Joseph Brazil | @blackdog575
Quick, name the president of the United States sixty years ago. Now think back and recall which college basketball team won last year’s NCAA tournament. Unless you were that president or a member of that team who won it all, chances are you had some trouble remembering their name.
(For the record: President Eisenhower and Duke University)
Their legacies were, at the time, well distinguished and carried some importance among their respective professions. But now they’re largely footnotes in history, replaced by more current presidents and the anticipation for who will win this year’s tournament.
(My pick is Virginia.)
Think for a moment what you consider your greatest achievement. What made you decide on this? Clearly, it must mean something special. Perhaps it took years of work or it might have cost you a hefty sum. Yet whatever we perceive as our lasting accomplishment in life, it counts for nothing in the end.
Jeff Weddle | @anti_itcher
It’s been 24 years since I was in high school algebra, and I still haven’t used algebra one time in my life. Not once, which means my low grades don’t mean a thing, right?
Well, not exactly. I am now old enough to have a kid in high school algebra. My daughter is currently struggling her way through algebra too.
As she brings home her failed tests and horrible quiz grades, it would be really nice if I could lecture her. It would be nice to tell her to buckle down and do the homework and get the grade up. But I can’t. Want to know why I can’t?
Ellen Martin | @EllenMartin03
With Christmas coming up, it is popular to many to show acts of kindness towards others, donate to charities, etc. Most people know it is good to help others, but it is also what Jesus commands us to do all year round.
Matthew 25:31-46 depicts the final judgement of the world. To summarize the passage, Jesus separates the “sheep” from the “goats”. Jesus tells the sheep that they have fed, clothed, and welcomed those in need. This group of people asks Jesus when did they do these things, “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:40 ESV)
For the goats, however, Jesus says they did not take care of those in need. This group of people argues with Him (Matthew 25:44-45 ESV): “Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’”
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