Overcoming Limitations

Overcoming Limitations I enjoy watching Clint Eastwood movies.  One of my favorites is Dirty Harry.  At one point, Eastwood’s character Harry Callahan looks at the camera and says “A man’s got to know his limitations.”  I believe that is so very true.   I know that I have many, many limitations.  Everyday when I look in the mirror (the most important piece of furniture in your house) I remind myself of those limitations.  Then, I drop to my knees and ask God to give me the strength, courage and wisdom to do the things that He wants me to do that particular day.  I know that God will help me overcome my limitations.   I always turn to the Bible for insights and wisdom.  In Mark 10:27:  “Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”  I know that, because of my

Searching for Inner Peace

    There is so much anxiety across our nation, and our world, these days.  Everyone appears to be unbelievably anxious and concerned.  The results of our national elections caused many folks to be happy, and many much less happy.  These days there are protests in the street on a daily basis.  Every time you turn on the TV, or read a newspaper, there is something going on that causes us all to be even more anxious. We need inner peace, individually and as a nation.  Where can we find it?   Many folks turn to exercise, meditation, food or drink to attain some level of inner peace.  Those things work to some extent.  Some folks even deny that there is any anxiety at all.   They think they are living a stress free life.  Interestingly, sometimes in life we are so consumed by things that we aren’t even aware of.   I find my inner

The Future of our Nation

The Future of our Nation   I just completed watching the inauguration ceremony for President Trump.  I was very impressed by the event itself, as well as the comments made by our new President.  I was particularly happy with the number of times that he asked God to help him, and all of us, as we move forward.   We as a Nation are very anxious.  We are concerned (as we should be) about our Nation’s security, about our economy, about our borders and about our children’s education.  As I was told by one of my mentors “You can’t roll up your sleeves while you are wringing your hands”.  We as Americans must put aside our differences and work together for the common good.  We must emphasize the fact that we are Americans first…..and then Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals etc after that.  Let’s do what is right for America. As President Trump said,

Muhammad Ali, the “People’s Champion”

Our Nation lost a great American and a National treasure when Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016.  His fans called him “The Greatest”, usually speaking of his boxing prowess.   I argue that he was also the “Greatest” when it came to his humanity and his love and concern for his fellow man.  He was a role model that we should all strive to be like.   It is important to acknowledge all aspects of the man known as Muhammad Ali, and not just his ability to box.  Ali started his boxing career at the age of 12 in Louisville, KY, and continued to his retirement in 1981.  He had 56 winds  (37 by knock out) and 5 losses.  He became the heavyweight champion of the world on 3 separate occasions.  He won a gold medal is the 1960 Olympics.  He surely could “float like a butterfly and sting like a

Memorial Day Rememberances

On Monday, May 30 we as a Nation celebrated Memorial Day.  It is a day in which some of us (but unfortunately not very many) took the time to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  To date, over 1.2 Million American men and women have died protecting our freedoms and our way of life.  Freedom isn’t free.  I like to remind folks of the phrase “Land of the free, because of the brave.”   I am convinced that everyday should be Memorial Day.  Everyday we should take the time to reflect on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Honor their memories, and pray for their Families.  For the survivors, their loss is as painful today as it was the day of the tragedy.  Don’t think they forgot.  We shouldn’t either.   Do something to ensure future generations understand the cost of freedom.  Take your children to visit

Don’t Postpone Your Joy

This past week our daughter Susan gave birth to our first granddaughter, Piper Ann.  Sarah and I have now been blessed with three grandchildren.  JW is 3, Rex is 9 months, and now we have Piper.   The entire week I have been thinking about the joy of being a grandparent.  It has been said that if we knew being a grandparent was so much fun, we would have had the grandkids first.   It would be easy for me to postpone my joy.  With all the things that I have going on right now, it would be easy to simply wait until “tomorrow” to enjoy the time with my grandkids.  The problem with that is there might not be a tomorrow.   We should all make it a point to never postpone our joy.  Take the time today to enjoy the moment, to cherish the experience.   Simon and Garfunkel had a song many years ago,

Kindness

I am a fan of county and western music.  I find that sometimes the lyrics of the songs provide “lessons in life”.  Tim McGraw’s new song “Humble and Kind” really tells us how we should be living our lives.  Here are some of the lyrics:   Hold the door, say please, say thank you Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie I know you got mountains to climb but Always stay humble and kind When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you When the work you put in is realized Let yourself feel the pride but Always stay humble and kind   Every day of our lives we should strive to be humble and kind.  Imagine what a wonderful world it would be if everyone would do just that.  If you think about it, it really isn’t that hard.  It just involves making a conscious decision to live our lives that way.   It is imperative that we teach our children to

Women in Combat

It is amazing to me how much intellectual energy we as a Nation are spending on debating whether or not women should be in combat.  They already are.  They are performing mission essential functions across today’s battlefield.  They are medics, intelligence analysts, logisticians and many other things.  They are absolutely essential to everything the US Military does.   The idea that we should open all branches of the military to women makes no sense.  They already fight side by side with infantrymen, tankers, etc.  They are already merged.  Why do they actually need to be part of that branch?  We are a combined arms team. Each branch of the service has a specific function.  They train to be able to perform that function, and then commanders synchronize their different capabilities on the field of battle.   We have seen female warriors throughout history, starting back in ancient times.  The Bible is full of

Have Faith

Many times throughout my military career I was confronted with situations where I didn’t have adequate resources (people, time, or money) to accomplish the mission at hand.  I had a choice.  I could either throw up my hands and give up, or turn to God and ask him to be with me and for the strength to be able to accomplish the task with the resources available.  I chose the latter option.   Gideon had the same situation as outlined in the Book of Judges.  God came to Gideon and gave him the mission of leading the Israelites against the Medianites, a seemingly insurmountable task given resources available.  Gideon’s first response, much like Moses, was highlighting his limitations. But Lord, Gideon asked, how can I save Israel?  My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.  The Lord answered, I will be with you, and

Source of Courage

We all need help.  We need strength, courage to do the things that need to be done on a daily basis.  There are many sources for that strength and courage.  I get mine from my relationship with God.  In Joshua 1:9 it is written Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go   Knowing that God is with us wherever we go is an amazing  source of strength.  Many times throughout my military career I was tasked to perform something that was very dangerous, but I could do it without fear knowing that God would be with me.   During Desert Shield and Desert Storm, I was the Executive Officer of a Cavalry Regiment.  We were stationed in Doha, Kuwait and were the last American presence in Kuwait.  Everyone else had returned
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