Think about it. Lyrics. Books. Magazines. Advertising. News coverage. Politics. Press conferences. Court rooms. Films. Television writing. The internet. Speeches. Sermons. Counsel. Conversations. Arguments. Poisonous, crushing words. Elevating words. Personal, internal speak. Prayer.
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon — if I can.
I seek opportunity — not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.
All this is what it means to be an American.
Dean Alfange (1897-1989) wrote this statement in the 1950’s. It has also been referred to as “My Creed.” It originally appeared in This Week Magazine. A condensed version was published in Reader’s Digest.
When Jesus was told by the Pharisees that he should leave because Herod wanted to kill him, he sent a message back to Herod … “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal'” (Luke 13).
Clearly in command of his own agenda. Objectives. Resolve.
It’s not too much to say that we live in a world which is burdened … fraying at the seams. Is there something we can do? The Creator is active even now and will restore all things. He distributes slivers of His heart of concern to each of us who are receptive. Ravi Zacharias challenges us to partner with God. Is there not a cause we can live for?
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Quite often life has this way of saying (or screaming), “This is reality. Get used to it!”
We don’t think in the category of establishing reality, do we? Our default perspective is that reality is something eternal to us. And it acts upon us.
The truth is how we respond to “This is reality …!” makes all the difference for us and those around us.
Will we respond proactively? Or will we react passively, silently submitting to what’s happening … or what you think may happen?