Alright World This Is Not The SuperBowl

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Yesterday Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 – 10 years in prison and has to be listed as a violent sex offender when he gets out. That’s all well and good for those that he raped and sexually assaulted, they got closure on their demon and he is now incarcerated. He will be plastered over the television for the next few weeks taking the last bit of identity that he added to the world until he is remembered as a rapist.

He was totally wrong for the actions that he performed against his victims. In a different breath though he was one of the first people that fought for black images that matched what we look like and got that image on TV. He was for educating blacks and ensuring that they knew where they came from and wanted them to keep an eye on the goals that they set and attian them. His legacy will be forever tarnished but I for one will remember his entire body of work not just the vicious rapist that we have learned him to be. His trial is over and he is locked up, let us all remember that there are many others still out there free to rape and sexually assualt whoever they deem prey for them.

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Who’s up next? Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Kevin Spacey, Steven Segal, Robert Kelly, Junot Diaz. All of these men are on the radar with a host of others. I don’t want everyone to forget all the others out there still free, this is not the SuperBowl, The Championship or any other monicker that can be placed on it. I can tell you what it really is; it is the beginning of a long road that must end in women being valued and respected. It would be great to see equality among the sexes it can’t happen if there are not changes in how we all think. There must be a change in the love we give to one another, the respect, there is no ownership of a woman or her dreams. The whole system has to change in order for our women to be safe from male dominated systems. It could have been one of our wives or daughters that were involved in one of theses situations. Some of you guys probably are going through something similar.

Prayer and faith along with the belief in our maker; let’s start there and then let common sense be the finisher of the dream. We all have talents that can be lent to dream and it won’t get fixed without all of us pulling together to create solutions.

Thanks for reading,
Arthur Poston Jr.

Muhammad Ali – Unseen Photos

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‘The Greatest’ photos you’ve never seen

In this case, the iconic pictures don’t tell the whole story. Get a deeper look at the life of Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali’s death on Friday made the internet flourish with the moments that made him a transcending icon. Everywhere you turned, there were videos of his greatest fights, stories, anecdotes and memories of how he affected individuals and countries alike. And, of course, the photos that you’ve seen thousands of times before. The photos that you visualize whenever someone mentions the name Ali. The knockouts. The poses. The stare-downs. Those photos speak volumes and bring back an emotional connection that remind you of the life of Ali.

But you haven’t seen anything yet. This won’t be just another photo gallery of Ali. These are the moments the world might have missed.

These are “The Greatest” photos you’ve never seen.

Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, represented the United States in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He defeated Soviet boxer Gennady Schatkov as part of his gold-medal performance.

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Ali and daughter Maryum feed his 10-week-old twins, Reeshemah and Jamillah, in their Philadelphia home in 1970.

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Young heavyweight fighter Ali, then Clay, is seen training at City Parks Gym in New York on Feb. 8, 1962.

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Ali, then Clay, drinks at a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1963. James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

Muhammad Ali, exercises on a snow-covered road in Stateline, Nev., Nov. 18, 1972, as he prepares for his bout with light heavyweight champ bob Foster on Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Walter Zeboski)
Running on a snow-covered road in Stateline, Nevada, on Nov. 18, 1972, Ali prepares for his bout with light heavyweight champ Bob Foster. Walter Zeboski/AP Photo

(Original Caption) Boxing's flamboyant Cassius Marcellus Clay, sporting a porter's cap, mugs it up while showing his name on fight card to porter Herbert Sims here March 6th. Clay, a lad with a big punch and mouth to match, vows he will flatten his opponent, Doug Jones, in six rounds when they meet in Madison Square Garden here March 13th.
Ali, then Clay, sporting a porter’s cap, mugs it up while showing his name on fight card to porter Herbert Sims here on March 6, 1963. Ali vowed he would flatten his opponent, Doug Jones, when they met in Madison Square Garden on March 13. Ali won the bout by unanimous decision, and it was named The Ring’s Fight of the Year. Bettmann/Getty Images

