The principles of life, especially of the upward mobile life this man wanted, but hadn’t the foggiest idea of how to achieve, seemed to be, only perform at the lowest level you can get by with, and if you can “get by” with no effort, do so by all means.
Today my quote comes from a man of outstanding character, a Naval Officer, College All American and Professional Football Quarterback for Dallas Cowboys in their golden years.
Roger Staubach. Roger went to the Naval Academy and received training to be an officer in the United States Navy. This required at least four years of service after graduation. There were some ways to get out of this commitment. After four years at college, named All American and drafted by an NFL team, Roger turned down the ways out of his commitment, the enormous amount offered in the NFL draft. He served four years and then accepted the offer from the Cowboys. (He was the 129th draft pick in 1964). He had the privilege of playing for a coach of rock ribbed conviction. He is in the NFL Hall of Fame!
Above his proven prowess as an athlete the one thing that stands out is Roger’s character. He said something that is similar to my “Dinosaur” statement in my speech.
There are no traffic jams along the “extra mile.” Roger Staubach
The “extra” mile is the same as the extra donut in the old “Baker’s Dozen” and implies doing or giving more than is expected. In today’s world such thinking and practice is considered Un-American! But we who name Christ know our citizenship is registered in another realm, and the “extra mile” here resounds to our testimony of faith in Jesus Christ, who taught the “extra” principle to His followers under the most brutal circumstances. Rome ruled supreme and stomped on the people she conquered, doing everything possible to strip them of any semblance of dignity. A Roman Soldier could force a Jew to carry his gear for a mile. He did not ask, he commanded. In that setting Jesus instructed His people thusly:
“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” Mt 5:41.
Joseph gained fame in Egypt, as did Daniel in Babylon, by knowing and applying this principle. You can do the same thing by simply following the example of men like Joseph, Daniel and Roger Staubach. Make the words of Jesus a part of your achievement plan and know there is room for you along the journey of the “extra mile.”
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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