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Today, as I was cleaning house, I ran across a paper from a study I did on the Book of James. I don’t know who the author is, but I am guessing it might be Beth Moore since it was a Beth Moore Bible study.
Any time you are tempted by immoral, unhealthy, unwise behavior, you have a strengthening choice or a weakening choice.
It’s about choosing the hard right over the easy wrong.
The beauthy of it is that exactly when choosing the hard right is toughest, that is exactly when your power grows.
Instead of looking at such options as a temptation to overcome, I want you to RIGHT NOW begin looking at those moments as blessed opportunities.
Think–if you make that strengthening decision just once, the pain of it will be only very brief, but the resulting strengthening will last you for years!
Say to yourself, !As I choose the strengthening behavior now, I am making myself more powerful, and my life easier, from this moment forward.”
Here’s how James said the same thing:
Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1: 2-7
I read an excellent blog today on Stately McDaniel Manor http://statelymcdanielmanor.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/the-trayvon-martin-case-update-41-paintings-and-plaudits/ Mike McDaniel said something that I’ve thought all along, that George was made the sacrificial lamb for all the racial sins in the history of our country. That has bothered me. One who probably had no racial sin was being sacrificed for what others had done. That bothered me a lot and I didn’t want to see it happen. I’m not so sure it didn’t happen.
Shellie said more than once in interviews that George was a changed man. His father pointed out that before that night in February 2012, George had a career, a marriage, a community, and a home. After the trial, which shouldn’t have happened, it was all gone….so was his mental health.
The public never knew him before he was thrust into the spotlight. For most people, there’s nothing to compare his current behavior to. People are not often understanding of those with post traumatic stress disorder even when they knew the person before. We’re much less understanding with people we meet after the damage. On top of that, PTSD is causing George to be seen very much in the same light that the media and the prosecution tried to paint him in. It’s not surprising that many who never knew him would think he was the same before February 2012.
George was not only made the sacrificial lamb for racial wrongs, but also for Benghazi, fast and furious, and the health care disaster. Our president and our attorney general played a part in the sacrifice because it took the attention off them. The media helped him.
Unless something changes drastically, this wasn’t an attempted sacrifice. The man has already been sacrificed and we’re just watching his complete destruction in slow motion.
There’s 2 problems with carrying out long debates on Twitter. The first is that we’re limited to just few words. The other problem is that we inadvertently spam all our followers. If you want to continue this discussion, we can do it here.
What part did GZ play? He saw TM loitering around a house. He was not walking down the sidewalk but up in the lawn on the grass and was just looking around and it was raining. He drove past and pulled into a parking space by the club house so he could call the police. He may have gotten TM’s attention by slowing down and observing him. TM walked over to his truck and circled and looked at him. Then he took off running. When he started running, GZ jumped out of the car and followed him to where he turned and ran toward the townhouse his father was staying in. GZ saw the direction he ran in, but lost sight of him.
The dispatcher had been asking GZ questions about where he was but he couldn’t answer because he didn’t know the house numbers. His truck was at the back of the houses. He had gone as far as the beginning of the T. TM turned there. GZ had gone as far as the length of a house and yard. He walked the rest of the way to where he could see the numbers on the houses. That would be the short part of the T.
TM confronted him on his way back to his car. He asked him if he had a problem. When GZ said he didn’t have a problem, TM said, “You do now.” and punched him. When George fell to the ground, TM got on top of him and delivered mixed martial arts punches along with bashing his head against the pavement.
GZ squirmed trying to bet off the pavement to stop the head bashing. That caused his gun to be visible. When TM saw it, he said, “You’re going to die tonight, MF.” GZ got the gun first and fired.
Had GZ not gotten out of the car to see which way TM went, TM would be alive and George would not have his interrupted. Had George not had a gun on his body, TM would have been arrested for assault and GZ would not have had his life interrupted. He’d already called the police and knew they would be there soon. Unfortunately, when TM saw the gun, there wasn’t time to wait for the police to get there.
You said something about teens taking off jackets and cell phones before fighting. They only do that when there’s a mutually agreed on fight. I have never been to one of those. Oddly, they seldom invite adults to those planned fights. We have a tendency to stop the fights when we know about them. I have seen teens fight many times. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them take off jackets. They put whatever is in their hands in their pockets and they punch the guy they’re mad at. If they have books in their hands, they drop the books. That’s about it.
Most “fights” in high schools are really assaults and self defense. Schools don’t want to have to deal with trying to determine who committed the assault and who was defending himself after being assaulted, so they issue a zero tolerance rule about fighting and just punish both parties. Kids grow up thinking that if someone pisses them off that they played an equal part in it and should get equal punishment just like in high school.
Trayvon texted a friend that he’d been in trouble for “fighting” a kid who snitched on him. I doubt seriously if that was a “fight.” Trayvon was angry because the kid told the administration things that got him in trouble. Trayvon said that he won two “fights” with that kid. They were really assaults. He added that he didn’t make the kid bleed enough, so he’d have the kid would have to see him again. In other words, he intended to assault the kid at least once more.
So, what part did GZ play? Not too long ago, when a woman got raped, people asked what she was doing there in the first place. That’s pretty much what GZ’s role was in that. TM saw that he’d followed him a short distance. He could have gone home. He could have called for help if he’d been afraid. He could have run away from GZ. Instead, he ended up in a confrontation near GZ’s car and GZ was screaming for help. A neighbor came out but was afraid to help. In short, GZ was like the rape victim when people asked why she was there. If GZ had not gotten out of the car, he wouldn’t have been vulnerable.
My main reason for creating this word press site is for Twitter discussions. It’s frustrating to try to have a discussion with limited words.
Tweet: “Acknowledged. But why did he follow him? Would he do that to white kids out at 7 o’clock?”
Confrontation better? No need to be litigious with words here. TM was seen as threat by GZ.”
Okay, first, I don’t know George. No one can ever say what anyone else would say or do in any situation. It is clear, however, that GZ did not say, “there’s a black kid walking around at night in my neighborhood.” He said that he saw someone up close to a house and he wasn’t really walking as though he was going somewhere, but just looking. In his re-enactment the next day, he showed where TM was standing. He wasn’t on the sidewalk but on the grass in the yard and up close to the house. Most people would be suspicious of that. He also added that he looked like he was on drugs.
Because GZ described TM’s behavior and not his skin color, I would think that if he was a white kid up close to a house and just hanging around the house in the rain that he would call the police. There had been break ins and he asked the police to come out and check out the situation.
I would not really say it was a confrontation. GZ followed a very short distance to see which way TM went. The dispatcher asked which way he was going. Then there was the discussion about where the police officer should meet him. He lost site of TM. Then TM surprised him.