Rest 

What happened to Kindergarten nap?

When I was in Kindergarten in 1960, we prayed in schools, we were allowed to read from the Bible and there was definitely nap time.

Recently I was subbing for a kindergarten class and the kids were not afforded a nap time.

Years ago I remember a pastor named Nick Welch who was suffering from being very sick. I was visiting his office, because he was still at work, looked at me and said, ” David, you cannot escape the principle of rest.”

Nowadays I see a society in America that is trying very hard to escape that principle.

It is like we are saying,” I am too busy to be anything but too busy.”

People wear, “I am busy,” like it is s badge of pride. Unfortunately many are unaware that busyness can ultimately lead to a barren life. Pride goes before a fall…

Oh I fell into it too. 80 hour weeks traveling the ministry burnout trail. I would come back home with nothing left to give but a mean and hardened attitude. 

Learning to rest is God like. On the seventh day God rested. Now if God rested where does that leave us. We also should rest.

The word says we should work to enter into His rest.

Thus the work needs to be believing and relying on God for everything. Jesus said this is the work of God, believing in  His Son.

Back to Kindergarten nap, first we must believe that we need to rest.

The other sub that I was subbing with took the lead because she had been here all week, because the normal aide had been out all week. She was very efficient and knew the ropes, having young children herself, and often subbing in this school.

I asked her when they had done away with Kindergarten nap. She shrugged her shoulders and said she did not remember and then said with a smirk, “We teachers need a nap.”

She is so right. Everyone seems to be tired.

So you ask where is this article going David?

Simply to this thought that I will put in question form.

“Is your life worth the better quality that will come when you learn to really rest, through knowing personally and obeying Christ the Lord?”

And this is life eternal, that they may know You and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

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Get in the door!

Get in the door
” But Mr. Allport I don t wanna flip burgers! I would rather be doing something else. ”

 “Have you learned anything about how the real world works?” I retort.

“Well yes, I play video games for 7 hours a day and eat fast food, I know just about all there is to know!”

“Why not start out with Mickey D’s ?” 

“Why not start anyplace you can get your foot in the door?”
Get in the door. 
That is the real key to getting started on a work career path. Another way of saying it is, “Half of finishing is staring.”
People that just think about working, do just that…. only think. You won’t make much money that way.
But once you start the secret to success in the work place is threefold, I believe:
1- work harder get smarter and promoted!

Ever notice when you are not doing anything the clock just seems to go slower? Contrast that with working at a good pace and keeping your mind on the work you are doing. Before you know it, it is time to clock out and go home.

Another benefit of hard work is that you are noticed by the manager and you will either end up with a promotion or be the first one to be asked for the same job next summer.

People that work hard sleep well. People that work hard feel good about themselves and their hard earned money is truly valued vs. just being given handouts from parents or the government.
2- a good attitude is good altitude

“The closest distance between two people is a smile.” Savanah Guthrie

Cream rises to the top! People who maintain a positive attitude regardless of circumstance or personal adversity are the ones that really are going up the ladder at the job. The way in which a person carries themselves is usually the first page that is read in the book of our lives.
3- do you love what you do?

I remember the first time I got a check on the job I was beside myself, I looked at it and said to myself, ” I get paid for doing this? I would do it for nothing because I love it so much.” You say,” but I do it know what I love to do?” That is okay, keep trying to discover what it is. I believe we all have a great propensity and passion for whatever it is that God made us for. What is not okay is just working to pay bills and end up miserable because we loathe what we do. Do I need to work to pay bills, of course, but keep dreaming and pursuing what you believe you will love to do and eventually you will find it, if you will pray and never give up. JESUS Luke 18:1 NIV

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1-800 I can’t understand you!!!

