Thoughts on Snow-Part Three: A Biblical Perspective

Hi Friends:

When I first offered my “Thoughts on Snow” way back in November (after our first snowfall up in the Great North Woods), the whole idea was to answer a couple of questions, like “Is snow mentioned in the Bible?” and “Does it snow in Israel?” As is most often the case, somewhere in the middle of the first sentence … the post went in a completely different direction, and I didn’t answer either question. Then came “Thoughts on Snow-Part 2,” and I didn’t get around to either question once again … So …
How often is snow mentioned in the Bible?
Does it snow in Israel?

We start with the second question:
Keep in mind that deserts at high latitude do get snow. Israel is on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, facing into the prevailing westerly winds, and therefore the mountainous area where Bethlehem is located can get snow, just like the Sierra Nevada out in California. While it is uncommon, it does snow in this part of Palestine, sometimes three to four days a year. At an elevation of 2,400 feet, Bethlehem is in the desert … But desert means dry, not hot. Keep in mind that there are places here in the United States, parts of Colorado, for example, which are considered “high desert,” and they have snow … lots of snow. My research about Israel showed that in January of 2002, there were several inches of snow across parts of Palestine, and Bethlehem got a large snow fall in February of 2004. Again, rare, but it happens. I understand that in December of 2006 they had a heavy snowfall, and you may remember that back in 1992, pictures of the “White Christmas” in Bethlehem were published by news media worldwide,
So, while it gets cool in winter, and certain higher altitudes near Jerusalem and Bethlehem can even see snow, this is rare, and generally limited to brief periods during December and January.

First question:
The Bible talks about snow in different ways. It speaks of snow to reference a certain time of year, it talks about snow itself (as part of Winter), it is used to describe how white something like clothing and leprosy can be, and my personal favorite, snow is used to describe how clean our sins will be when they are washed clean by Christ’s blood when we confess our sins and believe in Him as our Lord and Savior.

When I began to think about this, one of the questions I had was, “What is the first mention of “snow” in the Bible?” The answer to that is dependent upon perspective:

My first response leads me to Exodus, when Moses stood before Pharaoh, and the second sign, following Moses’ rod turning into a serpent: “And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow” (Exodus 4:6).

Many Biblical Scholars believe that Job was the first book of the Bible to have been written. The book of Job contains 5 references to snow, including these:
The first is when Job compares his friends to a brook: “Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid” (6:16); then, these references: “If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean” (9:30); “Drought and heat consume the snow waters” (24:19); “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?” (38:22).

The Bible is very clear on Who makes the snow: “For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth” (Job 37:6;); “He giveth snow like wool” (Psalms 147:16); “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word” (Psalms 148:8); “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater” (Isaiah 55:10).

As an historical reference to refer to the time of year an event occurred: “And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow” (2 Samuel 23:20; 1 Chronicles 11:22); and this from Psalm 68:14: “When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon” (a mountain near Shechem).

Proverbs uses snow in examples of wisdom: “She is not afraid of the snow for her household” (Proverbs 31:21); or lack of wisdom: “Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool” (Proverbs 26:1). And, Jeremiah asks, “Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon?” (18:14).

In the verse from Exodus, we saw snow used to describe the effects of leprosy. There are 2 other well know examples when this happened:
To Moses’ sister, Miriam: “And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous” (Numbers 12:10).
The example of Naaman: “The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow” (2 Kings 5:27).

Snow is used to exemplify white and purity, the way we look after God cleanses us from our sins: “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalms 51:7); “Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk” (Lamentations 4:7).

Of course, there are the descriptions of Jesus, where the word “snow” is used to describe both His appearance, and the color of His garments: “And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them” (Mark 9:3); “His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow” (Matthew 28:3).

The Bible uses both snow and wool to represent whiteness and purity, and we will see both words used in a recorded description of Jesus’ appearance:
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18); “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool” ( Daniel 7:9); “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire” (Revelation 1:14).

There is another important similarity between snow and wool. Both snow and wool act as insulators. The World Book Encyclopedia says: “Wool . . . insulates against both cold and heat.” And of snow, World Book notes that it, too, “serves as a good insulator. Snow helps protect plants and hibernating animals from the cold winter air.”