Muhammad Ali prepares to throw his punch to heavyweight challenger Floyd Patterson with left to the neck before a knockdown in the sixth round of the single fight at Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 22, 1965. Ali won on a 12th round technical knockout. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali prepares to throw his punch to heavyweight challenger Floyd Patterson with left to the neck before a knockdown in the sixth round of the single fight at Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 22, 1965. Ali won on a 12th round technical knockout. (AP Photo)
American heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali wears a hooded sweatshirt as he trains in the early morning for his title defense rematch against Sonny Liston, Lewiston, Maine, May 1965. Ali won the controversial match with a knockout in the first round. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
American heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali wears a hooded sweatshirt as he trains in the early morning for his title defense rematch against Sonny Liston, Lewiston, Maine, May 1965. Ali won the controversial match with a knockout in the first round. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
Cassius Clay doesn't get much cooperation from a corgi, as the world heavyweight champion points to a ball while relaxing after an early morning run in London, May 13, 1966. Seated with Clay is sparring partner Jimmy Ellis. Clay will defend his title against British Heavyweight champion Henry Cooper on May 21. (AP Photo)
Cassius Clay doesn’t get much cooperation from a corgi, as the world heavyweight champion points to a ball while relaxing after an early morning run in London, May 13, 1966. Seated with Clay is sparring partner Jimmy Ellis. Clay will defend his title against British Heavyweight champion Henry Cooper on May 21. (AP Photo)

American boxer Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) rests during training for the world heavyweight title fight against fellow American Sonny Liston at Miami Beach, Florida. Ali went on to win the match, making him world heavyweight champion for the first time. Original Publication: People Disc - HW0526 (Photo by Harry Benson/Getty Images)
American boxer Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) rests during training for the world heavyweight title fight against fellow American Sonny Liston at Miami Beach, Florida. Ali went on to win the match, making him world heavyweight champion for the first time. Original Publication: People Disc – HW0526 (Photo by Harry Benson/Getty Images)

In this photo taken on October 19, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (C) (born Cassius Clay) is escoted at his training center 11 days before the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the "Rumble in the Jungle", watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on October 19, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (C) (born Cassius Clay) is escoted at his training center 11 days before the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the “Rumble in the Jungle”, watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
5 Jul 1976: Muhammad Ali fends off a kick from wrestler Antonio Inoki during an exhibition fight in Tokyo, Japan. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive
5 Jul 1976: Muhammad Ali fends off a kick from wrestler Antonio Inoki during an exhibition fight in Tokyo, Japan. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali getting a massage at Chris Dundee's 5th street gym while his chief of staff Hassan is sitting nearby during his training for the fight against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali getting a massage at Chris Dundee’s 5th street gym while his chief of staff Hassan is sitting nearby during his training for the fight against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Dual image negative strip shot of boxer Cassius Clay (L) aka Muhammad Ali. (Photo by James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – JANUARY 01: Dual image negative strip shot of boxer Cassius Clay (L) aka Muhammad Ali. (Photo by James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

 

World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, naps on the shoulder of former champion Floyd Patterson during a press conference at which Clay announced that he agreed to defend his title against former champion Patterson.
World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, naps on the shoulder of former champion Floyd Patterson during a press conference at which Clay announced that he agreed to defend his title against former champion Patterson.
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali playing with a group of children near a grocery store in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali playing with a group of children near a grocery store in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali standing at a corner of the boxing ring during a practice match in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali standing at a corner of the boxing ring during a practice match in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
photo prise en 1978 ? Louisville de l'ancien champion du monde de boxe dans la cat?gorie des poids lourds, Mohamed Ali (Cassius Clay), priant ? l'int?rieur de sa mosqu?e priv?e situ?e dans l'enceinte de son terrain d'entra?nement de Deer Lake. picture taken 1978 in Louisville of the former World heawyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali praying at his mosque at Deer Lake camp. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
photo prise en 1978 ? Louisville de l’ancien champion du monde de boxe dans la cat?gorie des poids lourds, Mohamed Ali (Cassius Clay), priant ? l’int?rieur de sa mosqu?e priv?e situ?e dans l’enceinte de son terrain d’entra?nement de Deer Lake.
picture taken 1978 in Louisville of the former World heawyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali praying at his mosque at Deer Lake camp. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Boxer Cassius Clay(Muhammad Ali) paces the ring after the crowd boos his win in a 1963 bout with Doug Jones.
Boxer Cassius Clay(Muhammad Ali) paces the ring after the crowd boos his win in a 1963 bout with Doug Jones.

