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Nominations to 4 of the 5 federal service academies are difficult to obtain and are required for the application for admission. The U. S. Coast Guard does not require a nomination. Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates to the U. S. Naval Academy, the U. S. Military Academy, the U. S. Air Force Academy, and the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy. The acceptance rates are as follows:

Navy (9%); Air Force (12%); Army (13%); Merchant Marine (15%); and Coast Guard (16%). 

Many deserving high school seniors have received or will be receiving a letter that will begin this way:

“Dear Service Academy Applicant,

We regret to inform you that Senator XXXX will not be submitting your name as one of his nominees to the United States Service Academy listed as the first choice on your application. The Senator is grateful to you on your willingness to serve our country in such an honorable tradition.” 

The candidates must not allow this rejection letter to identify them.  The letter is an event in their life.  They are disappointed and feel terrible.  Today starts a new day with a new slate to write their journey in life.  There are many opportunities in life and one of them is to reapply next year.  It is all about preparation, planning and implementation.  This is the time for reflection and reality.  Do you have what it takes?  How competitive are you in academics, physical fitness and leadership?

Is the military your goal, desire, and purpose for your life? 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE? CONTACT ME AT 

830 285 7010 MY PERSONAL CELL PHONE OR SEND ME A PERSONAL EMAIL AT

MERGER@WINDSTREAM.NET. LET’S TALK ABOUT SERVING OUR NATION.   

List of Things

I remember back to the days I was marketing and building my Certified Public Accounting practice in Houston, Texas.  There was a reference book titled “Book of Lists”.  There was a book of banks, a book of investment firms, and a list that shocked me, a list of CPA firms.  Why were there so many?  Lists everywhere of all kinds of things.  Top twenty-five football teams.  List of Fortune 500 companies. List of the richest people in the world.  The lists go on and on.   I started thinking what does this all mean; is there anyone interested in this kind of stuff?

My thoughts went to the lists in the Holy Scriptures:

  1. Ten Commandments.
  2. The Gifts of the Spirit
  3. Qualities of a Maturing Christian

These lists were inspired by God.  We would be wise to read each list, be interested in them and heed each one.

The early church believers were inspired to write two major lists on spirituality:

The seven sins – pride, envy, anger, slothfulness, avarice, gluttony, lust

The seven virtues – wisdom, justice, courage, temperance, faith, love, hope

Mahatma Gandhi created his own list. His life was not centered on Jesus Christ.

Seven deadly sins:

Wealth without work

Pleasure without conscience

Knowledge without character

Commerce without morality

Science without humanity

Worship without sacrifice

Politics without principle

Gandhi’s list deserves deep thought. Be the best you.  Live an inspiring life with purpose serving others.

 

Choices and Responsibility

For more than four decades, Zig Ziglar started his major presentations with the following similar statement: “by a show of hands, do you know of somethings that if you do them over the next several weeks, they will make your life much worse?  I am sure you can think of several things. Thank you.  Additionally, do you know of somethings that if you do them, they will make your life much better.  Show of hands, please?  

Everything you are, everything you do or everything you have is based on the choices you make or have made. You are responsible for your choices.  One of the two major problems in the world is people not taking responsibility for their actions. The other major problem in the world is most people do not have a compelling reason, a clear purpose or a big why as to their purpose in life.  No clear definition of success.  Lots of people are in a rut living life as a wandering generality.  “if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time” said Zig Ziglar.  

This leads to a life filled with regrets, unhappiness, despair and depression.  A well-balanced life with meaning and significance is a successful life.  The solution to these problems is to understand true success and the fastest way to get there. You must replace bad habits with good habits. You know you have choices and you are responsible for the results.  You know you must make a decision.  Willard Peterson, Princeton Professor, stated “Decision is the spark that ignites action.  Until a decision is made, nothing happens”. George Bernard Shaw, great playwright, stated “liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it.” We live in a day when most people pass the buck with just a shrug of the shoulder.  I have seen many times where leaders of organizations blame someone else for their misgivings.

Admiral Rickover wrote to men and women in leadership roles the following: “responsibility is a unique concept.  It can only reside and inhere in a single individual.  You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished.  You may delegate it, but it is still with you.  If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else.  Unless you can point your finger at the one who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you never had anyone really responsible”.

These tough words from this great admiral are needed today more than ever.  Meaningful results get done by doers; by those who get off the fence of indecision and get into action. A life of failure where you learn from your mistakes is better than a life spent doing nothing.  Do not let your story die with you. Sing your life’s song.  Live life and create yourself. The secret of true liberty and freedom is stepping up and assuming responsibility. From Prime Minister Winston Churchill, “The price of greatness is responsibility”.