So, the next time you watch the snow falling from the sky, you may want to think of God’s awesome power. Or you may choose to think of the gentle protection he provides as he spreads a white blanket over his creation, much the way a loving parent might tuck a child safely into bed.

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Victory Over Depression-Part Three

Hi Friends:

I’d like to offer some encouragement to help during times when we are feeling depressed, or perhaps what we experience more often, when we are feeling the depression of others. How often we have worked with people, or just run into people, who are so negative in their attitudes. They just always seem to be in a bad mood, and if we’re not careful … we’ll “get some on us.” It is so important who we “hang with,” who our friends are. We should make every attempt to surround ourselves with positive people. Yes, just like negative thinking and negative speaking, positive thinking and positive speaking is contagious. Make every attempt to surround yourself with people who create an atmosphere of victory with their attitude and words.

I think that what affects me negatively the most, is when I spend more time thinking-really “dwelling on” how I’ve failed … things I should have done, things I should have said …
What I should be doing is “dwelling on” Who dwells (lives, resides) in me. Instead of dwelling on my failures … I should be dwelling on what God has already done for me, how He has blessed me … How He has never, ever failed me … I believe that often, depression is the result of our anger turned toward ourselves, because of our faults and mistakes.

How different would our attitudes be if we spent more time thinking about what He’s done … instead of what I’ve done, or not done.
I need to think about Him.
Not about me.
Think about his goodness.
Not my badness.
Think about His good.
Not my bad.
Etc.

Colossians 3: 2 puts it this way: “Set your affection (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Here’s the bottom line, and I hope this helps:
We don’t need to “dwell on.”
We need to “dwell in.”
The word “dwell” means to “live as a resident, to remain, to keep the attention directed, to exist, to abide, stay, to remain.”

Just this morning, I was greatly encouraged, and reminded of these great truths from 2 Chronicles: It’s ok not to know what to do at the moment, what the next step is … what is important is to know where to turn to find out: “… neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee” (20:12). Our battles, whatever we are struggling with, has already ended in victory, so we are to “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (20:15). Just believe! “Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper” (20:20). If you really believe this … if you really believe this … your natural response should be-regardless of the situation around you-to praise God for what He has done, and for what you know He is going to do: “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the enemy … and they were smitten (defeated)” (20:22). Looking for peace? So was Jehoshaphat, back in 2 Chronicles, chapter 20. He trusted in God, and here’s how it worked out: “So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about” (20:23). Man! That 2 Chronicles, chapter 20 is something!

Something else I feel is important: Take one victory at a time. Enjoy each victory … just remember “from whence it came.” And … one more time … Read your Bible … If God did it for them … He will do it for you. God hasn’t changed: This means that, still, today, there is nothing He can’t do … and, still, today, there is nothing too hard for Him …
An oldie, but still a goodie:
No Jesus.
No peace.
Know Jesus.
Know peace.

I’d like to share a couple of verses from the book of 1 Samuel which will encourage us to remember that if God did it for someone else, then He can-and will-do it for me. When David was facing Goliath (and how many of us are, right now, facing “Goliaths” in our lives?), here is what David said: “The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine” (17:37). How many of us are facing a possible promotion, or job change? First … know that “they” are not your provider … God is. This is what Samuel said: “It is the LORD that advanced (raised up) Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt” (12:6). Yes, it is the Lord who promotes!

So … be encouraged! As Samuel said, “For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people” (1 Samuel 12:22).
We’ll close with the very next verse … as a reminder to us all to pray for others … remember that God “turned the captivity of Job” when Job prayed for his friends? Here’s verse 23: “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you.”

Please pray for us.

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
Modern-Day Psalms

Victory Over Depression-Part Two

Hi Friends:

Please allow me to reiterate that, in-or out-of ministry, you will never look into the eyes of someone who has not suffered great pain. And, we all get depressed sometimes. I am constantly reminded of what a Pastor once told me: “You would be surprised to learn how many Pastors suffer from depression.” Yes, we would be surprised … yet … don’t we sometimes forget that Pastors … that all church leaders … are “people,” too.

In our business, we are honored to serve many Pastors, and other church leaders, with personalized plaques. One thing that the Lord revealed to me about the poem “Why, Pastor, Why,” or any plaque we send to honor a specific Pastor or church leader: We never know where they may be, with their relationship with God, or their congregation. I was reminded of the importance of “honoring those who honor Him.” We never know what that particular person may be going through. And, that the plaque we are sending to them may be the difference … may be just the “spark” they need to make a difference in how they view their calling … and, their flock … We try to pray over every plaque we send … to pray for the person being honored … and, for the person-or group-which are honoring them.

