Enjoying the Journey

Many years ago I was driving through the town I grew up in with my mother in the front seat and my sister in the back seat. I was driving too fast. My mother (the “prophetess”) spoke evil into my life! As soon as the words came out of her mouth, “You are going too fast,” the blue lights came on behind us. My sister thought it was the greatest moment of her life! I didn’t. The officer took my license and registration. When he came back to the car he asked me one question: Are you Roger Pauley’s son? For a moment I wondered if he knew my dad before he came to the Lord or after. “Yes sir.”…

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Through the years that I have been privileged to work in a Bible college I have met so many extremely talented, capable young people.  And yet, it has always puzzled me that the ones who seem to have the greatest promise often do not finish.  On the other hand, there are students with far less ability who finish, finish well, and go on to serve the Lord. What is that unseen, unknown quality that is the difference between those who dream and those who do?  Discipline. Educational institutions speak of disciplines, or branches of instruction.  Yet few of the students that pass through those halls ever learn the power and joy of a truly disciplined life.  Discipline is more than…

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“Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.”  Job 31:6 Integrity is not a product of environment or natural ability.  Imagine an orphan boy who struggled academically.  He was socially awkward and uncoordinated.  When he spoke it was in a high-pitched voice.  Yet he became a man renowned for his integrity.  It is reported that once in the middle of the night he went to a student that he had offended to ask for forgiveness.  He is known as Stonewall Jackson. What would you expect of a young man whose mother became an adulteress and his father died insane?  He was small for his age, sickly.  All of his life he was accident-prone and…

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