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Get a Life!
MATTHEW 25:21.
Check out this advice given by novelist Anna Quindlen, at a university graduation
ceremony: ‘Don’t confuse your life with your work. What you are will always be more
important than what you do. There’ll be many others with your same degree, doing
what you want to do, maybe doing it better. But you have sole custody, not only of
your life, but of your mind and of your heart.
Lord, show me
‘It’s easier to write a résumé than craft a spirit or build a character. And a
résumé is cold comfort when you’re sad, broke, lonely or you’ve received back
what life really
the test results and they’re not so good. I no longer consider myself the centre of
is, show me the
the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh. I make my marriage vows mean
value of me in Your
something. I pray. I’m good to my friends, because without them I’d be a cardboard
Kingdom. Your
Word says You
‘Get a life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion or bigger paycheque or larger
know every hair
house. Do you really think you’d care about those things if you had a suspected
on my head, and
stroke or found a lump in your breast?
I believe it. Help
‘Get a life in which you are generous. All of you want to do well but if you don’t do me see the fullness
good, doing well will never be enough.’ Do it right the fi rst time because life’s not a of You in me, help
dress rehearsal. Discover God’s will for you and give yourself unreservedly to it. Live
me know the depth
with the end in view; the fi nal graduation when you’ll want to hear the words, ‘Well
of your character,
done, thou good and faithful servant’’ (Matthew 25:21).
the depth of Your
grace, Your mercy
The Right To Lead
and love, that I
might one day
hear You say ‘well
done my good and
On May 28, 1970, when a land mine injured one of his soldiers, General Norman
faithful servant’
Schwarzkopf fl ew to where the man lay. While his helicopter was evacuating him,
another man stepped on a mine, severely injuring his leg. That’s when everyone
realised they were standing in a minefi eld. Schwarzkopf knew the injured man could
survive, even keep his leg but only if he stopped fl ailing around. There was only one
thing Schwarzkopf could do: go to the man and immobilise him.
In his autobiography he wrote, ‘I started through the mine fi eld one slow step at a
time, staring at the ground, looking for telltale bumps or little prongs sticking up
from the dirt. My knees were shaking so hard that each time I took a step I had to
grab my leg and steady it with both hands, before I could take another. It seemed
like a thousand years before I reached that kid.’
The 240-pound Schwarzkopf pinned the wounded man and calmed him down.
Eventually, he got him and the others out of the minefi eld. Later that night, when
Schwarzkopf was at the hospital, three black soldiers stopped him and said,
‘Sir, we saw what you did for the brother out there. We’ll never forget it.’ Until
that moment it hadn’t occurred to Schwarzkopf that the soldier he had saved
was black. The army gave Schwarzkopf the power to lead. His skills gave him
the ability to lead. But only character and courage can give you the right
to lead!
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