It is amazing to me sometimes how many lies and hoaxes are perpetrated upon the public throughout our history.  In 1968, Erich von Daniken published his book Chariots of the Gods.  The book was a worldwide bestseller, subsequently being translated into thirty-two languages and even being brought to the screen as a documentary in 1970. The gist of the book is that he supposedly explained ancient mysteries, proving that many of our ancient accomplishments and major events were brought about by aliens that visited this planet.  The problem with the book is that it is full of inaccuracies and distortions, common tools of Satan whenever he or his followers want to deceive people into believing something absurd and to keep them from believing in and following God.  I guess the foundational assumption of the book is that things like the pyramids are too incredible to have been accomplished by mere humans.  But if you have read and studied very much ancient history, you would realize that humans have always been pushing the envelope and doing amazing things ever since God first put them on this earth.

God has made us “a little lower than the angels,”  giving us incredible intellectual and physical abilities.  We don’t need aliens to show us how to accomplish amazing feats. All we need is a strong will, the willingness to do hard work, and perhaps a little inspiration from God when we hit the obstacles, but otherwise, we can accomplish incredible things.  Our history is a non-stop verification of humanity’s amazing abilities, as we have constantly done the very things that people told us “you just can’t do.”  I know that I have been told several times in my life that “you can’t do that,” whenever I have charted a course in my life that was unlike anyone else’s.  When I wanted to teach at West Point, I was warned by two of my leaders that it would ruin my career.  Their reasoning in warning me was that this assignment would take me out of the mainstream or common jobs that people would be working in my career field.  But teaching at West Point was a dream of mine, and I was determined to make it happen with God’s help. 

As it turns out, my leaders were wrong about this ruining my career.  I taught at West Point for a total of five years over two stints, 1998-2001 and 2006-2008.  And despite what the naysayers told me, I still had a successful career, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.  But God has put a bulldog-strong will in me from the beginning.  This willpower has served me well in many of the obstacles I have had to overcome.  But this, along with my single-minded focus on the truth, has taken me to incredible places and allowed me to do incredible things that I never thought I would be able to do.  I learned early on in my life, though, not to worry about what other people thought of me.  So long as God was on my side, so long as I lived a life that was in keeping with His Word and His Principles, and so long as I was in the center of His Will, I knew that anything was possible.  Abraham Lincoln was once asked whether he thought God was on his side.  He answered wisely, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”

I pray that each of you will seek and have revealed to you God’s Will for your life.  When you are walking in the center of His Will, you can do all things



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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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