Pastor's Corner

1 Jun
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Mid-Week Challenge

For those of us who were looking for a little nostalgia, you might take a look at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.  The Bee kicked off again yesterday for the first time in three years.  We all remember the Bee as a place we’d like to be invited, but knew we would never make the cut.  We remember it as part of our childhood, but this year it brings back the warm fuzzies not because it hasn’t been held in a few years, but because of the format change.  One article reports: The Scripps National Spelling Bee used to begin with a handshake. Now it starts with a slap to the face. One speller ran off the stage in the middle of her time at the microphone, saying she needed to pee. Another tried to walk back to her seat after spelling her first word correctly, only to be reminded she had a vocabulary word next. During one particularly brutal stretch, 10 consecutive spellers heard the bell that signals elimination. Leaner and meaner in its post-pandemic iteration, https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/no-joke-initial-rounds-national-201212369.html

It seems that in an age of “wokeism” there are some folks who have grown tired of relaxing the standards.  The Scripps people have noticed the abilities of students getting better, but some due to the lessening of standards.  Not so, this year. Right from the start the student’s skills were tested.  That does not mean there was no mercy.  For the poor student that needed to “go,” they did allow her a potty timeout. 

It's nice to see competition return, but more than that, a standard being enforced. Integrity attempted to be restored. Not everyone will get a medal or trophy, and that’s okay.  The students will appreciate the fact that they did their best and made the cut.  I don’t know how long this will last, but it nice to see something like it return.  It gives hope to me for the return of the Church! It’s never too late to enforce the rules and get back to the system that actually works and produces results.  A little challenge is good for all of us.  It will push us to actually be at our best, especially in hard times!  We need that now more than ever! 

Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.  Zechariah 1:3

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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