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“Ken Walker writes in Christian Reader that in the 1995 college football season 6-foot-2-inch, 280-pound Clay Shiver, who played center for the Florida State Seminoles, was regarded as one of the best in the nation. In fact, one magazine wanted to name him to their preseason All-American football team. But that was a problem, because the magazine was Playboy, and Clay Shiver is a dedicated Christian.”
“Shiver and the team chaplain suspected that Playboy would select him, and so he had time to prepare his response. Shiver knew well what a boon this could be for his career. Being chosen for this All-American team meant that sportswriters regarded him as the best in the nation at his position. Such publicity never hurts athletes who aspire to the pros and to multimillion dollar contracts.”
“But Shiver had higher values and priorities. When informed that Playboy had made their selection, Clay Shiver simply said, ‘No thanks.’ That’s right, he flatly turned down the honor. ‘Clay didn’t want to embarrass his mother and grandmother by appearing in the magazine or giving old high school friends an excuse to buy that issue,’ writes Walker. Shiver further explained by quoting Luke 12:48: ‘To whom much is given, of him much is required.’”
“I don’t want to let anyone down,” said Shiver, “and number one on that list is God” (Larson, p. 53).
I received an e-mail the other day with the subject reading "How did we ever survive?" I don’t know who authored it.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup on a warm day was always a special treat. Our baby cribs were painted with bright-colored lead-based paint. We often chewed on the crib, ingesting the paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank sugar soda, but we were never overweight; we were always outside playing. We had Little League tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students weren’t as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.
That generation produced some of the greatest risk-takers and problem-solvers. We had the freedom, failure, success, and responsibility, and learned how to deal with it all!!!
Are you a Risk-taker or a safety-seeker?
Responding to the increasing destructiveness of high winds in the Midwest, one developer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offered an optional tornado-safe room in the new homes he was selling. It cost an additional $2,500 for the room—which can also be used as a closet, bathroom, or vault when not needed for safety.
What would you do if you were building your home there? If you opted for the room, you were like Nine of the first ten buyers.
The tenth couple didn’t get the room. They chose to have a hot tub installed instead. Why do you think they did that? Were they foolish young folks?
Actually, they were 75 years old. I suppose they figured if the Good Lord had gotten them through 75 years without being killed by a tornado, he could get them through as many more as He chose and they’d rather enjoy the Jacuzzi than worry about tornadoes.
[from: Americans Are Facing More Disasters, USA Today (5-23-00)]
A. ONE OF THE PIONEERS IN THE CELLULAR PHONE BUSINESS IS A MAN VERY FEW OF US HAVE EVER HEARD OF: CRAIG MCCAW.
B. HIS BIOGRAPHY IS ENTITLED: MONEY FROM THIN AIR AND HE TELLS ABOUT HOW HE STARTED, MCCAW CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS, IN 1976, JUST THREE YEARS OUT OF COLLEGE.
C. EIGHTEEN YEARS LATER, HE SOLD HIS COMPANY TO AT&T FOR $16.5 BILLION, ACCORDING TO FORBES MAGAZINE
D. NOT TOO SHABBY FOR A FELLOW WHO IS DYSLEXIC, GOT C’S AND D’S IN COLLEGE AND LOST HIS FATHER WHEN HE WAS A FRESHMAN.
E. WHAT DO THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW CRAIG MCCAW SAY ABOUT HIM?
F. WELL, ONE OF HIS COMPETITORS, JACK ROBERTS SAYS, ”CRAIG’S STRENGTH IS TAKING BOLD RISKS. HIS THINKING IS VISIONARY, AND HE IS WILLING TO PLAY CLOSE TO THE EDGE.”
G. ANOTHER CELL PHONE INDUSTRY GURU DESCRIBED CRAIG AS: “AN INTELLIGENT RISK-TAKER WHO ONLY TOOK CALCULATED RISKS.”
H. HERSHEL SHOSTECK, OF FORBES MAGAZINE WRITES: ”MR. MCCAW HIRED PEOPLE HE TRUSTED AND GAVE THEM LOTS OF ROOM TO GET RESULTS. HE GAVE A LOT OF AUTONOMY TO HIS SUBORDINATES, AND THEY TOOK THE BALL AND RAN WITH IT.”
J. MCCAW HIMSELF SAID TO THE AUDIENCE AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS BANQUET IN 2001, “THE GREATEST BURDEN YOU CAN EVER PUT ON SOMEONE IS TRUST.
