"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
"I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
"And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
"I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." - Luke 18:10-14
There is no talent involved in being humble.
Thank you to all the men and women who serve in the armed forces, for you are the pure example of being humble.
You have put everybody ahead of yourself, something that I could not do in that situation.
I never wanted any part of being in the military.
That was never something that interested me in the least.
You are far better humans that I.
You lay down your lives so I can write what I write and people can like it or not.
You lay down your lives so NBC Sports can intentionally eliminate "under God" and "indivisible" from the Pledge of Allegiance and people can like it or not.
You lay down your lives so ABC Family can have a disclaimer at the conclusion of the "700 Club" but not the same disclaimer at the end of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
You lay down your lives so the Stars and Stripes can wave proudly.
You lay down your lives so we can have freedoms not found anywhere else in the world.
"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle." - Benjamin Franklin
"Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all." - William Temple
"True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us." - Tryon Edwards
"Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself." - Charles H. Spurgeon
"Life is a long lesson in humility." - James M. Barrie
"Humility is at the equilibrium of ego. When we're on center, we manage our ego rather than it managing us." - Steve Smith
The last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is as follows:
"We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
"We mutually pledge to each other ..."
During the summer, right now, is when teammates mutually pledge to each other.
Right now is when teams get better because the parts are busting their tails to get better.
If you are sitting around doing nothing, you are losing the race because your opponents, your competitors, are getting better.
Do not rest on what happened last year because nobody cares what happened last year. In fact, your competitors and opponents really wish you would rest on your laurels because the more you rest, the better everyone else is getting.
If you are shooting 1,000 jumpers a week, others are shooting double that.
Coaches are do not want to hear your excuses now and they sure don't want to hear them in four weeks.
Teammates don't want to hear them either.
The summer is all about your teammates.
Are you making your teammates better?
"Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win." - Bobby Knight
On June 28, 1776, Thomas Jefferson presented to congress the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.
Congress had voted in favor of independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776, but did not complete the process of revising the Declaration of Independence until two days later.
After changes to Jefferson's original draft, a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4, 1776 - nine colonies voted in favor of the Declaration; two voted no, Pennsylvania and South Carolina; Delaware was undecided and New York abstained.
John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. It is said that he signed his name "with a great flourish so King George can read that without spectacles."
"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." - John Wooden
(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)