American telephone customer service: “1-800 I can’t understand you !!!
“Helllu My name is musellie rhatsamarahatsunee…. sooo gluud to seervvve yu tudaay!” It only took 11 minutes this time to get a voice after being repetitiously told every 46 seconds that my call was important to ATT or was it the government agency I was trying to get information from? 
Even the Philippine lady who speaks a Tagalog accented English that Amazon and the overpriced chocolate covered strawberry firm uses, sounds like a broken up Latino dialect barely discernible as English…. another words what the heck is going on in the telephone merchant customer service world?
Oh the firm is trying to save money… I get that…. but gee whiz why must I as the consumer play a guessing game while the barely able to speak English rep for the firm is reeling off the specials for that day and at the end trying to make the sale bigger by adding the ultra special deal awaiting me for just a little bit more of my hard earned dollars.
Recently I was on what seemed like eternal hold while another foreign phone associate had to be paged because the one that answered the phone was not able to connect the dots. Is it because my upstate NY ascent was too hard to understand…. nah, I don’t think so…..
To Amazons credit, I am never on the phone more than a minute before some one has answered the phone and they have never not refunded me. So this article is not a total bash session… but darn close, because I like so many Anglo English speakers get exasperated by the parade of telephone customer service people that I cannot understand or they cannot understand me. Hello, what is wrong with this picture??
I am a veteran and been a part of USAA for over 5 years. It is one of the firms that get it…. get what? That I would like to speak with someone on the phone that speaks American Network television English or something like that.
Our Sunday paper the delivered most of the time but when it is not, my loving wife asks me kindly to go to the store and get one. Meanwhile she proceeds to call the 1-800 # and get a funny dialect on the other end of the phone. She tries to be patient but after a while the inefficient dialogue gets beyond a hassle and after it is over my wife rolls her eyes tries to shrug it off and hopes that her wishes were actually understood.
I thought about sending this piece as a letter to the editor but quickly realized the paper would not want to shoot themselves in the foot by exposing their money saving stupidity by using this whacko way of doing business. The real bottom line budget question is, are some things really worth the price to run it at low end?
Whaaaaat uuu thunk?

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Why should I as a young English speaking American learn Spanish?

Why should I as a young English speaking American learn Spanish?
As the United States is the third largest by population Spanish speaking nation in the world, what are we doing here to train our kids in this language in our schools?
When I was 15 my mom encouraged me to go to Colombia for a summer as a foreign exchange student. I did actually went there! It was 1970, before the prominence of the drug cartels there.
At the time I had no chance to learn Spanish in school because the only foreign languages that were taught were Latin,( a dead language used no where for speaking in the current world), and French. This was in the late 1960’s in New York.
Colombia is presently the second largest by population Spanish speaking nation in the world behind Mexico.
The brand of Spanish there is very good and the dialect along with Argentina is considered the best outside of Spain itself! My Spanish now I consider to be, “Spanglish,” and make no claims to being even close to fluency. However because I learned to pronounce in Colombia and was immersed into the language where the dialect is so pure, when I address others in Spanish to this day I can usually get the thought across of what I am trying to communicate.
Just under 20% of the voters for the last presidential election were of Hispanic decent. That number will only increase in the days to come.
As I survey the schools of Georgetown county and Horry County in SC, the question I start to ask myself is, just what are the plans in place to teach Spanish to our children, and are those current plans optimizing the best resources and targeting the children at a young enough age where learning another language is proven to be easier to assimilate?
As you go into places of business such as Lowe’s you find two languages on banners directing you to different places in the store. Call most corporate, government, credit activation, or about anything else you can think of and you are usually given a choice of two languages to be addressed in.
Is English the most spoken language of our nation and the language of the Internet, of course, but that does not negate the truth that soon we will overtake Colombia as the number two by population Spanish speaking nation in the world.
If you travel outside of the Grand Strand to any major city in the United States there is always a very large Spanish speaking population. 
Back to our young people, who will more likely get hired first, the single language speakers or the bilingual? 
In the United States vs. Europe, I believe we have a tendency to be more language lazy. In 2000 I flew into Amsterdam for the Billy Graham conference there with over 17,000 attendees. I quickly found out from a bus driver that the Dutch had to learn not two but three languages to get along…. Dutch, German, and English.
Yes since world war 2 English has dominated the scene in the world but that trend is changing.
My appeal to you the parent, the educator, the business person, the government employee, or really any one reading this is simple: Why are we not using more proven methods in teaching Spanish? Why is high school still targeted as the main age group , Spanish being an elective there, when over and over again it is time tested that a second language is best learned when children are younger?
Also another great advantage of learning a second language is that you learn so much more about the primary language you speak when you study another. 
I asked an official when I was visiting a Georgetown County school why children were not taught earlier and the simple reply was, ” That would cost more money! ” 
Sad isn’t it that $ would limit us in this day of affluence, a better way to teach what is quickly becoming a real part of our culture…. the importance of learning another language, more specifically, the importance of a new generation of young Americans to learn, Espanol.  