K. BUT IF YOU PASS AUTONOMY DEEP DOWN INTO ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE, YOU’LL GET EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS IF YOU ASK FOR A LOT AND REQUIRE ACCOUNTABILITY.”
L. IN ALL OF HIS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR VENTURES, MCCAW HAS DEMANDED THAT EMPLOYEES BE TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE GOAL AND BUY INTO HIS BELIEF THAT: “IF I WANT THE WALL TO FALL DOWN AND I’M WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE OF PUSHING ON IT LONG ENOUGH, IT WILL FALL DOWN.”
M. CRAIG MCCAW SAID AT A 2001 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: “YOU PASTORS MUST CONSIDER THE LONG TERM; BECAUSE SHORT TERM GRATIFICATION IS JUST THAT. BE HUMBLE: IF YOU THINK YOU’RE GREAT, YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT AND YOU WILL PROBABLY NEVER BE RESPECT YOUR CO-WORK...
In just the last 50 years there has been incredible innovation in technology. We have so many items in our home that we take for granted that really make our lives easier. TV remotes, microwaves, refrigerators, garage doors. All of these things had to be invented by somebody. Some of the greatest inventors have been considered crazy. Edison tried 50,000 times before he perfected the light bulb. George Washington Carver- development of the peanut- over 300 uses from axel grease, to peanut butter. Men and women who achieved what everyone else thought was impossible. Through all their adversity they stayed true to accomplishing their task. They were willing to risk failure because they knew that eventually they would discover the answer and when they did they were no longer seen as crazy but as genius. And without their drive and passion for innovation, their willingness to take risk we may not have hundreds of the amenities that we do today. We- Maybe you have never invented something that could help all of man kind but I think all of us have at one time or another dreamed of doing something or becoming something that would help with the greater good. Everyone wants to be known for something and to at least once in our lives stand out in the crowd. We want to be noticed for doing something special. To do something that nobody else has done. And unfortunately most people usually have the attitude, “Well I’m just one person, what am I supposed to do that is so great? How am I supposed to stand out with everyone else? I’ll just let someone else do it and then I’ll follow them. ?” But I want to try to prove to you today that the people who have stood out the most in history, those who have made the greatest impact are those people who you’ve never heard about. You see we enjoy some great things around us but if it wasn’t for people like Robert Noyce and Jack Kilby we wouldn’t be able to function on a day to day basis. They invented the microchip which is in every piece of technology imaginable. Or how about tim burners lee who along with a group of others invented the internet. Or Martin Cooper who invented the cell phone. There are so many great men and women of innovation that we don’t know about yet we are influenced by their work on a daily basis. And what these people have done is great but the truth is that what they invented will one day be replaced with something better. Technology is always changing and someday they will be totally forgotten. These men and women were amazing innovators but their innovations and desire to take risk when nobody else would doesn’t hold a candle to those people that the bible calls the others. God’s word is also full of stories of people who weren’t innovators in the sense that they created something. The innovators and risk takers that we read about are the ones that were willing to risk anything just because God asked them to obey. When everyone else thought they were crazy and ridiculed them they obeyed.
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"HERE BE DRAGONS. HERE IS GOD."
2 Timothy 3:1-7 Matt. 8:23-26; 16:24-26 John 16:33 Psalm 107:23-30
We all remember Hurricane Katrina and the damage it inflicted on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It’s only a memory now, but it left terrible devastation and painful memories that still remain. The other night on the news they were revisiting New Orleans and looking at how much still remains to be done. As I watched, I thought about all those sailors over the centuries who looked to the sea for their livelihood, and how familiar they must’ve been with similar scenarios. Then I also thought how life is often compared to a voyage at sea.
Consider the ancient sailors for a moment. Now they really were the ultimate risk-takers. A weather forecast in those days meant, maybe, a couple of hours warning . . . if they were lucky.
I read about an interesting map that’s on display in the British Museum in London. It’s an old mariner’s chart first drawn in 1525. It outlined the North American coastline and adjacent waters that had been explored. The cartographer made some intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored. Some of his notations included the following:
* "Here be giants!"
* "Here be fiery scorpions!"
* "Here be dragons."
The article explained that eventually the map came into the possession of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer in the early 1800’s. Franklin scratched out each one of the fearful inscriptions, and he wrote these words in their place: "HERE IS GOD."
