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Perseverance is Everlasting

“He who stops being better, stops being good.”

– Oliver Cromwell


Unconventional Experiences and Their Relevance

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This post is not about politics or public policy, but about life.

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I got my early morning rolling to an essay from Foreign Affairs written by Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of many books on military history and national security. The essay is titled “More Small Wars” and it speaks on 10 lessons that the United States should learn and remember in order to be successful at the inevitable counterinsurgency and nation-building conflicts of the future.

However, that is NOT what this post is about. This post is far from matters of defense policy and national security. In Boot’s post, opinion article, or essay (whatever you feel comfortable calling it), he mentions how General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, two men who succeeded in their goals and efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, were two people, out of…

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Romans 1: Discipline That Leads To Certainty

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“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:first to the Jew and then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.'”

Romans 1: 16-17


I hope this is the first of many future posts over the next couple months. The young adults-young professionals ministry at our church is going through the Letter to the Romans and I decided to take small sections of each chapter in order to share some thoughts on them. It is my hope that my analysis and introspection doesn’t take the verses out of context–I believe that would be counterproductive. Without further delay, here we go.

I ask myself a short yet precise set of questions on…

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From the Ashes

I train all the time. Maybe not at the level of a pro athlete or an Olympian, but training and working out is part of my daily routine. Lately, this fall, my training has been wrecked by a great number of injuries. In mid September I got a really nasty cut on top of my shin playing Rec softball. Later in early October, I sprained by knee while swinging at a pitch in softball (seeing the pattern). Finally, 2 weeks ago, I had my most dangerous injury yet: I strained (pulled) my front quad while sprinting from first base to second.

Besides the fact that I will never play Rec softball again–the sacrifice doesn’t add up to the rewards–my fitness and training hasn’t been what is was in the late summer. In many ways, staying in shape and fit is an idol I constantly have to hand over to God in my life. At one point in my life I weighed around 270lbs and was very, very unhealthy. Not a good place to be. Since then, staying in shape has been an obsession. I know what it is like to feel unfit and out of shape, and I don’t experience that again.Therefore, my present state of injury pushes me near the edge of depression on a daily basis. I hate being broken. I hate it.

I know God is sovereign and His will reigns above all. My injuries, yes even them, fall under the will of God and I know that God is using them to build me stronger. However, it isn’t easy to be physically broken waiting to be healed. I know my idols and I know God hates them. Being in shape is not an idol, but being obsessed with worry of not being and afraid of failing before my obstacles is. To God be the glory, in victory and in defeat.

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