 

MAY 21, 1966: American boxer and world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali throws a long right to British challenger Henry Cooper's injured left eye in the sixth round of their world heavyweight championship fight at Highbury Stadium, London. Ali retained his title after the referee George Smith stopped the fight shortly after the sixth round began, due to Cooper's eye injury. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
MAY 21, 1966: American boxer and world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali throws a long right to British challenger Henry Cooper’s injured left eye in the sixth round of their world heavyweight championship fight at Highbury Stadium, London. Ali retained his title after the referee George Smith stopped the fight shortly after the sixth round began, due to Cooper’s eye injury. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

American boxer Classius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) (center), dressed in a tuxedo, holds court at a diner with fans, friends, and admirers after his defeat of Sonny Liston, Miami, Florida, March 1, 1964. Photo by Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American boxer Classius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) (center), dressed in a tuxedo, holds court at a diner with fans, friends, and admirers after his defeat of Sonny Liston, Miami, Florida, March 1, 1964. Photo by Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American boxer Muhammad Ali has a shave at his home in Chicago, 1977. Ali was WBA Heavyweight boxing champion at the time. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American boxer Muhammad Ali has a shave at his home in Chicago, 1977. Ali was WBA Heavyweight boxing champion at the time. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Boxer Ken Norton playfully chases World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali in a game of tag across the field at Yankee Stadium. Norton lost the title fight to Ali at the stadium on September 28, 1976.
Boxer Ken Norton playfully chases World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali in a game of tag across the field at Yankee Stadium. Norton lost the title fight to Ali at the stadium on September 28, 1976.
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER, 1962: Cassius Clay, between training sets at the Main Street Gym preparing for his bout against Archie Moore, October, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER, 1962: Cassius Clay, between training sets at the Main Street Gym preparing for his bout against Archie Moore, October, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images)

 

American boxers Muhammad Ali (left) and Leon Spinks at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Midtown Manhattan, New York, December 15, 1977. They were there to promote their January 15 bout which Spinks would win. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
American boxers Muhammad Ali (left) and Leon Spinks at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Midtown Manhattan, New York, December 15, 1977. They were there to promote their January 15 bout which Spinks would win. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Boxer Cassius Clay later known as Muhammad Ali playfully hits The Beatles while at his training camp. From left to right: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.
Boxer Cassius Clay later known as Muhammad Ali playfully hits The Beatles while at his training camp. From left to right: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.
Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay predicts the round his bout with Charley Powell will end, while relaxing in his hotel room in Pittsburgh, Jan. 17, 1963. (AP Photo)
Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay predicts the round his bout with Charley Powell will end, while relaxing in his hotel room in Pittsburgh, Jan. 17, 1963. (AP Photo)
American boxer Muhammad Ali (right) (then known as Cassius Clay) winds up a punch during a bout with Charlie Powell, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 24, 1963. Ali won in three rounds. (Photo by James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American boxer Muhammad Ali (right) (then known as Cassius Clay) winds up a punch during a bout with Charlie Powell, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 24, 1963. Ali won in three rounds. (Photo by James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American boxer and sometime actor Muhammad Ali stands behind a podium in a stage costume surrounded by young people who raise their fists in the air as he performs an excerpt from 'Buck White' a Broadway musical in which he starred on an episode of Ed Sullivan's 'Toast of the Town,' New York, January 18, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
American boxer and sometime actor Muhammad Ali stands behind a podium in a stage costume surrounded by young people who raise their fists in the air as he performs an excerpt from ‘Buck White’ a Broadway musical in which he starred on an episode of Ed Sullivan’s ‘Toast of the Town,’ New York, January 18, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) lifting his mother Odessa Grady Clay, in room at Carlton House Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1963. (Photo by Charles 'Teenie' Harris/Carnegie Museum of Art/Getty Images)
Boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) lifting his mother Odessa Grady Clay, in room at Carlton House Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1963. (Photo by Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris/Carnegie Museum of Art/Getty Images)

 

Ali Big Fight BoxingOn Feb. 25, 1968, Ali addresses a gathering at a black Muslim convention in Chicago. This was a tumultuous time in the country’s history, and Ali spoke for what he believed in.

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Cleveland Williams is sprawled out on the canvas as referee Harry Kessler sends Ali to a neutral corner during their heavyweight bout at the Astrodome in Houston on Nov. 14, 1966. Ali would win by TKO to retain his heavyweight title.(AP Photo)Cleveland Williams is sprawled out on the canvas as referee Harry Kessler sends Ali to a neutral corner during their heavyweight bout at the Astrodome in Houston on Nov. 14, 1966. Ali would win by TKO to retain his heavyweight title.