 

Remembrance

Memories and Symbols So We Will Never Forget

It was December 7 the first time I stepped off an airplane on to the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut, South Vietnam.  It brought memories of discussions with my Marine Corps father of the red-letter day sunrise, December 7, 1941.  350 Japanese War Planes flew over the island of Oahu and rained death and destruction on Pearl Harbor.  Eight battleships and ten smaller warships were put out of commission.  Two hundred American planes were destroyed and 3, 581 servicemen were killed or wounded.  The USS Arizona took a bomb down into its stacks, exploded and sunk in less than 8 minutes burying 1177 sailors. The day of the sneak attack, “a day of infamy” as stated by President Franklin Roosevelt. The national battle cry became, “Remember Pearl Harbor”.  We have had others, “Remember the Alamo”, “Remember the Maine”, “Remember 9/11”.

The Lord’s Supper is not a battle cry (maybe it should be) but it is a call to REMEMBRANCE.  When we receive the elements of Communion, we have a dual responsibility of receiving and remembering. 

On the night before Christ was executed, Jesus had dinner with his closest friends.  Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread, shared it with them and said, “this is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me”.  Remembrance means more than recalling something or someone from the past.  To remember is to make vivid, make real to recall and make contemporary the reality of the deed.  In this case, it is to remember Jesus’ words, life deeds and death that brings life to us.  We were redeemed, we are redeemed and we will be fully redeemed when He returns.  The Lords’ Supper commemorates this fact.

To aid our memory, Jesus used two symbols necessary for life as constant reminders, the bread and the wine.  Associated with Christ, they are powerful mementos.  Extreme emotional memories.

Several years ago, I attended a memorial service for a good friend where we were asked by the family to bring reminders of the young man.  There were pictures, letter jacket, baseballs, gloves and an assortment of miscellaneous items.  Each person told the story behind the item and how much it meant to them. Our hearts were moved and there was not a dry eye in the place.  Laughter, tears, smiles, were all mixed together. 

Our Lord wants to be remembered this way through the wine and the bread.  He wants us to recall his life energetically, love, joyous and happy.  Dinner around a family photo album.

I remember reading a story about a 17-year-old girl killed in a horrific car accident by an 18-year-old honor student, band member who was driving under the influence of alcohol.  The judge sentenced the young man to 2 years in jail which seemed too lenient but he then also required him for the rest of his life to visit the site of the accident on November 12 each year.  He was to reflect and think about his poor judgement and his part in the taking of a life that did not deserve to die.

There is nothing more tragic and horrible than an innocent victim killed by a drunken driver.  But my friends, we are no different. We took the life of Jesus Christ. Our sin nailed Him to the Cross. He was innocent. He did not deserve to die.  We deserve to die, but He took our place and gave us Eternal Life.  And so that we will never forget, we gather at the table to remember Him.  We taste the bread and sip from the cup to recall the life that was taken, the sacrifice that was made and our part in the tragedy. WE MUST REMEMBER AND NEVER FORGET.

Academy Nominations

Nominations to 4 of the 5 federal service academies are difficult to obtain and are required for the application for admission. The U. S. Coast Guard does not require a nomination. Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates to the U. S. Naval Academy, the U. S. Military Academy, the U. S. Air Force Academy, and the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy. The acceptance rates are as follows:

Navy (9%); Air Force (12%); Army (13%); Merchant Marine (15%); and Coast Guard (16%).

Many deserving high school seniors have received or will be receiving a letter that will begin this way:

“Dear Service Academy Applicant,

We regret to inform you that Senator XXXX will not be submitting your name as one of his nominees to the United States Service Academy listed as the first choice on your application. The Senator is grateful to you on your willingness to serve our country in such an honorable tradition.” 

The candidates must not allow this rejection letter to identify them.  The letter is an event in their life.  They are disappointed and feel terrible.  Today starts a new day with a new slate to write their journey in life.  There are many opportunities in life and one of them is to reapply next year.  It is all about preparation, planning and implementation.  This is the time for reflection and reality.  Do you have what it takes?  How competitive are you in academics, physical fitness and leadership?

Is the military your goal, desire, and purpose for your life?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE? CONTACT ME AT

830 285 7010 MY PERSONAL CELL PHONE OR SEND ME A PERSONAL EMAIL AT

MERGER@WINDSTREAM.NET. LET’S TALK ABOUT SERVING OUR NATION.