Summary: Take action, act decisively and take your opportunities when they present themselves.

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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

- Goethe

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” - Aristotle

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.” - Unknown

“Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.” - Japanese Proverb

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.” -Honore de Balzac

“Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” -Oliver Cromwell

James 1:23-25

“Strike While the Iron is Hot”

Meaning: To take “action” to “act” decisively and to take your opportunities when they arise.

Origin: An old proverb which clearly alludes to imagery of the blacksmith or farrier at work at his forge. As he must strike the iron while it is still hot to desirable shape it, else if he delays the metal will soon cool and harden; and the opportunity will be lost.

First Usage: The expression is recorded in Richard Edwards', “The excellent comedie of two the moste faithfullest freendes, Damon and Pithias”, circa 1566.

“Strike While the Iron is Hot” = Take Action.

We spent this past Monday in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

There are now over 400,000 people interned in Arlington.

6 of them are Fulkerson’s: (Barry D. Mar. 4, 1942 d. Dec. 12, 2008; Clarence T. Nov. 9, 1918 d. Oct. 31, 2010; Pvt Joshua 1848 d. Sep. 1, 1864; Samuel Teel Apr. 18, 1928 d. Jan. 19, 2000; Thelma Jun. 14, 1914 d. Apr. 4, 2005; William J. Sr. Mar. 16, 1914 d. Aug. 29, 2004).

The Medal of Honor (sometimes referred to as The Congressional Medal of Honor) is THE highest military decoration that can be awarded by the Government of the United States.

There Are 367 Medal of Honor Recipients Buried In Arlington National Cemetery As Of May 2006

These were men of uncommon valor. Men of Action;

Men who struck while the iron was hot!

Nehemiah – Was a Man of Prayer and a Man of Action.

He saw the shame of Jerusalem and clothed it in a wall of protection.

Ezra – Was a Man of Action.

With a wall for protection Ezra obtained a commission with the decree form King Cyrus (Ezra 1:1-4) to rebuild the temple. This set in motion the ticking of Daniel’s prophecy time clock (Daniel 9:24-25); counting down the 490 years to Messiah.

Elijah – Was a Man of Action (I Kings 17).

He stood against the prophets of Baal.

The Apostles – Were Men of Action.

They forged out the Church.

They struck while the iron was hot.

Jesus Was a Man of Action. He became what we were that we might become what He is.

II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

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