A Graduation Philosophy
Harry Emerson Fosdick said, ''Life is a landscaping job. We are handed a site, ample or small, rugged or flat, picturesque or common place, whose general outlines and contours are largely determined for us. Both limitation and opportunity are involved in every site and the most unforeseeable results ensue from the handling-some grand opportunities are muffed, and some utterly uncompromising situations become notable. The basic elements in any personal site are bound to appear in the end no matter what is done with them, as a landscape still reveals its size and its major shapes and contours, whatever the landscape architect may do. These basic elements however are to be accepted, never as humiliations, commonly as limitations, but most of all opportunities and ever as incentives.''
I am a fan of the leading men who say as few words as possible. I guess that is why I like Clint Eastwood. In one of his movies, he says to a criminal, ''A man has to know his limitations!''
Limitations are something that we do not care to admit. However, we all have them. All of us have strengths and weaknesses. All of us have assets and liabilities.
I enrolled in a professional seminar when I was in the doctoral program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I learned my strengths and weaknesses in that study. I also learned to major on my strengths and seek to get better in the area of weakness.
We can sit around and moan and groan about our weaknesses. We can look at others who are strong where we are weak and think they have more potential than us. If we do those things, we will never reach the potential God has given us. We can major on our strengths and accomplish more than we could ever imagine.
Paul made an amazing statement in some adverse circumstances. He was in prison. He had been abandoned by his friends. He faced certain death. However, I don't detect any self pity. He believes he is in the will ...
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