This week, I was watching a Bruce Lee movie and was surprised to see Chuck Norris in the film.  I had forgotten that Norris had worked with the martial arts legend in the early 70’s.  Both men have been personal heroes of mine since I was a teenager.   Lee unfortunately had his life cut short in 1973 at the age of 32.  But Norris is alive and well and is active in politics and media.  Norris has had an incredible career.  He served in the Air Force from 1958 until his honorable discharge in 1962.  While in the service, he was stationed in Korea where he learned Tang Soo Do, a martial arts style that incorporates techniques from several other styles, including Kung Fu and Shotokan .  Upon his discharge, Norris opened a martial arts school which grew into a franchise of several schools.  By 1967, he was fighting in martial arts tournaments with mixed success at first.  Starting in 1968, however, he had developed his martial arts prowess to a high level and began a string of spectacular major tournament and title victories. 

His accolades continued to accumulate.  According to Wikipedia, “Norris made history in 1990 when he was the first Westerner in the documented history of Tae Kwon Do to be given the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master.  On July 1, 2000, Norris was presented the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame. In 1999, Norris was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum's Hall of Fame.”  Norris met Bruce Lee in 1968 in New York City at the the World Middle Weight Karate Championship at Madison Square Garden.  Their friendship led to Norris’ first film role later that year in a Dean Martin film, The Wrecking Crew, which was released to theaters in 1969.  Lee was stunt coordinator for the film and offered Norris a debut role.  Four years later, Norris would be offered another role by his friend, this time a major role, in a film that starred Lee, Way of the Dragon, also titled Return of the Dragon in some markets. 

In 1974, Norris began acting classes at the urging of his friend, film star Steve McQueen.  His improved acting skills led to his first starring role in 1977 in the movie Breaker! Breaker!  He would make a string of successful action films, including the Missing in Action series in the 1980s which he dedicated to his brother who died in Vietnam in June 1970 while serving with the vaunted 101st Airborne Division.  And of course, he developed and acted in the highly successful Walker, Texas Ranger television series which began filming in 1993 and ran for eight years on CBS and has been very successful in syndication and has been shown in over 100 countries around the world.  Currently, he is active in politics and is a regular writer for World Net Daily.  But of all the accolades and successes Norris has, the most important fact about him is his relationship with Christ.  He is very outspoken concerning his faith and has written several books focused on Christianity.  In the end, that is all that matters.  Although he has certainly been well blessed with worldly success by anyone’s measure, he would be the first to tell you that none of that compares to the riches of walking in fellowship with God.  None of those successes could buy the incredible peace and satisfaction of being in the center of His Will. 

I pray that, if you do not have a relationship with Christ, you would set that right today.  If you are already walking in fellowship with Him, I pray you would take heart, being filled with His Joy and knowing that, no matter the circumstances of your life, you  have the greatest treasure possible and have riches beyond your imagination waiting for you in Heaven. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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