We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


One Eye Open, Part 2

As I said before, those who become great do not become great because they were born gifted. Instead, high levels of skill are cultivated through practice, perseverance, competition with peers, and parental influence.

Eyewitness accounts tell us that Ted Williams, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was always seen with a bat in his hands. As a child he heard that movies were bad for your eyes, so he abstained from movies, which was extremely rare in a day when young adults flocked to the theatre. His real greatness came from his relentless practices. Four hours every day he would hit balls and even when he entered the major league he continued to practice into the night after practice was over!

Steve Jobs, the driving force behind one of the most creative and prosperous

companies of all time, Apple Inc., was also not born gifted. Jobs relentlessly pursued technological and aesthetic excellence. His demand for excellence from himself and those who worked for him places him among the Beethovens, Mozarts, Einsteins, and da Vincis of this world. What I find interesting is that many of these achievers were not Christians. Da Vinci, probably the most diversely talented human being ever, was an exceptional engineer, anatomist, conceptualist of the automobile, helicopter, and

machine-gun, and part-time geographer, mathematician, musician, and botanist. How did he achieve this? Like Jobs, Einstein, Edison, Beethoven, and Mozart, he believed the sky was the limit. So why are so few Christians reaching such great heights in innovation, creativity, discovery, and accomplishment today?

Dr. Luke, in chapter 16, gives us the answer when he says, “The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” And this ought not to be! Jesus himself claimed that we as the children of God could do even greater things that he did. But how? Maybe, like Ted Williams, we need to leave the movies behind and start practicing and persevering!

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