2 Samuel 23:11–12; Acts 17:9
Back to Being Ourselves
The Egyptians scored immense gains in the first few days of the Yom Kippur War in 1973. But on the tenth to twelfth day the initiative shifted to the Israelis when their armor smashed an Egyptian advance and opened the prospect of a swift, punishing Israeli counterattack. The Israeli chief of staff called Premier Golda Meir from the Sinai. His message—simplicity itself—told Golda all she needed to know: "Both the Israelis and the Egyptians are back at being themselves."
God’s people sometimes fall from grace in setbacks that humiliate them and disgrace him. Caught by surprise, as the Israelis were in the Sinai, we fall before Satan’s sneak attack, our righteousness collapsing before his overwhelming advances. However, we need not worry. The faith that serves as our vanguard serves also as our rearguard. It will stop the panicked chaos of retreat, stabilize our lines, rush reinforcements into the breach, and begin a counterattack! We can be ourselves again, rebounding from sin to righteousness, from defeat to victory. Temporary defeats are expected in any war, even when the enemy is being beaten. What God wants from us is consistent effort and a forward-looking witness.
Jeremiah 12:5; 1 Timothy 6:12
Well Worth the Extra Effort
The camera caught them at the instant of total exhaustion—heads back, open mouths gasping for relief, lungs and muscles screaming their distress. The University of Washington Crew had just finished a sub-six-minute victory, only the ninth such in the history of the Crew Classic. They had succeeded, but not easily. Victory had come only after punishing physical, mental, and emotional effort. They won by extending their fit bodies to the limit and then stretching them even more.
Have we ever resisted temptation to the point of screaming at the tempter? Have we ever given such an effort for Christ that it wrings out our energy, drains our reserves, and leaves us flat on our backs, wiped out? Who can calculate what would be the result if we underwent intensive, harrowing spiritual training equal to the training of the members of the Crew when they prepare to compete for the Classic.
Above from "Speakers Sourcebook of New Illustrations," Virgil Hurley
Now, there's an educator --
Speech by Dennis Prager of Colorado
We watched high school
principal Dennis Prager of Colorado, along with Sara Palin and Tom
Brokaw on TV a couple of weeks ago....what a dynamic, down to earth
speaker. Even though Palin and Brokaw were also guest speakers, they
did little but nod and agree with him.
This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values -- e pluribus Unum, "from many, one." And this school will be guided by America 's values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be
based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other
physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an
unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of
education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have
clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music,
astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more.
If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being
interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity,
that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
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