Virtue of the Week: Sacrifice

Sacrifice of Love The family doctor told little John that he could save his sister’s life by giving her some blood. The little five-year-old girl was very near death, she was a victim of the same deadly disease from which John, her elder brother of age eight, had made a marvelous recovery two years earlier. […]

Virtue of the Week: Sacrifice

A Gift of Love “Can I see my baby?” the happy new mother asked. When the bundle was nestled in her arms and she moved the fold of cloth to look upon his tiny face, she gasped. The doctor turned quickly and looked out the tall hospital window. The baby had been born without ears. […]

Virtue of the Week: Sacrifice

Origin of the Iterod Every year in Alaska, a 1000-mile dogsled race, run for prize money and prestige, commemorates an original “race” run to save lives. Back in January of 1926, six-year-old Richard Stanley showed symptoms of diphtheria, signaling the possibility of an outbreak in the small town of Nome. When the boy passed away […]

Virtue of the Week: Sacrifice

Friends, Imagine cavemen sitting in comfort before a fire in a communal cave being urged by their mates to go hunting for food on a cold, rainy, winter day. They are being called on to make a sacrifice. They are being asked to give up the comfort of their cave temporarily for greater rewards. Of […]

Henry Morton Stanley’s Unbreakable Will

By Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney Is willpower a mood that comes and goes? A temperament you’re born with (or not)? A skill you learn? In Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Florida State University psychologist Roy F. Baumeister and New York Times journalist John Tierney say willpower is a resource that can be renewed or depleted, protected […]

The Miracle of Sacrificial Love

The word sacrifice is made up of “sacri” and “ficio”, which means “to make holy”. The greatest example in my life of sacrificial love is how my parents Joe and Kathy Traeger have cared for my handicapped sister Kimberlee. Their sacrifices have made her handicap “holy” and form the miraculous spiritual foundations of our extended […]

CARROT OR TEA BAG

Take two boiling pots of water. Into one drop a carrot and then into the other drop a tea bag. The carrot goes in straight and sturdy; it has been well raised. But over time, after it hits the heat and pressure of the boiling water, it becomes soft and pliable and will bend in […]

On Passivity

By Chris Willertz One of the biggest hurdles in trying to build a wrestling program at Winton Woods has been trying to take spectators and turn them into wrestlers. More and more young men are devoted to entertainment and being entertained. Watching sports, watching movies, playing video games, texting friends, listening to music, “shooting around”, […]

Snack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. ‘I’m glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,’ I thought. Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all […]

Sacrifice

Are you a coach, teacher, administrator, or counselor who is in this profession to save our post modern kids from themselves and the devil, or are you just in it for the paycheck? How deep are you in? What are you willing to sacrifice? Those who sacrifice little are the teachers and coaches who arrive, […]