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November 13, 2017

A Sense of Duty

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman….”

Thomas Paine (December 25, 1776)

Thomas Paine wrote those words after the loss of New York to the British on December 23, 1776. Two days later on Christmas morning his words were read to the troops by order of General George Washington. And through conflicts at Ticonderoga, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, Valley Forge, and many more, our nation ultimately stood victorious at the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, ending our war for independence.

And in that moment begin a chapter in civilization unlike few history will ever record. We need to remember that today as we move forward. And remember that it was all about duty. Our best moments in the nation, from our beginning, through periods correcting wrongs and becoming better, to a return to civility and our roots—was and is all about duty. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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November 6, 2017

Standing for Those Who Stood for Us

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Yet you risked everything here. Why? We look at you and somehow we know the answer.

It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love…

You all knew that some things are worth dying for.”

President Ronald Reagan—June 6, 1984 in Normandy, France

On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of D-Day

The air is quiet this morning, reflected in the softly hanging folds of our American Flag now posted on our home—almost waiting for something special to occur. As a nation, our thanks will be expressed this Saturday, November 11, when we will pause to honor those who have served to defend our country in the Armed Forces of the United States of America—our veterans.

I wonder if our expression of thanks to them should be offered every day.

It wasn’t until a dinner one evening about ten years after my discharge from the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, that I remember hearing the words “thank you.” Instead, up until that moment, those who had served during that time were often made to feel less than appreciated and were often ridiculed for their service.

At the conclusion of his remarks, the speaker that evening—himself a retired and wounded Marine—asked all the veterans to stand and be recognized. He began first with WW I, then WW II, then the Korean War, and, finally with the last war at that time, the Vietnam War. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 30, 2017

Eternal Traditions

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12: 1-2 (NIV)

Fall has now officially arrived. You can feel it in the air.

We began to notice a drop in temperatures around the nation while the hours of daylight in each day started to decline. The signs of fall were noticeably all around us. Leaves began to change from green to glorious breath-taking unimaginable colors in various places around the country.

The hopes of college football seasons began to heat up, and cool down, in stadiums everywhere. Animals of all shapes and sizes began to scurry around preparing and stocking up for the colder temperatures just around the next turn of the calendar, when food sources will be harder to come by.

And major league baseball ended the regular season, ran through the playoffs headed to the best tradition of all marking that fall has arrived—the World Series. And every year we know that fall is here—with the advent of the World Series of Major League Baseball which began last Tuesday, with the Houston Astros of the American League, facing the Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League.

Fall is here. A tradition continues. But in our home fall is marked by a wonderful event which arose out of a less-than-noble moment which only God could have purposed and put together. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 23, 2017

Leave it to Me

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Come, follow Me…” Matthew 4:19a

“…follow Me.” John 21:22a

It was one of those moments when there was no light penetrating the darkness of doubt, second thoughts and an internal struggle wondering if the path was really as clear as I thought it to be.

Was it my idea, or was it God’s idea to do this as next steps of my life’s journey?

Driving to meet some friend a number of years ago to discuss what I believed God had called me to, I realized on the way that I may be the only one who believed in what I felt God had called me to. It was the first thing and last thing Christ said to Peter—“Follow Me,” and I was simply trying to do the same.

And then God reached down through my doubt with a song on the car CD player by Michael W. Smith. Michael shared that the song was a “…very serious heart-cry out to God written from being in the valley longer than imagined.” And what Michael W. Smith didn’t realize at the time, is that he had also written it for me. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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October 16, 2017

Impact & Significance or Success

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (NLT)

Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work.

But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind.

There was nothing to any of it. Nothing.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (The Message)

There he is, Solomon—supposedly the richest, wisest, smartest, most influential man in all the world at that time and he probably would be by today standards—and yet he gets to the end of his life and says—

Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work.

But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind.

There was nothing to any of it. Nothing.”

Ecclesiastes 2: 11 (The Message)

Here’s what he seems to be saying—the “success” that society talks about always lies in the things of the world, in the things we do and achieve, the stuff we acquire. And by itself it’s nothing. Smoke and mirrors and spitting into the wind.

But “significance, the “real meaning” in life, lies in the things of God, in who He created us to be. In who we are inside. In who God calls us to be.

And that critical difference between the two—which Solomon finally realized at the end of his life—creates a tension and conflict in us between whether we follow the ways of the world, or the ways of God. And when the ways of the world seem to be going well, we seem to be fine. We may not even notice if we are following and doing what God would want us to be doing, or not. Things are going along well, we’re winning, and there are no apparent problems in our family or in careers. Until we look closer. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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