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Al’s Quotes & Quips for August

  • “There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.” (William Hazlitt)
  • “God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.” (Dr. David Livingstone, quoted in Daily In The Word)
  • “Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” (Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Des Moines Register)
  • “The Promised Land always is on the other side of a wilderness.” (Havelock Ellis, quoted in Passport to the Soul)
  • “Anyone can make a mistake. Only a fool insists on repeating it.” (Robertine Mayard, quoted in Reader’s Digest)
  • “The money spent on government today doesn’t make it one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money we spent twenty years ago.” (Will Rogers)

***Here is the final installment of quotes by Chuck Knox, former coach of the Seattle Seahawks from his book Hard Knox

  • “Winners form the habit of concentrating on what they want to have happen. Losers concentrate on what they don’t want to have happen. In pressure situations, winners call up past wins, losers call up past losses, and both are self-fulfilling.”
  • “Nearly as important as experiencing a big win is understanding how you won, why you won, so you can go on to win again.”
  • “I consider the act of playing harder when you are ahead as important as not giving up when you are behind.”
  • “We don’t have to change what we are doing—We just have to do it better.”
  • “Sometimes a guy will want to know what his title will be. Bad question. I tell him, you want a title, join the service, get a job at the bank. Here, we are only looking for guy called workers.”
  • “I never fire a coach… once they are hired, they are with me as long as they want to be. It is easier to develop continuity and vision that way. It’s harder to hire, because I can’t afford to make a mistake, but once they are here, it’s easier to be their boss. If a coach is not doing his job, the bottom line is, I brought him in, he’s my responsibility, I’ve got to make him better.”
  • “It’s not how far you’ve come, but what kind of trail you left for others to follow.”
  • “The thing I’ve discovered is that life’s results won’t always fit neatly into a line score.  Success and failure cannot always be judged by the game films.  All a man can do is walk straight and upright and believe that if behind him things don’t look so good, around the corner they must be eye-popping wonderful.”

Al’s Quotes & Quips for March

  • “I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.” (Edward Gibbon, quoted in the Associated Press)
  • “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands—and then eat just one of the pieces.” (Judith Viorst, quoted in The Buffalo News)
  • “The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably.” (Julian Barnes, quoted in the New Indian Express)
  • “Character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from. And by those he has walked away from that cause him remorse.” (Arthur Miller, quoted in the Nashville Tennessean)

KNOXISMS: For the next few months I’m going to include some great quotes of Chuck Knox.  Chuck Knox was the head coach of three NFL football teams including the Seattle Seahawks.  As head coach he won six NFL division championships and ten appearances in the play-offs.  He has a career 63% winning record.  I’ve gleaned the following quotes, commonly called “Knoxisms,” from his inspiring book “Hard Knox.”  I love these quotes. I hope you will profit by them.

  • “Play the hand you’re dealt.” [Remember, God’s the “Dealer.” A.H.]
  • “I never look at age in anybody. I look only at productivity. There is age, then there is experience, which has nothing to do with age. Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
  • “Ability is not enough. A player must have the burning desire in his gut to make something out of that ability. This world is full of unrewarded geniuses. That’s what I call people with talent who never achieve anything.”
  • “Give me the guy who’s been on his knees enough that he can tell a shoe by its smell.”
  • “The faint heart never won the fair lady.”
  • “Be careful about the press—Don’t be a quick quote, or they will burn you.”
  • “Anybody can coach the big things, but the winner is the guy who doesn’t miss the little things.”

Guard Your Reputation

Guard your Reputation

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: do doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.” —Ecclesiastes 10:1

    Flies are small but have a great corrupting influence. The “ointment of the apothecary” is a costly, delicate perfume.  Ointment in the Bible is compared to a man’s good name, reputation, or testimony (Eccl. 7:1). The lesson here is how a small act can spoil something that is very valuable.  A single act of foolishness can cause a person’s otherwise good reputation to stink.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman learned this the hard way.  In an outburst of unrestrained emotion, he soiled not only his game-saving play against the Forty-Niners last Sunday, but also tarnished many good things he has done in his life.  His narcissistic rant on national TV only lasted a short 18 seconds, and only time will tell the extent of it’s damage on the career of this gifted young athlete.

Sherman later apologized and confessed, “It was in the moment, and it was just a small part of the person I am.” But, in a moment, a person can undo much good in his life.  It may be “just a small part” of who a person is, but “a little leaven leaventh the whole lump” (Gal. 5:9).

I’m somewhat disappointed in Sherman’s adrenaline fueled trash talk, because I know he is better than that. He is honest, humorous, and personable in press conferences leading up to games and after games, win or lose.

He grew up in Compton and rose above his tough environment to graduate second in his high school class with a 4.2 GPA and win a scholarship to Stanford.

Richard Sherman stops by Children’s Hospital unannounced and makes a sick kid’s day.  As part of his Blanket Coverage Foundation, Sherman gave select students—and there was an auditorium full—backpacks loaded with supplies to be successful in school.  In less than 24 hours after playing in Arizona last October, Sherman was at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA where he gave the entire football team brand new cleats.

One sportswriter commented, “Unfortunately, in this world, between the white lines or beyond them, reputations are hard to repair.”

Each of us need to learn the lesson that in an short unguarded moment, we may say something we will regret long afterwards.  We must beware lest our emotions overtake our good manners when we speak. May we all learn to engage our brain, before we put our tongues in gear!

Remember, when you leave this world, you’ll leave with a cheap suit and a reputation.

Zealously Affected

Zealously Affected

They zealously affect you, but not well… But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing. —Galatians 4:17-18

In our text, Paul is admonishing the Galatians about the effect the legalistic Judaizers were having on them.  It was not good.

There is nothing wrong with being zealous as long as the cause is good. The problem is being zealous about something that really doesn’t matter.  Too many people are zealous over things that amount to nothing.  For example, professional football—Here in Seattle, Seahawks fans paint their faces green and blue, wear green wigs, act crazy, pay hundreds of dollars for a ticket, and scream their lungs out at the game. And what for?  For a team of players who make millions of dollars that are not even from Seattle!  Who cares about who won the Superbowl in 2004?  (If you do know, it just proves you are paying more attention to something that you shouldn’t.)

To be honest, when I see the “devotion” of some football fans, I am convicted that they are more zealous for their team than I am for God’s team—the local church. Shame on me!

“But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing.”  If you’re going to be zealous, be zealous about Jesus Christ!  THAT IS GOOD! It is good when someone gets you stirred up about reading and studying the Bible… prayer… serving Jesus Christ at church… giving to the Lord’s work… going soul winning.  At least these things will have eternal rewards, not some perishable crown (1 Cor. 9:25).

How zealous are you for Jesus?  Does it show?