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The NFL

NFL: reflections and thoughts from a 50+ year fan, and now objective observer.
1- the league has set the standard among major sports for bringing technology into the game: there have been many modifications about replay challenges. The short version is the NFL has made getting the accurate call via the camera into an art form. It seemed like baseball was really dragging its heals on bringing the camera into the game for more accuracy on calls.
2- Network TV revolves around the revenue that the league brings in: before FOX outbid NBC for NFC Sunday broadcasting, it was pretty much just a network that ran reruns in local independent stations. Now FOX is spoken right along with the BIG 3: CBS, NBC, ABC(ESPN). NBC was out of the loop for awhile so the NFL came up with SNF, Sunday night football, it has become a cash cow for NBC. 
3- in the 1960’s a game was typically only 2 hours long. In the evolution of the game, halftime and commercial blocks have been enlarged. Imagine that! That the powers at be would fall in line and change the length of time it takes to play a game to make more $. Contrary to this the leading sport in the world also called football has no time outs and have not changed the length of time it takes to play a game for adverts, that’s British for Commercials.
4- The NFL has done a great job in keeping the game off the pay per view venues unlike boxing.
5- The crown event of the NFL, now played on the first Sunday in February, is broadcast all over the world and is an unspoken national sports holiday here. The Halftime show is always a major event with the top musical stars in the world performing. The big question remains how many International watchers have any idea of what is going on concerning the game itself and beyond that how many people even care?
6- The league has been trying to export the sport to other countries for many years
Two major obstacles: 
1- the game is complicated to understand, 22 guys going at breakneck speed for 5-8 seconds. Added to that if someone has not grown up with the game there can be a serious lack of interest. Kinda like if I was raised in the US, unlike Mike Jagger who loves Cricket, why would I think that Cricket is anything more than an insect or a second rate cell phone company, even though it is the second most popular sport in the world.
2- $- unlike the other football or futbul ie soccer, our football takes a lot of money to play with all that expensive equipment. 

The NFL started a European league in the 90′ s that Commissioner Roger Goodell ended in 2007, because it always operated in the red.

The London game and the Mexico City game are the current avenues for getting our game beyond the US. The London game makes it so Sunday has a fourth time slot 9 AM! $$$
7- Rule changes: the intricacies of how close a defender can be to a receiver, when can there be contact, etc. can change year by year, along with a lot of other rule changes….Adroitly, the league crafts rules that usually leans toward the offense scoring points. Unlike the other low scoring football and hockey that a lot of Americans dub as boring. Some of the changes really make sense like moving the extra point back to a distance where it’s just not an obligatory kick for one point or the option to go for two points after a touchdown, which really can change the dynamic of a game.
One final thought, the ongoing saga of how the NFL will handle the concussion issue. Because Science has proven the link between the hard hits to the head and physical ramifications of that,( see the movie starring Will Smith entitled Concussion ), the NFL cannot play the denial card like big tobacco did all those decades before the 1990’s concerning lung cancer’s link to smoking. In the future the league will be faced with fresh challenges on how to deal with concussions. Plus there is the ongoing enigma of what to do with all the retired players from the league who have suffered with multiple head injuries and do not have the medical resources to take care of themselves.

