I had one of those few and far between moments of clarity this morning and stumbled across an interview between the US Senate and Fred Rogers in 1968. The purpose of Fred’s statements to the US Senate was to share his passion for helping children and to convey his message that each of us is special and unique, and that is a great thing for building young people into responsible adults. At one point in the interview, Fred asked a Senator if he could share a song he had written for his new show. The Senator said, “Absolutely”.
I thought Fred’s song, while intended to guide young minds into channeling their emotions and anger, was fundamental and the truth for our current adult world and experience. In the end, nothing is new, and we will likely not have to deal with anything uglier than in 2020. However, the healing of families, our country, and ourselves will take time, sacrifice, and a lot of effort. Your choice is that you have no choice but to stand tall.
The tenants of Ox Strong are much like Fred Roger’s story in that our mission is to remind men the fundamentals of the bible that God is pure, God is tolerance, God is rewarding, God is loving, God is healing, and most of all, God is available.
When was the last time you opened your Bible? Are you lonely, are you lost, have you put God aside to deal with your emotions? I will step up and tell you I have set God aside in critical moments in my life, and yes, at times of this crisis, I am ashamed for my sins. Did God put me on this planet to feel this way? No! Our time here is a spec of dust in the winds of time, and what little time we have is a test we must pass. God is an A+, he is only asking you for a B, because we have to make millions of decisions from birth to death, and eventually, the temptation will step in the way of what is best. This means dealing with stress, loss, pain, and failure. This doesn’t mean you have to like it or put up with people or situations to pass the test of being Christ-Like. Jesus said ‘no’ better than anyone and my moment of truth was when Jesus proclaimed that no one should occupy his Father’s temple for profit. Matthew 21:12
Take your mad and turn it into something worthwhile for you, your family, and your community.
What do you do with the mad that you feel?
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong...
And nothing you do seems very right?
What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?
It's great to be able to stop
When you've planned a thing that's wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song:
I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there's something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a woman
And a boy can be someday a man.
Fred Rogers' video of him singing What do you do?
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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