, Rescue Upstream
If I could live one day of someone else, it would be a day in the life of my late father, who passed away just before my first birthday. I would love to see the world through his eyes – a young family of two baby boys, a beauty queen for a wife, and a new construction business in the Boston area. I am sure it was a great life for a man who got the most out of his 28 years.
Chip LaMarca, State Representative, Florida House District 100
If I had the chance to experience life through the eyes of another, I’d choose a day in the life of C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, among many other works. Lewis not only lived a life steeped in deep wisdom and notable achievements but also enjoyed camaraderie with the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, the brilliant mind behind The Lord of the Rings. Together, they were part of the “Inklings,” a tight-knit community of thinkers and writers who gathered often at Oxford during the 1930’s and 40’s.
Christopher C. Simpson, President & CEO, CBMC International
There are MANY days like that which I could name. One would be the Marquis de Lafayette on the day Cornwallis’ staff surrendered the British colors to Washington and the Continental Army on the Yorktown battlefield. It had to have been very satisfying!
H. Collins Forman, Jr., P.A.
If I could live one of the days of someone else’s life, it would be Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. While both brothers flew that day, with Wilbur achieving the longest flight, Orville was the first to successfully fly a powered aircraft. Airplane and aviation technology developments between that flight and WWII were astounding. Between 1910 and 1916, they trained 100 pilots, including the first military pilots. The photo of that first flight and the two brothers is on every pilot’s license today.
Craig D. Huston, Huston Consulting Group, LLC
It would be intriguing to live a day in the life of Waren Buffet. He owns numerous companies and has new opportunities researched and presented to him continually. It would be fascinating to know the systems he has in place to help make decisions and the people he has empowered in order to be so consistently successful.
Don Campion, President, Banyan Air Service, Inc.
Orville Wright. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Dec 17, 1903. The day two brothers proved the skeptics wrong and flew a plane into the sky after years of failed attempts. That had to be a great day!
Doug Sauder, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
I would be Barbara Walters because I would love to interview President Obama, Warren Buffet, Mother Theresa and Oprah to name a few.
Dr. Elizabeth King, Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer, Suits, Stilettos and Lipstick Foundation
If I could live one day of someone else’s life, I would want to be one of the guys that lowered the crippled man down to Jesus from the roof. The story is found in Mark 2. I would want to be a part of a miracle that wasn’t all about me but a miracle in which I was used to help bring someone to the presence of Jesus and just be a participant in someone else’s miracle.
Fidel Gomez, Assistant Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
Moses! Maybe the day of the burning bush! His relationship with God the Father was never matched in my mind!
Les Feldman. I love his monthly editorial articles in the Good News, and he gets to spend one week a month in Branson, Mo.
Gregg Wallick, President, Best Roofing, Inc.
There is really no one I would trade places with. My life isn’t perfect, and neither am I. I’m forgiven and blessed with a beautiful family and friends. All the money in the world can’t buy happiness. My Joy comes from the Lord! In these crucial times, we need to love one another and share Christ with all we come into contact with.
Helen Wayner P.A., Century 21 Hansen Realty
If I could live one day in the life of Martin Luther King, it’d be the day he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech because it was a day in history that has inspired an impact on human unity till today.
Dr. Jessica Vera, President and CEO, Elite Foundation
Since I love and also shoot lots of landscape photography, Ansel Adams, the acclaimed landscape photographer, came to mind. Yet I would prefer to spend a day as John Muir as he wandered around Yosemite National Park — before it was a park. His explorations and appreciation of nature is recorded as a great influence on President Teddy Roosevelt who went on to establish many protected areas of national forests and five national parks. Muir is reported to have said, “Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”
Justus Martin, photographer, Justus Martin Photo
Of all the people that have ever lived, I think I would like to have been one of the apostles. Just to have been with Jesus would be enough for a lifetime. And it was more than enough for them.
Larry Lacy, Pastor, The Answer Church
I’d love to live the first day of Eve’s life, before the fall. Wouldn’t it be amazing to walk and talk with God almighty, and experience His majestic creation before sin entered the picture? WOW!
Laura C. Bishop, Executive Vice President of Advancement, Palm Beach Atlantic University
If I could live one day as someone else, it would be my grandmother. She passed away when I was a young girl and I think it would be interesting living in the times she did and how we think life may have been much simpler and easier. I often wonder what her life was like.