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The Domino effect

The Domino effect
I always admired the people that would have the patience to put all those dominoes in a roll only to see them topple when with the slightest push by a finger one would go down and start the continuous falling down. On the other hand I would wonder do people that do this have a life?
Donald Trump has a life outside of politics and has recently turned that life’s work over to the care of others. Actually he is having documents drawn up so that the severing between his past work and new work for our country is firm, distinct and fully separated.
When the Carrier Corporation was persuaded by Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence to not leave the country and stay in Indiana, I ‘ll bet there were a lot of folks in the Hoosier state that stood up and were thankful for this quality move.
I believe it is just the beginning.
Just recently it was reported that Mr. Trump told the CEO of Apple Tim Cook, ” Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States.”
But most experts agree that building iPhones from scratch in the U.S. Is impractical and economically unfeasible,….
Remember how the, “experts thought that Trump did not have a snowballs chance in hell of being elected.” So much for the political experts and with the experts quoted by Julia Carrie Wong in her article from San Francisco, in which I have quoted from in the above quotes.
I grew up in what is now a part of the rust belt, upstate NY. The state has been running ads in SC, saying on TV bring your business here and you have a ten year no tax zone! 
One of the paradoxes is the Carrier Corporation and the dome that was constructed in their name for Syracuse University. SU for $2.75 million in 1979 allowed Carrier the naming rights to the Stadium forever…. which is a long time and has turned out to be a raw deal compared to what is going on now. Coupled with that, guess what corporation pulled out of Syracuse years ago and left so many with out a job? You guessed it Carrier!
I’m not picking on Carrier. I am just showing that when big companies pull out of manufacturing in the US it hurts. Corporations deciding to help rebuild the US by returning and building here, many of these having their own roots in the US, can become a true economic backbone, and give our nation a brighter financial future.
Ford announced this year that all small cars will be made in Mexico. Mr. Trump via twitter announced that he was in contact with Bill Ford and trying to keep the Lincoln plant in KY.
Back to the dominoes, I believe as Big Corporations begin to see this as a profitable trend not only for PR but for the benefit of the common American, that the movement will take on a life of its own.
How did I come to believe this? How did it come to be that so many people and states decided to elect Mr. Trump? 
It is because he is a real leader. 
He is smart and knows how to get things down. He also knows how to put the right people into the right positions, ie Mike Pence.
As the dominoes fall, our nation will rise.
David Allport

davidballport@gmail.com

Myrtle Beach

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Listening to the Bible

Listening to the Bible 
Recently I have downloaded on my galaxy edge 7 the Word of Promise: Complete Audio Bible. It was only 8 bucks! It is in the New King James Version, and has various actors speaking the different characters, as well as dramatic sound effects in the background.
I’m going to listen to all 98 hours all the way through from Genesis to Revelation. I am somewhere in Leviticus. It seems each track is a chapter and I am on track 122. Which according to my calculations is Leviticus 22.
I have always enjoyed listening to things. From my early days of not having a tv in my room before the age of 12, I had a transistor radio and would listen to sports especially radio. The Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto aka ” the scooter,” would yell, “holy cow!” Anytime something exciting was going down.
I remember listening to the computer generated fight between Cassius Clay and Rocky Marciano. Radio was a marvel to me because I could really,”see,” what was going on with the vivid words igniting my youthful imagination.
Now it is time to listen to a book that has become an old friend. Napoleon said that the Bible was a living creature and that it spoke to him. Charles Dickens said that the New Testament was the greatest book ever written. George Washington said, ” It is impossible to rightly govern without God and the Bible.”
So now I get to enjoy the washing of the water of the word each AM. I so need the renewing of my mind that the timeless scriptures bring to me. 
Like David of old, I want to hide His Word in my heart that I might not sin against Him. He also mentioned, he really loved the Word, and that it was his meditation all day long.
Joshua, who lead Israel into the promised land, said that if one wants success in life than they will make the Bible their main source of mediation and thought.
Finally JESUS, who is the Living Word of God said these dynamic words, ” It is the Spirit that gives life, the sinful nature profits nothing, the words that I speak to you they are spirit and they are life.”
Thus it is not that I have to listen to the Bible, it is more like I get to….yes I count it a privilege to listen to the sacred volume and trust that it will help me follow and obey JESUS my Lord.

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