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On the Road to ForeverSeptember 11, 2013 | 1,613 views | Post a comment
In light of the world’s differences and difficulties, all I can say is pray for the leaders of the world, all of them. It seems there was a time when one crazed leader would terrorize the world with thoughts of grandeur and ownership, but today, between selfish conquest acquisition and forced ideologies being thrown about by every kind of leadership on the globe, it’s getting to the point where a person is afraid to stand up in opposition to anything. A lot of prayer is in order for those with a finger poised over a button of destruction just because their feelings have been stepped on and their solution of feeling better is that someone needs to be punished, by them, in their way. (Just me)
Wow! What do you think about the 11-year-old boy enrolled at Texas Christian University? Carson Huey-You is taking a full load of college courses this semester and it won’t be just any class load. Carson, the boy who scored a 1770 on his SAT, speaks Mandarin Chinese, and plays the piano, will be studying nothing less than quantum physics. He is the youngest student the university has ever enrolled. His mom, Claretta, said her son had intense focus as an infant. By the age of one, he could read; by five, he was doing pre-algebra. Carson says calculus relaxes him. If he graduates as his parents expect, in four or five years, Carson will receive a college diploma before or about the same time he gets his driver license. I don’t even know what calculus is for.
Leadership and authority is welcomed when recognized and asked for its assistance, as it should be. While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, the officer was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at his uniform, she asked, “Are you a cop?” “Yes,” the officer answered and continued writing the report. “My mother said if I ever need help I should ask the police. Is that right?” asked the little girl. “Yes, that’s right,” replied the officer. “Well then,” she said as she extended her foot toward the police officer, “would you please tie my shoe?”
The world is a challenge of understanding for most young children. It was the end of a long shift and the police officer had just parked the vehicle in front of the station house. While gathering equipment from inside the vehicle, the officer’s K-9 partner, Jake, was barking and a little boy was staring at both of them. “Is that a dog you’ve got back there?” asked the boy. “It sure is,” replied the officer. Puzzled, the boy looked the two of them over again, and then asked the officer, “What did he do?”
[James 3:13 - 4:3] Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school. “Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across. Then, he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.” “Joey, is that really what the teacher taught you?” Mother asked. “Well, no; but if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe me!” We serve an awesome God who watches over us and will help us in ways we cannot dream of or understand. When you pray for the leaders of the world, pray they ask for wisdom from God and that they not rely on their own understanding. Yes, James is speaking to the church as a whole, but just think what kind of world we would be living in if we applied scripture to everyday living. I don’t understand it all, but I know God can fix it.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.