The Gentleman

I heard that a gentleman should be in the public profile 3 times in his life, at his birth, at his wedding and at his funeral.  I thought the walk of faith to be similar?  We are baptized very near to our birth.  We find our relationship to Jesus at some point, which becomes over time, a relationship with all the trimmings of conversation and quality moments like our marriage. Then, we come to the last scene of our story, the moment where trusting in His Grace comes to light.  A gentleman becomes such, by every repetition that he is the gentleman, a relationship becomes one by every repetition that it acts as one.  Saint James said this:  “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”  An old story says, a man tells his wife he loves her on the day they get married, each day after, he shaves in the morning, then somehow expects to be greeted at the door of his home upon his return, with the paper, an ice cold beer, warmly embraced by his half naked bride.  How many times do you need to be reminded of the goal, of the plan or the mission?  One of the great quotes of Coach John Wooden: “The eight laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, and repetition.”  Ain’t it so!


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