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A little over a year ago I made my first visit to Tel Megiddo in northern Israel. It’s an ancient city sitting at the natural crossroads of the ancient world. As one long enamored with archeology, I could have stayed for days – and I cannot wait to return for our Empower Texans 2020 trip next spring.

Megiddo was of critical trade and strategic importance for seven millennia. Anyone traveling north and south through the region would pass near. Never heard of it? Yes you have. We know of Megiddo by its Greek name, through the writings of John in the New Testament Book of Revelation: Armageddon.

No matter what one thinks of eschatology and biblical prophecy, Megiddo tells us a lot about the opportunities we have if we seize them.

The city was occupied for some 7,000 years. As an archeological site, it is without equal – layer upon layer of cities testify to people taking advantage of their geography to influence the world.

Megiddo was in a valley that made for easy travel. One could literally touch the corners of the world of the day merely by living in Megiddo. All of the important roads came through Meggido, and those who lived there drew immense power from controlling the junction.

We all have such opportunities. Each of us is placed somewhere in which we interact, directly or indirectly, with thousands of people. Where are you?Are you using your position – maybe it’s your actual geographic position, or maybe it’s your profession, skills, wealth, interests, or relationships – to influence the world around you?

Politically, grassroots conservatives are frustrated with the do-little legislative session that just concluded. Texas lawmakers had the opportunity to lead the nation on critical reforms this year. Texas is at the center of attention, with a critical opportunity to lead, yet they took a pass.

As happens, Megiddo’s importance eventually waned. The geopolitical reality of the Iron Age, the rise of the Roman Empire, all washed by and Megiddo fell away into rubble. It was uninhabited by around 500 B.C. Yet its name and legacy lived on as a literary tool and a rhetorical device. (Meggido’s place in future history, of course, is a different discussion.)

I choose not to believe Texas is entering a period of decline. I believe rejuvenation is possible. I know it is needed. You and I must decide what we will do to make Texas count, and ensure the Lone Star State continues as a force for good influencing the world.

Should the Lord tarry another 7,000 years, will Texas be remembered for squandering its place or seizing opportunities? What you and I do next will be the answer to that question.