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A close-up of professional boxer Muhammad Ali sitting in a couch during his campaign for the 'Fight of the Century' against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)A close-up of professional boxer Muhammad Ali sitting in a couch during his campaign for the ‘Fight of the Century’ against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

 

Comedian and singer Sammy Davis, Jr. gets some boxing pointers from Heavyweight Champion Cassias Clay (L) at the Majestic Theatre following Davis's performance in Golden Bay. Earlier, Clay had signed a contract for radio rights for his upcoming fight with Sonny Liston.Comedian and singer Sammy Davis, Jr. gets some boxing pointers from Heavyweight Champion Cassias Clay (L) at the Majestic Theatre following Davis’s performance in Golden Bay. Earlier, Clay had signed a contract for radio rights for his upcoming fight with Sonny Liston.

 

Designer Calvin Klein, model Bianca Jagger and boxer Muhammad Ali attending 'Valentino Fashion Show' on November 20, 1982 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)Designer Calvin Klein, model Bianca Jagger and boxer Muhammad Ali attending ‘Valentino Fashion Show’ on November 20, 1982 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

 

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, right, eights a punch at former heavyweight champ Joe Louis during a break in Ali?s training on Sept. 23, 1976 at Kiamesha Lake, New York. Ali meets Ken Norton in a title fight on September 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, right, fakes a punch at former heavyweight champ Joe Louis during a break in Ali?s training on Sept. 23, 1976 at Kiamesha Lake, New York. Ali meets Ken Norton in a title fight on September 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)

 

MIAMI - MARCH 1980: Muhammad Ali trains for a comeback at 5th St Gym in 1980 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)MIAMI – MARCH 1980: Muhammad Ali trains for a comeback at 5th St Gym in 1980 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES - MAY 1965: Boxer Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, raising fist in triumph after beating Sonny Liston. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – MAY 1965: Boxer Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, raising fist in triumph after beating Sonny Liston. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Muhammad Ali - Beverly Hills, CA 2002Ali poses in 2002 on the roof of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, where he was staying with his family. Using the chair helped steady the hands of Ali, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease for three decades. “His hands were fascinating, punching so many opponents, so many times. The power of his fists, both literally and figuratively have left their mark in history,” said photographer Rick Chapman.

Blessed to Bless

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Blessed to Bless

Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
running over will be put on your lap—Luke 6:38

Have you been blessed? [Pause for a moment to consider.] What’s your reaction to that question? Is it easy to see how and how much you’ve been blessed? Or is it difficult, especially with so many people around who’ve been blessed more? Well, make no mistake; all of us have been blessed (Genesis 1:28). I mean, do you have a job, some money, enough to eat, a safe place to live, family, some friends, a church, or an education? It may be in unique ways and in varying degrees, but we’ve all been blessed . . . abundantly.

So how then should we think about these blessings? I mean, how can we reconcile the fact that we’ve been blessed with so much—so much more than countless men and women alive right now in other parts of this country and around the world?

The only way to think about our blessings, brother, is to view them as means to bless others. And the only way to view ourselves, then, is blessed to bless others. You see, knowing what we do about God and about his intentions for us (Matthew 22:36-39), how could we ever conclude otherwise? How could we ever conclude that we’ve been blessed simply so that we may live in comfort and security and isolation? What kind of story would that be, anyway? No, we must view these blessings as personal invitations into God’s much greater story of blessing other people.

Go Small to Go Big

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Go Small to Go Big

So then, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to everyone—Galatians 6:10

Once we’ve decided to do something, we men often like to “go big.” We think to ourselves: if we’re going to do this thing, let’s really do it. We can bring this kind of thinking, this “go big” mentality, to all kinds of work, even the work God calls us into—that is, the work of loving and serving others. Great things can result, of course. But the mentality can backfire, too—for example, when we set our ambitions too high, get overwhelmed, and can’t follow through. It’s interesting that, knowing us as he does, our King, Jesus Christ, suggests an opposite approach:

“This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice” (Matthew 10:40-42 MSG).

Start small! Why does something rise up in our hearts, against that approach? Well, it’s mostly because by “going big” we hope to grab a little glory for ourselves. We want others to see us and think well of us. And if we don’t “go big,” they might not actually see our accomplishments. But, Jesus reassures us: “You won’t lose out on a thing” (Matthew 10:42 MSG). We must trust his words and trust that God the Holy Spirit can do amazing things within even our smallest, most ordinary acts of love and service. And that’s plenty big for any of us.

