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Finding True Happiness

Harris wanted to be a magician since he was 9-years-old. He gained fame and riches but discovered those were only illusions of true happiness found in God. Read Transcript


PAY CLOSE ATTENTION.

IT IS EASY TO BE DECEIVED.

WHEN I WAS NINE YEARS

ISLAND, ALOLD, ALL I ASKED

FOR CHRISTMAS WAS A BASEBALL

GLOVE, AND THE BOX WAS THE

PERFECT SIZE, BUT WHEN I

OPENED IT UP, IT WAS A MAGIC

BOX.

I GO TO PERFORM FOR MOM AND

DAD, AND THEIR EYES LIT UP,

AND MY EYES LIT UP.

I KNEW FROM THAT MOMENT I

WANTED TO DO MAGIC FOR THE

REST OF MY LIFE.

GROWING UP AS A KID IN A

SMALL TOWN IN SOMEWHAT OF A

POOR FAMILY, ALL OF MY STOVE

CAME FROM YARD SALES AND

HAND-ME-DOWNS.

IN HIGH SCHOOL, I REMEMBER

GOING INTO THE CAFETERIA,

AND NO ONE WANTED TO COME

SIT WITH ME, BUT IF I

REACHED INTO MY POCKET AND

PULLED OUT A DECK OF CARDS

OR A PIECE OF ROPE, IF I

STARTED DOING MAGIC TRICKS,

ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYTHING

CHANGED.

ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL OF THE

POPULAR KIDS IN MY SCHOOL

WANTED TO COME SIT AT MY

TABLE.

MY FIRST SHOWS WERE IN

CHURCH BUILDINGS.

AND THAT MADE MY PARENTS

REALLY HAPPY.

THE ENTREPRENEUR SIDE OF ME

REALIZED THERE WAS LOTS OF

BIG CHURCHES WITH A BIG

BUDGET, WILLING TO PAY FOR A

GOOD PRODUCT.

AND THE GOSPEL BECAME MY

PRODUCT, AND THE MEGA CHURCH

BECAME MY MARKET.

I COULD PUT ON THE SHOW THEY

WERE LOOKING FOR, BUT FOR ME

IT WAS, HEY, I'M GETTING A

REALLY GOOD PAYCHECK.

IT STARTED WITH PURE

MOTIVES, BUT EVEN THOUGH I

STARTED PERFORMING CORPORATE

DATES IN SCHOOLS AND CRUISE

SHIPS, IT WAS JUST LIKE IN

THE CHURCHES.

I WAS ABLE TO TRICK

EVERYBODY AROUND ME,

THINKING THIS MESSAGE IS

COMING FROM HIS HEART, A

GENUINE PLACE, BUT I HAD

THESE OTHER MOTIVES THAT

WERE MUDDYING THE WATERS.

I WAS A FAKE, WHICH IS

REALLY THE BEST WAY TO SAY

IT.

BY THE TIME I HAD GRADUATED

FROM HIGH SCHOOL, I STARTED

TRAVELLING THE WORLD DOING

MAGIC SHOWS.

BY THE AGE OF 18, I'D BEEN

BOOKED TO PERFORM IN ALMOST

ALL 50 OF THE UNITED STATES

BY REQUEST.

I STARTED DOING TOURS IN

ASIA AND CANADA.

I HAD MORE MA MONEY THAN

ANY 18-YEAR-OLD KID COULD

POSSIBLY HAVE.

I HET THIS GIRL, AND WE GOT

MARRIED AFTER DATING FOR A

FEW YEARS.

WE BUILT THIS BIG HOUSE, AND

I REMEMBER FILLING IT UP

WITH COOL STUFF, LIKE

BIG-SCREEN TVs, AND

PARKING A LOT OF EXPENSIVE

CARS IN THE DRIVEWAY.

SUCCESS ALWAYS BRINGS A

CERTAIN SHORT-LIVED

HAPPINESS.

THE PROBLEM IS IT IS NOT

GOING TO GIVE ME EVERLASTING

JOY.

OUT OF THE BLUE, I GET THIS

PHONE CALL.

IT IS FROM A FRIEND OF

MINE.

