August 16, 2009 · 19:58
I just finished watching James Brown interview (like a principal with a 17 year old boy) Michael Vick. My initial thought is that we needed to see more of this interview. Soon (I guess after 60 minutes airs on the USA west coast), I hope 60 minutes is going to link the whole interview on the website. I hope they will put more of the interview on line.
I spent 16 years in high school work. I have seen the attitudes of young impressionable athletes. I hope EVERY coach will show this to and discuss this with his/her athletes, high school and college.
This interview shows a bit of insight into Vick’s upbringing and how that fed into his decision making. There should be NO sympathy for Vick for what he has done. But I think I saw on my TV screen tonight a man contrite (or perhaps he is simply well coached and CBS is just the first platform).
Sincere or not, let all young men and women see this and be reminded that what we DO does matter. People are watching and being impacted by what we do, and don’t do… like the two cops who Vick saw as a kid… these two came upon a dog fight, saw what was happening and walked away… a HUGE message for a kid. What we let go MATTERS! Let that be heard in hallways, practice fields and principal’s offices. Learn from this! Please, before more student’s lives are ruined through an unwillingness to take action. Hold kids accountable for their actions now so they learn. Don’t enable out of control behavior by inaction.
August 16, 2009 · 09:47
I’ve been under the weather the last few days and have done only that which must be done. So, no blogging or twittering. This morning I feel on the mend and sit outside for the first time in a few days. I notice how dry thngs have become.
This has been a pretty wet and even sorta cool summer and the grass and flowers and trees grew like crazy. But as I look around the yard this morning, I notice that things are much dryer and not quite as green as they have been. Sweet Anna commented about a week ago that the grass is usually yellow by this time, but it was still green. But now, I see the yellow coming in parts of the lawn.
I’m not one to water a lawn because I have convictions about water usage. So if the yard dries up, the yard dries up. There is, after all a limit to the amount of fresh water on the planet.
In the yard there are these two planters of flowers that we do water. It is interesting to see the perk up when watered. For this purpose we have a watering can.
Followers of Jesus sometimes wilt. We sometimes dry up. When we dry up, we forget some basic things about our life of following Him. Sometimes drought (sp.) overcomes us. We make mistakes.
Because we do not use the watering can.
Let us bathe in the water of God’s word, enjoying a fresh understanding of His forgiveness, grace, and the resulting peace. God is not in the business of judging our faithlessness; He is in the business of loving and forgiving us. All we have to do is fill up the watering can and pour… fresh green leaves will be the result.