No Secrets

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Being a man in this world today the guy code is made up of secrets. When growing up as a little guy and you go somewhere with your dad and he tells you don’t tell mom where we went. It seems like a game or club that you and your father have just created. I am guilty I have done it to my kids too. What happens though when the secret could really hurt your significant other?

I remember a few times when a secret that I kept caused a problem that I wanted to share with my spouse but couldn’t. Well not that I couldn’t but I I was embarrassed and a little ashamed because it was something that if I had shared it with her she could have given some though or insight into why it may not work exactly as “I see it happening”.

Other times secrecy can be very disarming of a relationship. Couples that have been together for years can unravel by a secret that the other just finds out. They are poison and if relationships are built on these they will crumble at some point in time. It may not be today or in the near future but it will happen. Myself as I cleanse my soul and have begun to allow my souse to know everything she probably sometime thinks you have kept that one to yourself. Transparency is what I want that way nothing is ever going to come that she doesn’t know about.

Have secrets with your wife or significant other that could be inside jokes about yourselves. They should not be on the outside but on the inside of your circle at all times. There are things that are not yours to share with your spouse but anything that has their interest tied to it as well should be shared with them period.

People it will be hard but being transparent is a huge stress reliever.

Thanks for reading,

Arthur Poston Jr.

You’re Designed for Extremes

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You’re Designed for Extremes

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.
Would that you were either cold or hot—Revelation 3:15

There are three approaches to life with God: All In; All Out; and, in the middle, between those, a third approach. This third approach is actually a range—it encompasses every approach between the two extremes. Many of us take the third approach. I mean, we do believe life is better with God—but, our belief is more theoretical than not. We get busy with our careers, families, finances, and rarely think about actually applying the life and truth of our King, Jesus Christ, to our own, complicated lives. And so, they become indistinguishable from the lives of men All Out.

Jesus calls takers of the third approach “lukewarm,” and is particularly frustrated by us: “because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16). We third-approachers mistakenly presume we’re doing okay faith-wise—not as well as we could maybe, but okay nonetheless. Therefore, Jesus’ words are startling and challenging—and force us to consider All In.

So, what does All In require? The world tells us, too much. But, that’s wrong. It doesn’t require more than we can give. Brother, we’re designed for All In. Jesus isn’t some out-of-touch “high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15). He understands our lives. He knows what he’s asking. All In doesn’t require we be perfect; we couldn’t. It requires a soft heart―a willingness to try, genuinely, to use Jesus’ life as a pattern for our own.

Man, What’s the Point?

For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked—Psalm 73:3

Do you ever look around, at people who are prosperous and follow God either not much or not at all? Do you ever find yourself envying such people, who embrace the world wholeheartedly and enjoy it’s successes? Do you ever get discouraged? Do you ever wonder, what’s the point? I mean, do you ever just get tired of trying to follow God in the midst of people who aren’t? Are you ever tempted to relent and embrace the world a bit more, too? 

A man named Asaph, psalmist in the time of David and Solomon, was tempted to relent. He was surrounded by faithless men who seemed “always at ease” and to continually “increase in riches” (Psalm 73:12). Asaph envied them and his “heart was embittered” (Psalm 73:21). “All in vain,” he cried, “have I kept my heart clean . . .” (Psalm 73:13). We may not admit it as boldly as Asaph, but many of us harbor similar thoughts.

When we face that choice, though, to embrace God or embrace the world, we must remember—we’re part of something much larger, much more important than houses or vacations or titles. We’ve been invited into an ancient and remarkable battle. For “we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). We’re agents of the resistance, behind enemy lines. We cannot allow ourselves, therefore, to be beguiled by our enemy or the world under his power.

Okay, so what do we do?

Are you ever, like Asaph, nagged by this kind of envy? If so, talk about it. Simply talking about it—with God, a spouse, a friend, with brothers in community—undermines its power. It also allows others to keep you “fueled and aflame” for the battle ahead (Romans 12:11 MSG).

Thanks for reading, these are the words from a devotional that I read throughout the week called the Wire?. I hope they inspire you as they have me.

Arthur Poston Jr.