These same thoughts carry the same weight in dealing with those who aren’t in church leadership. Let us never forget that those around us, whether they are showing it or not, are going through their own battles. And, yes, a small percentage of those people may, at some point, come to us for advice. I pray every day that people will see Jesus in me. Every day. To me, that’s the most important thing about what I may or may not do, in a given day. And, especially when someone comes to me with a personal problem, something they are having trouble with (and, let’s face it, often the problem is with “someone” they are having trouble with), I want to be sure the Spirit gives me exactly the right thing to say. And, here goes … If I can’t say the right thing, Lord … please help me to not say anything!

So, we all face depression of one degree or another. It’s just part of being a human being. But, it’s how we deal with these negative feelings that makes the difference. Yes, I get depressed, sometimes. We all do. It’s just “part of it.” The difference is how we allow these negative feelings to affect us. So, I’d like to help you with a couple of thoughts about what to do when these “feelings” try to take over. The phrase “take over” is critical here. If we allow any thought or feeling to take over our mind … that’s just what it will do. It will “take over” every part of our thoughts … leading to taking over every part of our actions.

First … Please … Please … Please …
Talk to Jesus.
Period.

If you don’t do this … and, I hate to tell you this, but I must:
If you don’t “tell it to Jesus,” don’t go to Him first … you are already on losing ground. I know that’s hard, but it’s true. The key over everything-and certainly including depression-is … your relationship with Jesus. And, I’ll say it again … How can you have a relationship with someone you don’t talk to? And … how can you trust someone you don’t know? And, again, how important is it for you to start each day with Prayer and Bible study? So, first talk to Jesus.

One of my favorite verses is always “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Just knowing that we can go directly to God’s throne should be a major comfort to us:
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
How about this one: “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear …” (Hebrews 13:6). So, go to Jesus first.

Should I talk to others about my issues? Now … that’s a loaded question. There is the old saying that “misery loves company.” The reason that’s an old saying is because it is still true. Be careful who you go to for advice. Period. You should, and it is Scriptural, seek counsel: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels” (Proverbs 1:5). Notice how early this verse comes in “the book of Wisdom.” In fact, how about this: “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14). Please ask God to lead you to the right person to speak to, and God will make that happen. Please, though, and we’ve all done this … Please don’t pick someone out to talk to, just because they will agree with you … Go to someone who will tell you the truth … even if it hurts to hear what you may have to do … If God sends you to someone, there is a reason … so, hear this verse from Proverbs 12:15: “he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”
Just be sure of the source! Again, please be careful who you speak with! God is not the only one who is capable of sending someone to speak with/influence you! That had to be said!

Solomon is considered the wisest man who ever lived. We’ve all read his words. Yet … here we are, some 3,000 years later, and we are still struggling with the exact same things, the same questions, which he had. Remember that Solomon changed over time … Why? How? One of the main reasons Solomon changed was because of who he allowed to influence him: His friends, his associates, yes, his wives-and his wives’ families … So, I just can’t say enough how important it is … who you “hang with” … who your friends are … who you allow to influence you …

It’s all about relationships, isn’t it? If it’s one thing that has “gotten me down” over the years, it has been relationships, and especially who I allowed to influence me. On the other hand … and I write this to encourage you … it there’s one thing that has changed my way of thinking … helped me “come out of it” over the years, it has been those positive influences in my life …

I’m going to say this, and it’s a tough, tough, thing, but it is true and tested:
You just can’t have enough positive influences in your life. And, not just people. Read … expose yourself to positive stories … stories which will encourage and inspire you …
On the other hand (here’s the tough, but must be said part):
It can take only one “bad” influence to bring all of the dominoes down.
So, put your relationship with Jesus at the top of the list.
He will supply the rest of the list for you.

One more verse which helps me so much:
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

There is another verse which I feel led to share with you … a verse I shout over … which encourages me so much … It is from Isaiah … Wait! Let’s read this one first:
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am they God: I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10). Now, here’s the verse which takes so much fear away: “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee” (Isaiah 54:14). Yes! That says that even “terror shall not come near me!”

