Every school class has the same basic roles: the class clown, the handsome athlete, the rich kid, the nerd, the awkward musician, the fat-smelly kid, etc. Every student has problems and redeeming qualities alike—every student.
I was the awkward musician. And I always liked fat-smelly kids. Because the secret about the fat-smelly kids is, they really are cool. But most people don’t see it until everybody grows up.
Politically, France is the class clown, America the athletic jerk, and China the fat-smelly kid. Everyone has honest potential and we all need to grow up. · · · →
Why Big Boys don’t Cry (mp3)
The strength of opposition reveals the strength of character. When your leaders are angry with you, it’s because you’re not living up to the standard they have for you. Many angry leaders don’t realize: The angrier they are, the more they believe in the people they are angry with.
Often times, we don’t respect ourselves as much as our critics do. We don’t think we are as capable as they do. We throw the tomatoes back instead of being thankful for the complement.
Being “macho” is about pretending. Real “big boys” don’t cry because they don’t find a reason to. · · · →
Patience. It can seem a waste of time, irresponsible, lazy, incompetent, out of touch, uncaring. We want to solve problems at their roots, nip them in the buds, and be preemptive to be preventative. Diligence is proactive. Is it different from patience?
Not everything requires us to make the first move. Dodging and blocking punches can lead to a quicker victory by exhausting the opponent.
Without patience, all bread would be flat. Frosting would melt off the cake. We’d never have butter, ice cream, or even cream for that matter.
With more patience, we might have a little less war. · · · →
The Need We Didn’t Want (mp3)
If Heaven were a cuisine, it would be anything but junk food. It’s spicy. The lemonade is strong. The romaine lettuce is so bitter you can barely swallow it. And that’s what it means to be healthy. Praise God that God doesn’t give us sugar and chocolate every time we ask for it.
The little pockets of sobriety and sanity have kept the darkness at bay for centuries. Islam can’t attack America while Israel stands. Island nations prevent war in Southeast Asia. And truth-telling friends sure are inconvenient—though a lot less inconvenient than the alternatives. · · · →