HE WAS, LIKE, HEY, HARRIS, I

WANT YOU TO GO WITH US DOWN

TO EL SALVADOR.

I WAS, LIKE, AREN'T THEY

REALLY POOR DOWN THERE?

HE WAS, LIKE, STOP THINKING

ABOUT MONEY FOR JUST A

MINUTE.

COME DO MAGIC FOR THESE

LITTLE KIDS.

I WILL NEVER FORGET THE

SMILES ON THESE LITTLE KIDS'

FACES.

THEY KIND OF EXPERIENCED

MAGIC FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THEY INVITED US TO COME WALK

IN SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES

AND VISIT SOME OF THE

FAMILIES AT THEIR HOMES.

THIS VERY LAST HOUSE, JUST A

ONE-ROOM HOUSE, AND THERE

WAS JUST A DIRT FLOOR.

THE FOUR WALLS WERE JUST

PIECES OF METAL AND WOOD,

AND THE ROOF WAS A PIECE OF

METAL, STRAPPED DOWN, AND IT

WAS LEAKING WHEN IT WAS

RAINING.

I THOUGHT, I HAVE IT REALLY

EASY BACK HOME IN AMERICA.

I SPOKE UP AND SAID, HEY, DO

YOU GUYS HAVE ANY PRAYER

REQUESTS?

AND SHE SAID, WE DON'T

REALLY HAVE ANYTHING TO ASK

FOR.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST PRAY TO

GOD AND THANK HIM FOR

BLESSING US SO MUCH.

WHEN YOU SIT WITH A FAMILY

WHO HAS SEEMINGLY NOTHING,

AND THEIR ONE SINGLE PRAYER

REQUEST TO THE GOD OF THE

UNIVERSE IS JUST TO SAY

THANK YOU FOR BLESSING US SO

MUCH, IT'S HARD TO COME BACK

TO AMERICA UNCHANGED.

I CAME BACK TO MY CUSHY,

COMFORTABLE AMERICAN

LIFESTYLE AND REALIZED I HAD

BEEN CLEVERLY TRICKED AND

DECEIVED INTO BUYING THE

LIES.

IN 2 CORINTHIANS, 4, PAUL

SAYS, FIX YOUR EYES NOT ONLY

OON WHAT YOU SEE BUT ON

WHAT YOU DON'T SEE.

BECAUSE WHAT WE SEE IS

TEMPORARY, BUT WHAT IS

UNSEEN IS ETERNAL.

THIS LITTLE LIGHTBULB WENT

OFF, AND IT WAS PROBABLY THE

HOLY SPIRIT, AND HE JUST

SAID, HEY, YOU TRICK PEOPLE

ON STAGE THE EXACT SAME WAY

YOU WERE TRICKED BY THE

WORLD.

THAT THE DECEPTION, THE

STUFF WE GET TRICKED INTO

BELIEVING, THOSE LIES WILL

ENTANGLE US AND KEEP US FROM

LIVING THE LIVES WE WERE

MEANT TO LIVE OUT.

I REMEMBER THIS EXPERIENCE

OF BEING FIVE YEARS OLD, AND

I GOT UP OUT OF MY SEAT AND

WALKED FORWARD AND PRAYED A

PRAYER WITH SOMEONE, AND I

WOULDN'T SAY THAT WASN'T

GENUINE, BUT I DON'T THINK I

REALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT

MEANT TO REALLY FOLLOW JESUS

UNTIL I WAS IN MY EARLY

20s.

HE DIED ON A CROSS LITERALLY

TO RESCUE ME, TO RESCUE ALL

OF US, SO OUR LIVES COULD

MATTER.

I HAD TO SHATTER THE

ILLUSIONS.

WE SOLD ONE OF OUR CARS, WE

SOLD OUR TV.

WE SOLD THAT BIG, FANCY

HOUSE.

NOT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT GOD

ASKS EVERYONE TO DO, BUT IT

IS WHAT HE ASKED US TO DO.

I DISCOVERED TRUE,

ABUNDANT-FILLED, PURPOSEFUL

LIFE.

AND NOW MY IDENTITY IS FOUND

IN THE EYES OF MY CREATOR

BECAUSE THAT TRUTH REALLY

HAS SET ME FREE.

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