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“A One Way Street With No Turns!” Luke 9: 49-50 Key verse(s): 49: “‘Master,’ said John, ‘we say a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because his is not one of us.’”



“For many years Sir Walter Scott was the leading literary figure in the British Empire. No one could write as well as he. Then the works of Lord Byron began to appear, and their greatness was immediately evident. Soon an anonymous critic praised his poems in a London Paper. He declared that in the presence of these brilliant works of poetic genius, Scott could no longer be considered the leading poet of England. It was later discovered that the unnamed reviewer had been none other than Sir Walter Scott himself!


There is a distinction between jealousy and envy. To envy is to want something which belongs to another person. ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, his wife or his servant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’ In contrast, jealousy is the fear that something which we possess will be taken away by another person. Although jealousy can apply to our jobs, our possessions, or our reputations, the word more often refers to anxiety which comes when we are afraid that the affections of a loved one might be lost to a rival. We fear that our mates, or perhaps our children, will be lured away by some other person who, when compared to us, seems to be more attractive, capable and successful.” (Dr. Gary Collins in Homemade, July, 1985)


Comparisons are never a good idea when the exercise is focused on self-advancement. Scott realized that his best offense was a good defense in that regard. Putting himself in a position of humility to begin with, he opened his heart and his life to receiving the honors that always come to those who prefer being last in line. Scott recognized that just being a poet was important. The honor was in the being not the achieving. And my brother? I have a picture of my father on my office wall. As I looked up to him and he down upon me a sudden sense of fulfillment rushed through me. My brothers’ (both of them) successes are my successes as well because we are all cut from the same stock. I am honored in their lives because their work is a reflection of my father of whom I am a son. So, happy birthday brother; it’s good to be a son.

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