I live with a woman who practices relentless kindness.

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“Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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“There is no ongoing spiritual life without this process of letting go. At the precise point where we refuse, growth stops. If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of the soul.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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“If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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With Donald Trump now inaugurated, all Americans should wish their new president well, whatever their misgivings about his character and fitness for office.

Yesterday I saw him soberly lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Perhaps the gravity of the awesome job before him will help Trump to grow in the faith and virtue he will need to carry it out. As Lincoln said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go.”

If Trump succeeds in revitalizing America, we all win, whatever our politics. If he fails, we all lose. I believe that, politically speaking, Trump and the Republicans are walking on the edge of a knife. If they fall off, America will quickly and perhaps irretrievably fall back into the iron grip of the progressive, secular Left.

Friends, let us pray.

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Today’s Scripture

Once, when signing something for me, international evangelist Luis Palau graciously included these verses. I have never forgotten it.

“May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!”
— Psalm 20:4-5

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“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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On the Radio: Dreams and Divine Interruptions

Moody Radio Florida’s John Blok interviewed me about my BreakPoint column, “Dreams and Divine Interruptions.” At the end, he asked a clarifying question about knowing how to sense God’s messages to us. Here’s my response.

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Well, the new inductees to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame were announced yesterday. As usual, more discussion was generated concerning those who didn’t get in than those who did–in particular, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. There seems to be growing momentum for allowing in these two megastars, even though they were users of PEDs. The argument seems to be that while, yes, they cheated, they were were shoo-in hall of famers before they started taking the stuff.

Let me see if I have this straight. By this “logic,” Richard Nixon was a pretty good president before Watergate and so shouldn’t have been forced from office; a husband who has been faithful to his wife for 20 years should suffer no consequences if he decides later to cheat on her; and a successful Wall Street executive who chooses at the end of his career to bilk his clients out of their life savings should not go to jail.

This kind of “reasoning” makes no sense in any realm of human existence, so why should it hold sway when considering which baseball players deserve to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? One of the criteria for induction is that the player be of good character, after all. Cheating says exactly the opposite. Yes, it is a tragedy when those who are otherwise great throw their advantages away in a moment of weakness, but life is full of tragedy. Why should baseball be exempt?

Those who cheated with PEDs were able to prolong their careers, pad their stats, win championships crookedly, make astronomical salaries under false pretenses (not a dime of which has been repaid), keep honest players off rosters, rip off the fans who paid for fair competition, and destroy the integrity of the game, which depends in no small measure on the sport’s statistics … which are now hopelessly skewed.

And if we allow these cheaters into the Hall, what are we saying to young people who see them as role models? That it is okay–and even preferable–to cheat, even if you get caught? When did we completely dispense with the character-building aspect of sport? And when did we decide that pro baseball is indistinguishable from pro wrestling?

Keep them out.

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“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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