BWFLI team stretching and blessing the next generation of leaders at East Texas Baptist University
Cliff Shiepe, best-selling author, inspires students
ETBU students gathered at midnight to discuss “What’s Next” and job market tips
Former All-American, All-Pro Bill Glass stirring the athletes
ETBU Steering Committee Chair Emily Prevost and BWFLI President Brenda A. Smith sharing a celebratory moment
“What could go wrong?”
Counting Cars features Count’s Kustom hot rods and choppers. It is one of my favorite History Channel shows. On one episode several of the employees worked to sell Danny, the owner, on the purchase of new equipment. They sold hard, giving enthusiastic reasons why this made total sense. They went on and on while Danny listened. Finally, they stopped and he said, “What could go wrong?”
The conversation stopped and they started thinking about the question. The quality of the question intrigued me.
My son, Jeff Horch, told me one time, “Mom, you love ideas. When you are with people who are enthusiastically throwing ideas around, you get all caught up. Why don’t you ask, ‘Who is going to champion this idea and manage it?’ If they don’t take it on, leaving it to you, then thank them and move on.” Jeff knew when I took on too much, things can go terribly wrong.
Many times it is easy to get captured by the sparkling benefits of something new. It grabs our attention, starts our mind racing, and engages our emotions. Before we make bad decisions, wouldn’t it be good to stop and assess, “What could go wrong?” When we fall in love with a new outfit, car, or even a house, creating a neutral space for our thinking is critical.
Frequently businessmen came to visit Dad, asking his counsel about taking a second generation into the company. After Dad listened to all the positives about carrying on the family tradition, Dad would ask one question: “How are you going to tell your wife you are firing her beloved son?” What he was saying: “If things don’t go well and you have to separate the son from the business you aren’t removing an employee, you are firing your wife’s son.” Suddenly, the emphasis is more on family than on business. Dad’s bottom line was always, “Never hire a relative until you have figured out how you are going to fire them.” Not that the owner would have to, but he has to understand and prepare beforehand for the “what could go wrong.”
Successful decision making considers all elements of the outcomes.
by Brenda A. Smith, BWFLI.com, BreakfastWithFred.com
“The difference in Christian higher education becomes more apparent year by year.”
This comment caught my attention as I listened to the conversation. The distinctions, indeed, are stronger. The push back is also weightier. To stand against the social mores, to shine with a light unlike the world’s, and to speak the name of Jesus – all these take courage.
This month another academic year begins and our schools are welcoming students, old and new. Their summer experiences will now weave into a new semester. Please pray for all to adjust to new schedules, new people, and new challenges. Ask the Lord to protect faculty and administrators as they lead young minds and hearts. Let’s support them in their vision to build men and women who will go into all the world lifting up the name of Jesus Christ.
Choosing Godly Friends For A Lifetime
by Bob Deffinbaugh, Bible.org, BWFLI.com
10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those who go down to the pit; 13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth, We will fill our houses with spoil; 14 Throw in your lot with us, We shall all have one purse,” 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path, 16 For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood. (Prov. 1:10-16 NAU)
19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip (Proverbs 20:19, NAU).
24 Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, 25 Or you will learn his ways
And find a snare for yourself (Proverbs 22:24-25, NAU).
Few things are more influential in one’s spiritual development than one’s choice of friends and associates. This month new students will arrive on campus, eager to make new friends. Pray that God would providentially provide godly roommates and friends, and that these healthy relationships would not only sustain the students in their college years, but also last for a lifetime. Pray also for students as they select their classes and majors, that these would pave the way for a lifetime of service and witness.
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Weekly Thought – August 28, 2018
Fred highly regarded discipline. He often used the phrase “paying the price” to indicate self-discipline. He believed in preparation. What people saw as spontaneity and “off the cuff” wisdom or even humor was the result of study, deep thought, and life experience.
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The Importance of Discipline
For years I have observed the importance of discipline in a person’s area of expertise. Many, particularly in performance, live undisciplined lives but are very rigorous about their art.
In a documentary about Pavarotti it is interesting to see how much of a perfectionist he is in his music and yet totally unregulated in his eating. A film on Elvis Presley pointed out the discrepancy between his discipline in his personal life and his creative life. An associate told how he would sit at the piano working for hours on his phrasing going over and over until it was exactly right. He was totally disciplined about his singing. Even some geniuses such as Ernest Hemingway who lived a dissolute and destructive life said, “Every morning at 8 I bite the nail.” His professionalism was bounded by strict rules, but his personal habits showed a total lack of disciplined activity —- unless one sees his carousing as a highly developed skill.
Bishop Fulton Sheen when speaking at a retreat for priests said, “People listen when I talk. It is because everyday since I have been a priest I have spent one hour with my Lord. Even when I only had two hours of sleep I walked the floor and prayed for that hour.” His disciplined spiritual life gave him peace and a sense of reality. He believed this time with the Lord as a source of power.
Unfortunately, there are people of superior talent who will not submit to discipline. They are not known or recognized for their abilities. A man asked me to meet with his son to talk about his future opportunities. The young man tried to impress me with all his credentials. He told me of his great giftedness and endless opportunities. He said his biggest problem was dealing with so much potential. He was burdened with his genius. When I asked him about actual accomplishment, he had nothing to report. He clearly lacked personal discipline. He may go through life coasting on potential, but never bringing his talent into tow.
A young man I met was an exceptional runner. His outstanding performance gained the attention of area coaches. He was seen as one with potential for world class speed and Olympian possibilities. He refused discipline, wanting to take the easy way of simply using his natural speed. Eventually he lost his college scholarship. Laziness was his enemy.
Discipline is part of building good habits which result in healthy, effective life reflexes.
This week think about: 1) Where have I paid the price to accomplish a goal? 2) What am I doing to make discipline a key element of my daily life? 3) Who has helped me develop discipline in the important areas of my life?
Words of Wisdom: “Discipline is part of building good habits which result in healthy, effective life reflexes.”
Wisdom from the Word: “Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything.” (1 Corinthians 25:9a NET Bible)