How often do we live our lives like we’re following that original map? We sail through waters which seem filled with many dangers. Fear of the unknown becomes very real to us! It seems that "Here be Giants! and "There be fiery scorpions!" and "Near by are terrible dragons." Our fears take away our peace of mind everywhere we turn.
(From a sermon by Terry Barnhill, Here Is God, 10/26/2009)
DOORMAT OR DAUGHTER OF DESTINY
There's a difference between CO-OPERATING WITH GOD and being a DOORMAT for others. Rebekah has a choice. Is this her destiny? Is she merely a doormat for the plans of others? In John 10:10 (NIV) Jesus says "...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." So often God's intentions for me are so much higher than the plans other people have for me.
Rebekah is a RISK TAKER. Faith is always a risk. Giving your life to Christ is also a risk. FAITH MAYBE BLIND BUT IT ISN'T DEAF. Faith comes when we hear what God has to say for our lives and then we step out and act upon it without knowing what the future holds.
Rebekah courageously takes a step of faith by her willingness to give up her life with her family and go with this man to a land she has never seen, and marry a man she has never met, based upon God's promises to a relative which have yet to be fulfilled. Now that is faith.
A Click and a Pop-Up Menu! (06.30.05--Direction--John 21:15-19 )
Just being in love is not enough especially when you are considering spending the rest of your life in that condition.
Internet romance is on a real boom swing around the world. Only a few short years ago anyone who “dated” on line was considered an oddity at best. Finding a mate on line seemed like a cute idea but, from a practical standpoint, there weren’t a whole lot of risk takers willing to see if it really worked. That was true for the most part until just the past few years. Now there are literally hundreds of on line dating services popping up all over the place. “Falling in love” with a description and a picture has become for many a way of life and, perhaps, the safest and surest route to romance.
Although estimates are still rather shaky, it has been claimed by some that it is plausible to project that one out of every twenty marriages in the United States in recent years has resulted from some contact with an internet dating service. Projections for the future are even more generous. Finding that love direction has become for many simply a matter of a “click” and a “pop-up” menu.
Unfortunately, finding direction in love has never been an easy thing. And, with the advent of internet dating services, building lasting marriages that start out in the right “direction” from the start hasn’t been easy. Divorce rates are still high in the United States and there is little indication that these will decline. What is it about dating in general and internet dating in specific that so often fails the test of “lasting” romance? Are young couples, especially those engaged in internet courting, really headed in the right direction?
In November, 1975, 75 convicts started digging a secret tunnel designed to bring them up at the other side of the wall of Saltillo Prison in northern Mexico. On April 18, 1976, guided by pure genius, they tunneled up into the nearby courtroom in which many of them had been sentenced. The surprised judges returned all 75 to jail. (Campus Life, September, 1980.)
Unfortunately for many couples today, finding a romantic “direction” has often involved a lot of internet “prep” work filling in descriptive menus and profiles ...
PERSECUTED: CHRISTMAS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Three pastors have been called Monday to report to prison in Shiraz, a city in southwestern Iran, within the next 30 days in what is estimated to be an act of religious persecution. The pastors were essentially being sentenced for having meetings at home, making the government able to accuse them of conspiring. The increasing growth of Christianity in Iran is of course viewed as a threat to the Iranian regime, which uses Islam to control its people. In order to maintain control, the regime continues to try to weed Christianity out of the country. Rather than fighting persecution, Iranian church leaders have accepted it and are using it to their advantage. In fact, an Iranian pastor recently told me that the church is thriving under persecution. And, it is the youth who are among those that God is using to spread this incredible movement that is leading thousands of people to Christ in Iran.
The story evokes a bitter memory of pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian convert who remains in prison in Iran after he was sentenced to death in 2010 for alleged apostasy. The pastor remains imprisoned and reports coming from Iran say his health has been deteriorating.
In November 2010, a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy. She is the first Pakistani woman ever to receive a death sentence for blasphemy. Her life has been threatened by many, with a Muslim cleric putting a price on her head. In early 2011, Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab province, and Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister of Minority Affairs, were assassinated, allegedly for speaking out against the controversial blasphemy law.
This is the type of Christmas; persecuted Christians celebrate in nations that are hostile to Christ. They are the true contemporary Christian risk-takers. What are we really doing during this Christmas season?