The Word For Today, “Hero”

One of the greatest hitters in the game, Babe Ruth hit 714 homeruns in his career. But in one of his last major league games, the aging star performed badly. In a single inning, his errors were responsible for five Cincinnati runs.

As the Babe walked off the field, boos and catcalls cascaded from the stands. Just then, a young boy jumped over the railing and ran onto the playing field. With tears streaming down his cheeks, he threw his arms around the legs of his hero. Ruth didn’t hesitate. He picked up the boy, hugged him, and set him down on his feet with a playful pat on the head.

Suddenly the booing stopped. A hush fell over the entire park.  For a brief moment, the crowd saw a different kind of hero: a man who in spite of a dismal day on the field could still care about a little boy.  He was no longer being judged by his accomplishments, but by a completely different standard.  It was a relationship that mattered.

Living in a performance oriented world, it is easy to ignore, even justify the disregard of relationships. Four qualities that mark such disregard are: Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, and Stonewalling.

The away game is almost over. It is time to go back to the home field advantage. Be careful that none of these qualities go with you. You will hit a lot more homeruns at home. And there is no better place to be a Hero.

The Word For Today, “Family.”

“If you can tell me who your heroes are, I can tell you how you’re going to turn out in life.”

~ Warren Buffet

“He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.”                                                                                                                                                                    ~ Proverbs 11:29

The Word for Today is… Honor

At the Verizon Heritage PGA Tournament in April of  2010, Jim Furyk
and English golfer Brian Davis were tied after the final round. This led to a
sudden-death playoff hole, which Furyk won. Davis lost not because his short
game failed, not because he sent the tee shot sailing way right; but rather
because he called a penalty on himself. While attempting to chip the ball onto
the green, he saw out of the corner of his eye that he had moved a loose reed
in the middle of his backstroke. He immediately called the judges over. After a
brief review, two strokes were added to his card.

Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s tournament director who administrated the penalty, said
Davis’ actions were classy and appropriate for a sport based on honor. White
said Furyk came to Davis after and asked he was sure it was a penalty. “I
know I did it,” White recalled Davis’ response, “and I couldn’t live
with myself if I didn’t.”

It is one thing to play a sport with honor, it is another thing to serve in a
profession of honor, but the greatest thing is to live a life of honor.

The word for the day, “HONOR.” Sir – This concludes my brief.

Slide Content:

“Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong”

President Thomas Jefferson

“Those who honor me I will honor…,”

1 Samuel 2:30

The Word for Today is… Pressure

In the northeastern United States codfish are a big commercial business. They ship them all over the world. Keeping them fresh until arrival is a problem for shippers. At first they froze the cod, but the flavor disappeared. Next they shipped them alive, but the meat became soft and mushy.

Finally, the codfish were placed in a tank of water along with their natural enemy–the catfish. From the time the cod left the East Coast until it arrived at its farthest destination, the catfish chased the cod all over the tank. But when they arrived at the market, they were as fresh as when they were first caught.

Each one of us is in a tank of particular and inescapable circumstances, where God-appointed “catfish” are bringing pressure on our lives. The purpose is to keep us alive, alert, fresh, growing, and close to God. It’s all part of the Master Shipper’s plan to shape us to be like Him.

The word for the day is “pressure”.  Sir – This concludes my brief.

Slide Content:

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.”
Former Sec. of State, Henry Kissinger,

“It was good for me to be (pressured) afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”
Psalm 119:71

The Word for Today is “Temper”.

There once was a little boy with a bad temper. To remedy the character flaw, his father gave him a bag of nails and told him, “Every time you lose your temper, go hammer a nail in the back fence.”

Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. His dad then instructed him to pull out one nail for each day he was able to hold his temper. The days passed, until finally, all the nails were gone.

Again, the father took his son to the fence. “Son, I want to show you something. Look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, it leaves a scar just like this one, and this one, and this one. No matter how many times you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad a physical one.”

The Scriptures never forbid anger; it is a normal human emotion. But it states very clearly, “Anger needs management.” It is a powerful emotion. Unchecked it will hurt you and others around you.

The word for today is,”TEMPER.” Sir – This concludes my brief.

