Gladwell’s David and Goliath discusses failure stories from top colleges in America. Some students who attend top schools can be worse off than if they had attended a school that was easier and less expensive. But it would be wrong to conclude that the easier school is always the best.
Attending the best school possible may be a student’s attempt to see what his school can do for him, rather than what he can do for his school. There are two types of people: “lifters” and “leaners”. We may be more likely to soar in environments where we can “lift”. · · · →
Patience isn’t always recognized. Many mistake patience for slothfulness or wasting time. Time is money, but that doesn’t mean we should always spend it. Good things come to those who wait. When we live in haste we tend to forget the value of patience.
Sometimes patience requires action to create the opportunity to wait for something good. This is called perseverance. Making peace, for example, requires perseverance, before results are anywhere in sight.
While good things come to those who are patient, the best things come to those who persevere. As Jesus said, peacemakers shall be called sons of God. · · · →
Nothing beats good, old fashion hard work. And nothing reminds us of this more than watching a sloth eat. It even looks exhausted having to chew its own food.
Hard work doesn’t excuse the need for hard thinking. Wicked men are too lazy to work, while hard-working leaders often give unintentional injustice from lack of attention to detail.
Laziness comes in many forms and all of it can lead to one’s failure—even failure to rise in the first place.
Diligence is a good teacher. Does hard work support practical needs or is hard work a practical need in itself? · · · →
Making rounds, calling to check up on the family business, paying bills, and putting food on the table—these don’t involve much emotion or personal empathy, yet are the reason God is called “God the Provider”.
In the End, rebellious Angels will be despised for their inability to fulfill practical needs, for more than a short time. It’s the reason evil needs to harness good men rather than conquer them. And it’s the reason evil empires of money and military always fail, eventually.
For Angels, prayer is a practical need—one example of how America overlooks many practical, daily needs. · · · →