2-½ minutes to readAmerica was built on the idea that success comes from working hard and staying out of trouble. But there were always barriers to attaining elite status. Those who went to an Ivy League University had certain doors open for them. Wealth conferred privileges unavailable to people of lesser means. Large companies used their financial power and political muscle to stifle competition. If you follow the news it appears that not much has changed.
2-½ minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Re’eh – Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Life in the military acclimates a person to oversight. Someone supervises your work. You have standard operating procedures to take you step-by-step through processes. You have to pass a periodic physical fitness test. The military uses surprise urinalyses to prevent drug use. Training in sexual harassment and assault emphasize how such behavior impairs mission readiness and hurts your comrades. Notice anything missing?
2-½ minutes to readThe military holds the promise of an exciting life. If you haven’t seen the latest recruiting commercials take a look. Think of the adrenaline rush from jumping off that airplane . Is there any chance you’ll find being a Marine boring ? Both of these pale in comparison to Special Forces . There’s never a dull moment in the military. Yeah, right. If General Military Training doesn’t put you to sleep paperwork will. But hey, it’s the government. You have to expect tedium. The private sector is different.
2 minutes to readParsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Eikev – Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 Have you had this experience? The other day I infuriated my wife. Then before I could apologize she did something amazingly big-hearted. I stood in awe of her. She was still mad at me. But despite her anger, she wanted to make my life easier. It just didn't make sense to me. When I’m angry with her we have to talk the matter out to clear the air. Sometimes it doesn't take very long. But once in a while, the discussion will go on for hours. Everything you read about good relationships says to work conflict through. That way you can reconnect with your spouse. How can Melanie, even temporarily, skip that step? And even though she does, wouldn't it… Read More
1-½ minutes to readThink about the last time you bought an expensive item. Was it a television or a car? Did a salesman help you decide which one to buy? If he knew what he was doing, he had you describe what you wanted. Then he asked questions and listened while you answered. When he showed you options, he talked about how the features would benefit you. Throughout the sale, he never mentioned what he wanted from the transaction. If he knew his business you left overjoyed with your purchase.