God’s Word is so good! So true! And … so necessary!
Hope this helps!

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

PS: Here’s the link to our first entry on “Victory Over Depression”

Victory Over Depression

For the World Record: Most Watched Television Events Worldwide

When we shared the list of the most watched television programs here in the United States, it seemed only natural to find out what were the most watched television programs/events of all time … in the entire world … which events were most watched by the world, viewing the same event … at the same time.

When we consider the largest worldwide viewing audience was for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, with 2 Billion people watching … the 114.4 million who watched the Super Bowl in this country seems … well … rather small … By the way, it is estimated that over 4 Billion people, around the world, watched at least a part of the 2008 Olympics …

Here’s the list, from “www.worldlistmania.com”:


1. 2008 Olympics opening Ceremony
Number of Viewers: 2 billion
Location: Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
Year: 2008

2. Rescue of Chilean Miners
Numbers of Viewers: 1 billion
Location: Atacama Desert near Copiapo, Chile
Year: 2010

3. 2006 FIFA World Cup Final
Numbers of Viewers: 715 million
Location: Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany
Year: 2006

4. First Human Walk on surface of the Moon
Numbers of Viewers: 530 million
Location: Landing on Moon
Year: 1969

5. Funeral of Michael Jackson
Numbers of Viewers: Around 500 million
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Year: 2009

6. Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii
Numbers of Viewers: 400 – 500 million
Location: Honolulu International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Year: 1973

7. 2011 Cricket World Cup Semi Final (India vs Pakistan)
Numbers of Viewers: 400 million
Location: Mohali, Punjab, India
Year: 2011

8. Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Numbers of Viewers: 350-400 million
Location: Westminster Abbey, London, England
Year: 2011

9. John F. Kennedy Funeral
Numbers of Viewers: 180 million
Location: Washington, D.C, USA
Year: 1963

10. Spring Festival Gala
Numbers of Viewers: 135 million
Location: China
Year: 2007

For the Record: Highest Rated TV Broadcasts in U.S. History

An estimated 114.4 million people watched New England’s win over Seattle, making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record for the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

The viewership from this year’s Super Bowl eclipses the 112.2 million who watched Seattle beat Denver in the 2014 game, according to the Nielsen company. The game also set standards for social media and online.

With the buildup involving the league’s two top teams and a controversy over the inflation of footballs in the Patriots’ conference championship, the game may have set another record even without the compelling finish. However, the finish — a circus catch to put the Seahawks on the doorstep of a last-minute win and a game-saving interception by the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler — kept viewers glued to the television. An estimated 120.3 million people were watching during the last 10 minutes that the game was being shown, according to Nielsen.

Although more households viewed this game than any other, it is not the highest-rated telecast in U.S. history.

Here is the list of the 31 highest Nielsen-rated televsion programs ever ….

1. M*A*S*H ‘ Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen’ (series finale)
Nielsen Rating (percent of households): 60.2
Share (percent of TVs in use at time): 77%
Households: 50.15 Million
Date: Feb. 28, 1983
Network: CBS

2. Dallas – ‘Who shot J.R.?’
Nielsen Rating: 53.3
Share: 76%
Households: 41.47 Million
Date: Nov. 21, 1980
Network: CBS

3. Roots Part VIII
Nielsen Rating: 51.1
Share: 71
Households: 36.38 Million
Date: Jan. 30, 1977
Network: ABC

4. Super Bowl XVI
Nielsen Rating: 49.1
Share: 73
Households: 40 Million
Date: Jan. 24, 1982
Network: CBS

5. Super Bowl XVII
Nielsen Rating: 48.6
Share: 69
Households: 40.48 Million
Date: Jan 30, 1983
Network: NBC

6. XVII Winter Olympics – Ladies Figure Skating
Nielsen Rating: 48.5
Share: 64
Households: 45.69 Million
Date: Feb. 23, 1994
Network: CBS

8. Oprah Winfrey Special – Michael Jackson Interview
Nielsen Rating: 47.9
Share: 67
Households: 36.5 Million
Date: Feb. 10, 1993
Network: ABC

