Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 2/23/16
“You gotta keep your eye on the ball.”  (Foghorn Leghorn)  No matter what the game (ping pong, golf, tennis, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, etc), if you’re going to be successful, you have to keep your eye on the ball.  Lent is a season which reminds Christians of what’s important in the Godly life.  Most religions have seasons like that.  So many things can distract us from the “Godly!”  It’s good that we have reminders to “keep our eye on the ball.”    ;-)  Jack

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  "Keep Your Eye on the Prize." Your words are repeated so often in so many ways!  Yes...even in Table Tennis!====JACK:  A trophy that I "prize" was is one that I received as a high schooler when I placed 2nd in a YMCA tournament.

FROM OLD SPORT OWEN:    When I played baseball as a youngster, my father told me repeatedly: "Keep your eye on the ball." I didn't understand what he meant until I was an adult. It would be nice if we learned all our lessons earlier in life.====JACK:  Your response brought memories back to me of when my son and I were playing baseball together.  We also had the chance to play catch on the Field of Dreams.  He is now 57 and still playing hardball with a team that regularly appears in Florida's Roy Hobbs World Series.  I also remember playing catch with my dad.  In his younger days he was on a team that played against some barnstorming major leaguers, including 3-Finger Brown.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  When I was teaching tennis, I taught that as the first lesson.    The equivalent lesson in debate is "Listen to what is said before you open your own mouth."====JACK:  Somewhere along the line, I learned this lesson about preaching..."Make the main thing the main thing."

FROM TARMART REV:  Yes, sir! -- "The ball and the road!" a good reminder today!!====JACK: When the Willmar racing season begins and you're asked to give the invocation, you might use 1 Corinthians 9: 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  "Keep your eye on the road ahead of you.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  He was my absolutely favorite cartoon character.  I loved the funny way he thought things through.   He had the right idea...the ball was the direct object.  As Christians, our object should be living a Godly life.  When we fail however, we know God loves us.  We are blessed.  It's a lesson we are learning well as we go through the demolition of our house and the rebuilding of the damage.====JACK:  Some of today's candidates seem to remind me of that pompous Foghorn Leghorn.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Yes, and in our humanity, it may bounce us down into sadness, or bounce us high with hope and hilarity; Through it all we "connect" with God, that powerful, loving source  that  is greater than any trouble that could ever befall us; But ya gotta keep your eye on the Ball! :-) ====JACK:  Sometimes God reminds through the events of life...what are the really important things.

FROM CHESTER THE GOOD:  There is one sport where you don't keep your eye on the ball.  Horseshoes!====JACK:  Rolle Bolle is another.

FROM DMF:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTwnwbG9YLE====JACK:  Thanks for the video backup for today's WWs.

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