The Next Chapter

. . . he is a new creation. The old has passed away;
behold, the new has come—2 Corinthians 5:17

We write with God all the time. Working alongside him, we write the stories of our lives. He creates the settings and the characters. He creates the conflicts—the situations requiring choices. And we get to make those choices as the characters in his stories. God may encourage us, invite us, surprise us, persuade us, challenge us, convict us—but we and we alone decide, for ourselves.

As we move along in our stories, as we live them out, we sometimes try to convince ourselves that some decisions aren’t actually written down or that we can selectively somehow strike decisions from our stories, after we’ve made them. Looking forward, we tell ourselves, “no one will know.” Looking back, we think, “no one can ever know.” The truth is, every decision is captured: large, small, good, bad. Every decision is written into our stories, immediately, indelibly.

Thankfully, the plot God intends for us involves making some mistakes, some bad decisions, but learning from them and allowing him to redeem them. He can, you know, redeem even the worst decisions (Romans 8:28). What we must do, going forward, is to keep our stories in mind, when we come upon decision points. What we must do is ask ourselves, at those points, “What decisions do we want to be written, permanently, into our stories?” Asking ourselves that, in those moments, is how we begin to lay aside our old selves and put on our new selves (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Okay, so what do we do?

When you come to a next decision point—today, tomorrow—ask yourself, before you decide, “What do I want to be written into my story?” Ask yourself, “What do I want the next chapter of my story to be about? Trust or mistrust? Selflessness or selfishness? Love or resentment? Maturity or immaturity? Redemption or sin?”

If these words impacted you today, send them on!

These words are from the WiRE’s email publication that I receive twice a week.

Thanks for reading,

Arthur Poston Jr.

Irresponsible Worry

And which of you by being anxious 
can add a single hour to his span of life?—Matthew 6:27

Something’s coming. Doesn’t it always feel like that? Maybe it’s something financial . . . maybe work-related . . . maybe health-related . . . definitely bad. And so, we worry. I mean, it almost feels like that’s just a part of being a man, worrying about what’s coming. We worry about all the bad things that could happen, to us and to our loved ones. We scheme about how to get out in front of all those things. Then we worry some more about whether we’re actually men enough to execute our schemes. All this worrying hangs over our lives. It haunts our thoughts and steals important moments—moments that should be joy-filled.

But, it would be irresponsible not to worry, wouldn’t it? We’ve been trained to worry, all our lives. We’ve been trained that men with responsibilities are supposed to worry. It’s part of manhood.

Or is it? Our King, Jesus Christ, teaches us that it’s actually not. You see, he didn’t come so that we’d live lives haunted by fear. He came and died to set us free from such things (Galatians 5:1). He assures us, our Father God will take care of us, whether we worry or not (Matthew 6:26). We must, therefore, adopt a radical, new mindset: “We don’t know what’s coming . . . but our Father God does. So, we’ll leave it to him.

Okay, so what do we do?

Letting go of worry is tough. You must approach it not only intellectually, but practically too. You cannot simply command yourself, “worry less.” That, by itself, doesn’t work so well. You must get practical by actually talking about worries with a spouse, a friend, with brothers in community. That does work (2 Corinthians 12:9). Getting your worries out into the open is as powerful as it is counter intuitive. So, brother, defy your instincts.

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Who’s In Your Circle

Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts:
Consider your ways—Haggai 1:5

What if the measure of a man’s life, in the end, isn’t how many hours he’d logged in pews on Sundays? What if it isn’t how many times he’d read through the Gospels? What if the measure is, rather, only how he’d treated people around him? What if it’s how well he’d noticed and met the needs of people who came into close proximity? Well, brother, if those aren’t the only things measured, they’ll certainly be among the most consequential.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory . . . he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left” (Matthew 25:31-33).

Our King, Jesus Christ, in his sheep-and-goats discourse, teaches that our lives will indeed be measured—and he tells us how. By doing that, ahead of time, before we’re actually gathered before him, he gives us a decision framework, one we can use during our lifetimes. On that day, he won’t ask for a church attendance record. He will ask how much we’ve used our lives for other people, especially those in need (Matthew 25:34-40).

Okay, so what do we do?

Throughout your day, today, imagine a circle—one with a 2-meter radius, you at the center. Notice who comes into that circle. Log their names. Notice and write down their needs—friendship, mercy, love, tough love, hope—and how you might help meet them.

(There’s nothing special about 2m. What matters is increasing intentionality. And, truly, a man could spend his entire lifetime just trying to meet the needs of people who’d come into his 2m circle—so, it’s a good place to start.)