7. Super Bowl XX
Nielsen Rating: 48.3
Share: 70
Households: 41.49 Million
Date: Jan. 26, 1986
Network: NBC

9. Gone With The Wind – Part 1
Nielsen Rating: 47.7
Share: 65
Households: 33.96 Million
Date: Nov. 7, 1976
Network: NBC

10. Super Bowl XLIX
Nielsen Rating: 47.5
Share: 71
Households: 114.4 Million
Date: Jan 30, 1983
Network: NBC

11. Gone With The Wind – Part 2
Nielsen Rating: 47.4
Share: 64
Households: 33.75 Million
Date: Nov. 8, 1976
Network: NBC

12. Super Bowl XII
Nielsen Rating: 47.2
Share: 67
Households: 34.41 Million
Date: Jan. 15, 1978
Network: CBS

13. Super Bowl XIII
Nielsen Rating: 47.1
Share: 74
Households: 35 Million
Date: Jan. 21, 1979
Network: NBC

14. Super Bowl XLVI
Nielsen Rating: 47.0
Share: 71
Households: N/A
Date: Feb. 5, 2012
Network: NBC

15. Bob Hope Christmas Special
Nielsen Rating: 46.6
Share: 64
Households: 27.26 Million
Date: Jan. 15, 1970
Network: NBC

16. Super Bowl XLIV
Nielsen Rating: 46.4
Share: 68
Households: 53.6 Million
Date: Feb. 7, 2010
Network: CBS

17. Super Bowl XVIII
Nielsen Rating: 46.4
Share: 71
Households: 38.88 Million
Date: Jan. 22, 1984
Network: CBS

18. Super Bowl XIX
Nielsen Rating: 46.4
Share: 63
Households: 39.39 Million
Date: Jan. 20, 1985
Network: ABC

19. Super Bowl XIV
Nielsen Rating: 46.3
Share: 67
Households: 35.33 Million
Date: Jan. 20, 1980
Network: CBS

20. Super Bowl XLV
Nielsen Rating: 46.0
Share: 69
Households: N/A
Date: Feb. 6, 2011
Network: FOX

21. Super Bowl XXX
Nielsen Rating: 46.0
Share: 68
Households: 44.15 million
Date: Jan 28, 1996
Network: NBC

22. ABC Sunday Night Movie – ‘The Day After’
Nielsen Rating: 46.0
Share: 62
Households: 38.55 million
Date: Nov. 20, 1983
Network: ABC

23. Roots Part VI
Nielsen Rating: 45.9
Share: 66
Households: 32.68 million
Date: Jan. 28, 1977
Network: ABC

24. The Fugitive – ‘The Judgement: Part 2′ (series finale)
Nielsen Rating: 45.9
Share: 72
Households: 25.7 million
Date: Aug. 29, 1967
Network: ABC

25. Super Bowl XXI
Nielsen Rating: 45.8
Share: 66
Households: 40 million
Date: Jan. 25, 1987
Network: CBS

26. Roots Part V
Nielsen Rating: 45.7
Share: 71
Households: 32.54 million
Date: Jan. 27, 1977
Network: ABC

27. Super Bowl XXVIII
Nielsen Rating: 45.5
Share: 66
Households: 42.86 million
Date: Jan. 30, 1994
Network: NBC

28. Cheers – ‘One for the Road’ (series finale)
Nielsen Rating: 45.5
Share: 64
Households: 42.36 million
Date: May 20, 1993
Network: NBC

29. The Ed Sullivan Show: The Beatles’ first appearance
Nielsen Rating: 45.3
Share: 60
Households: 23.24 million
Date: Feb. 9, 1964
Network: CBS

30. Super Bowl XXVII
Nielsen Rating: 45.1
Share: 66
Households: 41.99 million
Date: Jan. 31, 1993
Network: NBC

31. Bob Hope Christmas Show
Nielsen Rating: 45.0
Share: 61
Households: 27.05 million
Date: Jan. 14, 1971
Network: NBC

Source: TV by the Numbers, Nielsen Media, AP

Shared E-Mail Classics: Buzzard, Bat, and Bumblebee

Buzzard, Bat, and Bumblebee

If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat and the bee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that the answer is right there above them.

Today’s Quote: Tom Brady

Tom Brady on Sports Illustrated Cover

“In Big Moments, it’s not about the plays.
It’s about the Players.”

NFL: Super Bowl XLIX-New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks: Malcolm Butler makes the catch