Give Me That Mountain

The Importance of Preparation

Health and Healing. Day twenty-seven...

When hearing someone say, “Let's do some painting,” those volunteers with no experience will immediately grab the brush and open the can—having no idea how far away they are from actually being ready to paint.

The prep time for painting walls and trim in new construction takes twice as long as the actual painting, and that prep time is even longer when re‐painting existing construction. But when the patching, the filling, the sanding, the texturing, the caulking, and the masking have been done properly, the painting takes no time at all—and the finished product will dazzle.

fine paint job

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Shaping and Perfecting

Health and Healing. Day twenty-six...

Art and function have always been inseparable in pottery. I am constantly amazed at what a pile of clay can become in the hands of the right person. Maria Martinez (1887–1990) was such a person.

This Native American artist was honored with special invitations to the White House from four different Presidents and honorary degrees from major universities. She was famous around the world as a craft artist.

pottery by martinez

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Dealing with Distractions

Health and Healing. Day twenty-five...

As Mom would say, “How do you know you don't like it until you taste it?”

Of course, Mom was using words that I didn't like the sound of, like:

  • “It's good for you.”
  • “It helps you grow.”
  • “It makes you strong.”

peas and carrots

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God Is Glorified in Our Victory

Health and Healing. Day twenty-four...

William Tyndale (1494–1536) was an English scholar whose mission in life was to get an English translation of the Bible into the hands of the common people, so they would no longer have to rely on the clergy to tell them what God said.

This upset the ruling class so much that Tyndale, at age forty‐two, was publicly strangled with a chain, and his body burned.

william tyndale

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Pursuing the Standards

Health and Healing. Day twenty-three...

Well‐run businesses have rules that must be followed, just like well‐run families, well‐run municipalities, or any other well‐run grouping of people. So as an employer I regularly had to deal with disciplinary issues.

Over my years in manufacturing, I probably had hundreds of encounters with employees who needed to be reminded of company standards. And I certainly never enjoyed the process.

organized business

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Exceptions

Health and Healing. Day twenty-two...

There are exceptions to every rule. If you're not convinced, just try making a statement that is generally true, and then listen for a response from those who oppose your statement. They will bring up every exception imaginable in an effort to repudiate your generally true statement.

For any system to work properly—whether it has something to do with law or science or God—the exceptions must be handled or the system won't work properly.

source code

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Get Mad

Health and Healing. Day twenty-one...

My children attended a rural elementary school. Most of the basketball teams in our conference had a policy of making sure each child had a few minutes of playing time. Invariably, it seemed as if the weakest kid had to be put in at the end of a very close game.

When little “Johnny” was called off the bench, everybody wondered why the coach would deliberately ruin our chances of winning—everybody except Johnny's parents. It was as if I was yelling, “Why did you put Johnny in now? He can't even hit the rim,” while at the same time Johnny's mom was yelling, “Johnny, you're doing great! You even hit the backboard this time!”

boy playing baskeball

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A Justified Confidence

Health and Healing. Day twenty...

“No brag. Just fact.” Walter Brennan spoke these words on a regular basis in the western series, “The Guns of Will Sonnett,” while it played on network television during the late 1960s.

Brennan's character made the claim in such a matter‐of‐fact way that it didn't come off as bragging, but as a justified confidence.

walter brennan

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Everything Necessary

Health and Healing. Day nineteen...

Last Thursday as I was driving on the interstate, at the end of an exit ramp I saw a car off in the ditch. A young teenage driver was standing next to his open car door—as if the incident had just happened.

“Could I help him?” I thought to myself. In my truck I always have a tow rope and a couple of log chains. And since my truck has four‐wheel drive I was confident that I could get him back on the road quickly. But in the split‐second it took me to assess the situation I'd passed the exit ramp.

in the ditch

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Healing as an Acquired Skill

Health and Healing. Day eighteen...

A couple of years ago, one of the men attending our classes lived in his car. He was too tall to stretch out in his rear seat, and since he had a bad back to start with he was continually dealing with back pain.

I prayed with him one night after class and he was instantly healed of the pain. The following Sunday after church services he plopped down on a stool in front of me and said something like, “Pray for me. My back's hurting again.” So I prayed, and again the pain left him.

sore back

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