by J. Gerald Harris

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The Strongest Virtue (8 of 8)
A Treasury of Virtues
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Matthew 11:28-30

I am not a television addict. In fact, I rarely sit down and watch a television program from start to finish. But Martha Jean and I have one program that we watch as often as possible. The program is - "Walker: Texas Ranger." Actually, last year it was given an award for being the program with the most redeeming social values of any program shown on television.

The star of this program is Chuck Norris. He is an actor (maybe not the greatest actor in the world) and a martial arts expert. On the program he actually kicks people in the face for the betterment of mankind. But, actually, he knows that might doesn't always make right.

And he tells about one time when he was filming his television series in Texas. After work one day he stopped at a restaurant to have something to eat. As he was relaxing in a corner booth, a big man walked up and said in an irritating tone that Norris was sitting in HIS booth.

Norris says, "I didn't like his tone or his implicit threat, but I said nothing and moved to another booth. A few minutes later though, the big fellow headed back in my direction. I thought, here it comes. A local tough out to make a name for himself by taking on Chuck Norris in a fight.

"When he arrived at my new booth, he looked directly at me and said, 'You're Chuck Norris.'

"I nodded.

"'You could have whipped me easily back there a few moments ago. Why didn't you?'

"What would it have proved?" Chuck Norris asked.

The man thought that over for a few moments and then extended his hand to Chuck Norris and said, "No hard feelings?"

And Chuck Norris said, "No hard feelings." And then referring to that incident he said, "I shook his hand. I had avoided a confrontation and made a friend. I won by losing."

That may be something akin to what Jesus had in mind when He gave the third Beatitude which says: "Blessed are the meek, for t ...

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