Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fifty-six Years Ago Today

What were you doing 56 years ago today? 

Back then, it was a -19-degree day in January and the day John F. Kennedy was inaugurated President of these United States. He gave a clarion call: 

“Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.” 

Powerful words, and necessary, if we were to move forward as a nation and change the course of history under his leadership.

It was a special day for me because it was the day of my birth. I remember none of the happenings of the day (obviously) but I've always liked that I was born on the day J.F.K. was sworn into office.

As we stand on the threshold of a new day for America, I reiterate the message of Kennedy to you as a firefighter in Corinth and a citizen of the greatest nation on earth: 

“Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.” 

Once you ask the question, whatever answer you get back, will you ask God to help you and then just go and do it? Then we really can "Make American Great Again!".

Carpe Diem!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Catch the Raspings and Parings of Existence

“On the floor of the gold-working room, in the United States Mint at Philadelphia, there is a wooden lattice-work which is taken up when the floor is swept, and the fine particles of gold-dust, thousands of dollars’ yearly, are thus saved. So every successful man has a kind of network to catch the raspings and parings of existence, those leavings of days and wee bits of hours’ which most people sweep into the waste of life. He who hoards and turns to account all odd minutes, half hours, unexpected holidays, gaps ‘between times,’ and chasms of waiting for unpunctual persons, achieves results which astonish those who have not mastered this most valuable secret.” –Orison Swett Marden, Pushing to the Front, 1894