Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tribal Wisdom

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that whenever you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

In modern education and government, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed such as:

1. Buying stronger whip

2. Changing riders

3. Threatening the horse with termination

4. Approaching a committee to study the horse

5. Arranging to visit other countries to see how others ride dead horses

6. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included

7. Re-classifying the dead horse as “living impaired”

8. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse

9. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed

10. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horses performance

11. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horses performance

12. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, is less costly, carries lower overhead, and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses

13. Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all horses

14. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position

Monday, March 5, 2012

Getting Through Trials

(Note: This was written on Sunday. I'm just now getting it corrected)

In church this morning, the sermon was on temptation and how we are supposed to do 3 things.

We are to:
1. Submit ourselves to God during trials
2. Resist the devil/temptation during trials
3. Humble ourselves during trials

The passage of scripture that was read to us today was out of James. I'm going to type it out (even though you may know it) because it will be good for me. :) Here we go:

Profiting from Trials (Verses 2-8)

2. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into various trials

3. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience

4. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing

5. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally, and without reproach and it will be given to him

6. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind

7. For let not that man suppose think that he will receive any thing of the Lord.

8. He is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways

Loving God under trials (verses 12-18)

12. Blessed is the man who endures temptation: for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him

13. Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he himself tempt anyone.

14. But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

15. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin when it is full grown brings forth death

16. Do not be deceived my beloved brethren

17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation, or shadow of turning

18. Of his own will He brought us forth, by the word of truth, that we may be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures

Qualities needed in trials (verses 19-20)

19. So thenn, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

20. For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.