Blazing down the track at a nearly unbelievable speed, one runner was more determined to win than the others. As he entered the final leg on the 400 meter sprint in 5th place, he forced himself to push ahead of the next runner. Then the next, and the next. Moments later, he found himself clutching an Olympic gold medal. This man, after years of diligently working, practicing, training, researching, and preparing, finally saw his dream—to win the gold in the 1964 Olympics—come to fruition. He won!
Do you know who he was?
“You have something you want to tell us.”
My flight leader addressed the cadet officers in my flight at Cadet Officer School, a 10-day leadership training activity sponsored by Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Everyone at the camp had at least received the Mitchell Award in Civil Air Patrol, attaining the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant, which some in CAP consider to be equivalent to receiving the Eagle Scout. Still, my flight leader knew there was more to our lives than that single achievement.
My last post was a preview of what I really wanted to say. This post serves as the core foundation for what I believe and want to communicate through this blog.
You’re ready! You have laid out all the best arguments to someone. The point is clear. The truth has been stated. There’s no way they can respond. And you eagerly await their affirmation of your persuasive words as they are forced to admit you’re right.
And then comes the reply. “I don’t agree with that.”
This is the second post in a series on understanding others. You can read the first one here.
According to Pew Research, “Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history”. People today are becoming further separated in their views from one another. Generally, we mostly socialize with people who share our views. Mainly, we think that people who believe differently on major issues are stupid.
When I lived in Virginia, we often went hiking on the Peaks of Otter. There was a trail you could take up Sharp Top, the more commonly hiked mountain. It was really nice. There is one interesting thing that I remember, though. When you looked over at Flat Top, the other mountain, it looked lower than you.
However, it was actually taller
Yes, all men have the right to be free. This right was given to them by God, and should not be taken away by man or government. Freedom was given to us by God. God gave Adam and Eve the choice staying in a perfect garden and enjoying this fellowship, or eating the fruit and dying
I have a confession to make: I believed it.
On January 28, 1986, the Columbia space shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff, killing the seven astronauts on board. Investigation revealed that a those in charge had been warned of faulty O-rings - the cause of the disaster - but had discounted the concern. They had succumbed to “groupthink”.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14
The pastor preaching at my church today preached a message entitled “God is able”. God still has the power to move in our country! Yet, Christians are losing America.
About Nathaniel Hendry
I blog on common social issues from a reasoned, conservative Christian perspective in easy to understand writing. I am committed to academic excellence in writing and supported by solid reasoning and research.
About A Worthy Word
The Worthy Word isn't mine, but God's. I just try to explain the truly Worthy Word and encourage you from it.