Dr. Mary Drabik, President, South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary
This question took a bit of thought. Though my life is not and has not been perfect, I wouldn’t want to be anyone else, even for a day. However, I would like to have been able to experience the feelings that Enoch and Elijah both had as they were taken to be with the Lord, fully alive. Talk about a “well done thou good and faithful servant” moment! That had to be the ultimate experience.
Mike McDermott, PA, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, The Keyes Company
It would be Joseph, the father of Jesus. So much was required of him early on (accepting the whole immaculate conception thing). But it would be amazing to be him or see on the day he realized it was all True… That his little Baby Son was indeed God incarnate… It gives me chills.
Dr. Mike Rozenblum, Genesis Physical Medicine and Chiropractic
Nothing of great value is ever done in only one day. So to enjoy the thrill of success one experiences is really only accomplished while going through the long and hard process of preparation. Therefore, the one day of someone’s life I would like to experience is when Paul met Jesus and his life was completely transformed. That incredible grace and unmerited favor is the same we all receive from our Lord Jesus Christ as believers.
Milan Stefanovic, Chief Operations & Personal Lines Officer, Bass Underwriters
If I could live one of the days of someone else’s life, I would want that person to be our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Living one day of Christ Jesus’ life would cause me to truly know Him more personally. As the apostle Paul desired to know Christ Jesus more personally, I desire the same. Also, to live one day of Christ Jesus’ life will show me the depth of His love for humanity, which would be quite awesome to experience.
O’Neal Dozier, Pastor, The Worldwide Christian Center
If I could walk in someone else’s shoes for one day, ( I say this with the utmost respect) I would want to walk 24 hours in the sandals of Jesus (even if I could just walk alongside Him for a day). Most of all, so I could FEEL with His heart, SEE with His eyes, HEAR with His ears, and THINK with His mind. I would be very interested to know how He would spend 24 hours in South Florida in 2023. I would be curious who He would talk to, how He would interact, how He would express His convictions, His passion, His love, and to know His tears and His laughter… and especially how he would interact with children.
Coach Rick Andreassen, Founder/President, SAINTS International Sports Ministry and SAINTS Homeschool P.E.
The one person for one day that I would have loved to be in his shoes (golf shoes that is) is my buddy Bernhard when he won the Masters for the second time in 1993. Not only because he won the greatest golf tournament on earth, but because he had recently become a believer in Jesus as his Lord and Savior and the last day of the tournament was on Easter Sunday and Bernhard was able to give Jesus the credit that day for getting him through the battle of the mind and come out victorious!
Romney C. Rogers, Managing Partner, Rogers Morris Ziegler LLP
If I could live one of the days of someone else’s life, it would be Peter from the Bible on the day that he saw the resurrected Jesus. Peter is known for his boldness and not always saying the right thing at the right time. He stepped out to walk on water, but then he even denied knowing Jesus. But after a period of hopelessness seeing Jesus die on the cross, thinking that was the end, he was one of the first that Jesus appeared to when He rose from the dead. Peter was then restored and went from being a fisherman to being one of the great leaders of the church. This is a picture of our life before and after Jesus, who we were and who we are in Him. What a powerful day that must have been.
Steve Daigle, Campus Pastor, Calvary Chapel Parkland
On Thursday, December 4, 1783, General George Washington received the officers of the victorious Continental Army to say farewell in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern, located on the corner of Pearl and Broad streets in lower Manhattan. I’ve always wondered, since visiting the site as a 3rd grader going to school in NYC, what it would be like that day saying good bye to his officers. He had fought the unwinnable war against the strongest army in the world and won against great odds….it was with these men he had a great triumph…who knew what was next?
Steve Solomon, Area Director, CBMC South Florida
It would be Henry David Thoreau of Walden Pond fame back in 1845, where he built a little cabin in Concord, Mass., and lived there by himself for two years, two weeks and two days to see what his purpose in life was all about. Like St. Francis of Assisi, he preached simplicity. His “Civil Disobedience” philosophy is still being practiced today by countless activists, especially peaceful protesters…like myself. From Mahatma Gandhi to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who both preached Thoreau’s Transcendentalist and peaceful way of life. I was introduced to Thoreau when I was 15 years old while attending Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and my life has never been the same. That is why I moved to Palm Beach County in the Year 2000 to design and build a beautiful log home by my own “Walden Pond.”
Willy Guardiola, Christian on a Mission
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