 Slide Content:

“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.”
Thomas Paine
Author and Founding Father of the USA

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
Proverbs 29:11

The Word for Today is. . . Bounce

Gracie Rosenberger fell asleep at the wheel and wrapped her Honda around a concrete barrier. After 73 medical operations and the loss of both legs she is running today with a message of hope and courage.

As a part of her own healing, Gracie started a non-profit work called, Standing With Hope. It is an effort to provide fabricated limbs to 3rd world disability organizations.

She says that the hardest part of her work is not raising money or organizing teams to travel to faraway places; rather it is answering the question of suffering: “Why did this happen to me?”

In speaking to Wounded Warriors and at the 2010 Community Thanksgiving Service at Ft Gordon, Gracie talked about her decision to trust God with her heartache and loss.  She said, “Now someone else is literally standing because of I found a way to slip my hand into His.  When you do that you can become a powerful opportunity to lift another up!”

The word for today is “BOUNCE”, Sir – This concludes my brief.

Slide Content:

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.”

General George S. Patton

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and near to those crushed in spirit.”

Psalms 34:18

Originally presented at UR CH Office, 29 DEC 2010

 

The Word for Today is . . . Catapult

Ret. Rear Admiral, Ed Allen was an F-14 pilot and led six operational commands in his Naval career, culminating in a Carrier Battle Group Cmd.

In talking about the Power of Encouragement, Admiral Allen explains it this way, “A fully armed F-14 is 60,000 pounds of dead weight. To launch from a carrier, it must achieve airspeed in excess of 150 knots, within the approximate 200 feet of flight deck.  It takes around 2.3 seconds. Simply, the catapult is the force, absolutely required to get the aircraft airborne and out on its mission!

Encouragement works in the same way. It releases positive energy, lifts spirits, and makes the challenging and “the impossible” seem possible. When you encourage people, you are the catapult.”

St Paul writes in the New Testament, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up….” Encouraging words make a difference. They launch people into the possibilities of their lives. Perhaps Admiral Allen said it best in his closing comments, “The key to naval aviation is the catapult.”

Subject to your questions, this concludes my brief.

Slide Content:

“The key to naval aviation is the catapult.”

Ed Allen, Rear Admiral Ret.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up….”

1Thessalonians 5:11

The Word for Today is. . . “Tattoo”

Soccer star David Beckham is known as much for his tattoos as he is for is abilities on the pitch. In January of 2010, he took off his shirt after a soccer match and revealed his 9th tattoo. It was a picture of “Jesus on the way to the cross. Some of Beck’s other tattoos include his sons’ names, a winged cross on the back of his neck, and a guardian angel between his shoulder blades. His left arm has a lot of designs that focus on his wife, Victoria, the former Spice Girl.

How do people choose their tattoos? The answers are probably as many and varied as there are people? But it reminds me of the guy in Hong Kong browsing through the tattoo books looking for his next ink mark, when he saw the phrase, “Born to Lose”.

He asked the shop owner, “Does anyone really have that terrible phrase, ‘Born to Lose’ tattooed on their body?”
The Chinese tattoo artist replied, “Yes, sometimes.”

“But I can’t believe that anyone in their right mind would do that.”

In broken English, the artist replied, “Before tattoo on body, tattoo on mind.”

In April of 1939, in his address to the Pan American Union, President Roosevelt said, “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds”

The Scriptures simply say, “As a man thinks, so he is.” What we focus on in our private thoughts, we often become – sometimes we even tattoo it on our bodies.

Sir, the word for the day, “Tattoo”, Subject to your questions, this concludes my brief.

Slide Content:

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

Pan American Union Address, April 14, 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt

“As a man thinks, so he is.”

Proverbs 23:7

 

Originally presented at UR CH Office, 23 SEP 2010

Introducing “Get the Point”

Get The Point” is a collaborative bulletin board posting illustrations and stories in a short 60 second format. It is the place to come if you are looking for a good word for God to share at a Command and Staff meeting, or perhaps needing a sermon illustration with a powerful spiritual message.
If it can be said in 200 words or less, if it tells a story and delivers the point, we would like to hear from you. Browse through the ones Chaplain Meador has posted, contribute your own, or use one that is right for your next Command and Staff or sermon illustration. The point is to never be without a good word for God at your next ministry opportunity.

 

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