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Stephen A. Peterson
During the 2004-2005 University of Oklahoma Sooner football season, the team was ranked number one in the preseason polls and throughout the season, had the Heisman Trophy winner at the quarterback position and a tough defense. In the State of Oklahoma among the Sooner faithful, a Sooner football ticket was a hot item. When the Sooners played the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, they (the Sooners) came to that game undefeated. This made the game between the teams an important game because both teams had winning records as well as an important point in the post season recruiting for the best players in the region.
“Hey, I can get us tickets!” Damon said with confidence.
“Whoa! Okay! Alright!” responded Ken, a diehard Sooner fan.
That was in late September. To Ken, Damon seemed to delay obtaining the tickets. Now it was November a week before the big game. Damon called Ken: “There aren’t any tickets left for the game, but…”
Ken cut Damon off in mid-sentence—“But, nothing!!!” Ken sputtered. Damon, in Ken’s view, had gotten his hopes up, but let him down. Ken was very angry believing Damon had intentionally misled him into thinking he could obtain the tickets. He let Damon have a piece of his mind and then some.
“Ken! Ken!” Damon replied calmly. “If you would calm down and let me finish. I want to tell you that I didn’t get us tickets because I was able to get us a gig working in the broadcast booth with ESPN—The All Sport Network. We’ll get to see the game plus we’ll get paid $600 a piece for our time. What do ya say? Wanna do it? C’mon!”
Ken was left speechless and embarrassed. He began to apologize to Damon such that he did not respond to his question for nearly a full minute.
Reflecting upon how Ken responded to Damon that day, Ken found he often put himself in similar situations with God as well. Frustrated that a prayer has seemingly gone unanswered, Ken worried, fussed and, even worse, accused God of not caring about him and his well-being. When Ken thought about it, he came to the conclusion that God actually answered his prayers more often than He did not. As a result of his angry outburst with Damon, Ken learned to control his impatience with God as well. He further learned he had been more richly blessed by God than he actually deserved.
What about you? Do you accuse God of not being just, fair or caring about you and your well-being? How often have you cussed, cursed and swore using God’s name in vain because you didn’t get what you want at the time you wanted it? Now think of your ability to think, breathe, walk, talk, eat, sleep and forth. God is so conscientious of you that He knows exactly how many hairs are on your head, the exact number of cell in every square inch of your body, the number of breathes you took the last minute and throughout your existence. He could stop any and every about your in a milli-second. Rather than cuss, curse or swear, it is fitting that you thank God for even your suffering. For if God was truly fair, you should immediately go to hell. That, in all fairness, would be more than you deserve! Therefore, we should be thankful for all things that come our way and bless the name of God for loving us unconditionally as well as giving us the opportunity for a chance at eternal life.
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Good story, great lesson. I liked the connection. Writer to writer though, there are several sentences that use too many words when paring some would say the same thing, i.e. "you should immediately go to hell at this very moment." (quote/end quote)either "immediately" or "at this very moment" should be cut; they both mean essentially the same thing. Maybe look it over again and keep an eye out for those sentences. (I have to do it all the time) This article has the tempo of a top-fuel dragster; the more weight (excess words)you 'take off' the quicker it will get there.