Evil with its resulting wrongdoing and abuse of all sorts is so rampant in the world we live in that it’s very easy for us to become discouraged and overly concerned about the state of affairs around us. In fact, we may even be tempted to quit trying to make things better for our fellow citizens. When things seem to be overwhelming, it’s good to recall what outstanding men and women over the years have said and done when things got tough in their time. I find it reassuring to know that others have faced similar trials and tribulations and may even have had the same feelings and doubts that I have had on occasion. One such man had this to say in the 18th Century:
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 – 1797)
Each of us has an obligation to do all within our power and ability to help stamp out the evils that exist today in the United States. The forces of evil will continue to do well and have a vast negative effect on our government and our people unless good folks work hard to slow them down and eventually stop their movements. We can’t afford to sit back and hope others will get the job done. It will take all of us – working together – to put our country back on its proper course and restore it to its former place as a nation. This is an effort that’s far too important for any of us to sit on the sidelines and watch while others are in the arena fighting the good fight.
Recently, Kendall Few, a very good South Carolina lawyer, sent Greg Allen in our firm a rather interesting message. While this was sort of a “tongue in cheek” prayer, it has real meaning if you have kept up with current events of late and it’s certainly worth reading.
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind, Forgive Our Foolish Ways
I’m sure that everyone has heard that “Citi never sleeps!”
But when they lay off thousands, it may give the world the creeps!
Way back when Ronald Reagan said that it would “Trickle Down!”
Even before we got ourselves our present “Circus Clown!”
Before the trillions bail out, back when pennies were in vogue,
And even back before Karl Rove, that supercilious rogue,
Back then when people counted, when our nation was at peace,
When our budget bore a surplus, when Thanksgiving was a feast,
Back when the times were good, my friends, before “Old Joe the Plumber,”
When global warming didn’t come till way late in the summer,
When ”liberal” wasn’t an odious word akin to “leprosy,”
When a man could get a decent job from sea to shining sea!
Oh will it ever come again, oh let us pray some day it will,
When America will truly be “that shining city on a Hill.”
J. Kendall Few 11/19/08
• John Greenlief Whittier (1872)
My friend Sandra Nickel, a Montgomery realtor, says thanks to Shanna Malone, who works very hard in our firm to put out this Report each month, she now has a new mantra: “Trust God like everything depends on Him and work like everything depends on me!” That’s a pretty good combination so long as the trust factor controls the dependency aspect. Fortunately Sandra, who has been highly successful in real estate sales in the Capital City, knows and understands exactly how that has to work.
Len Shannon, who attended Ensley High School in Birmingham a few years ago with my wife, Sara, told me recently about some good advice his mother gave him when he was a child. I decided to pass this advice on to our readers because his mother’s words still ring true in today’s world. The following is the advice Len’s mother gave him:
Always do right and associate with the best and leave the rest to others. You can accomplish more in one hour with God than one lifetime without Him.
What Mrs. Shannon said is so true and it sounds sort of like what my own mother told me when I was about six years old and just starting to school in Clayton. In fact, she always said that a person who lies down with dogs that have fleas will always get up scratching. Len also took the time to send in his favorite Bible verse, which tells us the source of all good things:
With God all things are possible.
One of our readers, who remains anonymous, send in this verse.
Now may the God of peace’ who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood’may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21 (New Living Translation)
THE HOLY BIBLE IS A GUIDE FOR US
Many Americans spend lots of time and money buying all sorts of guides and self-help books in their efforts to get ahead in their attempts to avoid pitfalls in life. When you get down to it, however, I can think of no better guide for life than the Bible. The divinely-inspired principles in the Bible are better than any self-help course or motivation talks that are available today. In fact, you don’t have to look any further than the Bible when trying to figure out what works and what won’t in dealing with life’s ups and downs. Let’s see what Daniel Webster had to say on the subject:
If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering. But if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
It would be good if we would make Bible-reading a part of our daily schedule of events. I must confess I need to do a better job in that area and not just go to the Bible for guidance and help when “my tail gets in a crack!”
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