High Caliber Guns http://www.highcaliberguns.com Theology, Firearms, & Computers...What Else? Wed, 28 Feb 2007 06:15:07 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.5 en SparkNotes… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/28/sparknotes/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/28/sparknotes/#comments Wed, 28 Feb 2007 06:15:07 +0000 ArrowJ Literature http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/28/sparknotes/ I recently bought the audio book of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy from Audible.com. After listening to a couple hours I realized that I was completely lost. I went to Barnes and Noble looking for CliffsNotes on the book and found instead SparkNotes. I can’t say if one is better than the other, but I can say that I love SparkNotes.

SparkNotes gives you information about the author, the important characters, the plot, the symbols and themes, and a lot more. A lot of information in a very compact format.

You can purchase SparkNotes for about $5 at Barnes and Noble. You can also purchase them in .pdf format and audio format for your iPod from the SparkNotes website, but the coolest thing is that you can actually read the entire SparkNotes for a given work online. I recently began reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and when I wanted to confirm my suspicions about where the book was going to take me I just looked it up on the SparkNotes website. Very convenient indeed.

On a final note, I do not condone using any kind of notes in place of reading the actual piece of literature in question. If you find yourself doing this, drop out of school now and save yourself and your parents a lot of heartache.

Snickers Dark… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/27/snickers-dark/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/27/snickers-dark/#comments Wed, 28 Feb 2007 04:51:07 +0000 ArrowJ Miscellaneous http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/27/snickers-dark/ Snickers

Snickers has been my favorite candy bar for as long as I can remember…until now. I read about the Snickers Dark on Candy Addict, and was excited to try one. I had that pleasure today, and I must say it is the best candy bar I’ve ever tasted. Alas, it is a limited edition bar, and soon I will be relegated to eating plain old Snickers bars again. Life is cruel.

Famous Smoke Shop… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/27/famous-smoke-shop/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/27/famous-smoke-shop/#comments Tue, 27 Feb 2007 16:58:42 +0000 ArrowJ Cigars http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/27/famous-smoke-shop/ Famous Smoke Shop

I don’t know how many places there are on the Internet to buy cigars from, but I know which one is the best. Famous Smoke Shop is the place to purchase premium cigars online. The selection is unmatched by anything I have found on the Internet and certainly anything I have found at a traditional bricks and mortar tobacconist. Famous Smoke Shop offers free shipping on select items and on every order that exceeds $100. Then there is the 5 Pack Frenzy; pick four 5 packs and the fifth one is free, and the Cigar Monster deal of the day.

Famous Smoke Shop’s website is the electronic entrance to their Easton, Pennsylvania bricks and mortar retail store. What makes Famous Smoke Shop stand out among the rest is their website. The biggest majority of online cigar retailers just don’t have a clue when it comes to presenting their products electronically. Famous Smoke Shop does it right. Easy to navigate, easy to browse, and easy to order. Famous Smoke Shop does it all very well, and of course the price is unbeatable.

Free Cigars From CigarsDirect.com… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/26/free-cigars-from-cigarsdirectcom/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/26/free-cigars-from-cigarsdirectcom/#comments Tue, 27 Feb 2007 00:09:39 +0000 ArrowJ Cigars http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/26/free-cigars-from-cigarsdirectcom/ Each month CigarsDirect.com gives away a selection of free cigars to the first 50 people that respond to the offer. In exchange they ask the winner to return to their website and review the cigars. This month yours truly got in on the fun. I will be getting one each of the following sticks:

Obviously I will post a review for CigarsDirect.com as requested, but I will also be sure to post reviews of these four cigars here as well. What a nice surprise.

By the way, the offer has already been filled for March…sorry losers…just kidding…sorry I got mine and you didn’t get your’s…no really…sorry you won’t be getting any free cigars this month…

Lists: Candy Addict’s Top Ten: Gross Candy… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/25/lists-candy-addicts-top-ten-gross-candy/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/25/lists-candy-addicts-top-ten-gross-candy/#comments Mon, 26 Feb 2007 04:53:14 +0000 ArrowJ Lists http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/25/lists-candy-addicts-top-ten-gross-candy/
  • White Chocolate Maggots–Gotta love those maggots.
  • Hose Nose–A nose that leaks candy snot.
  • Sour Flush Candy–A toilet filled with powdered candy, dip your plunger sucker in and have a taste.
  • Harry Potter Cockroach Clusters–Soft jelly underbelly, crunchy cockroach on top.
  • Fear Factor Candy–Inspired by the television show, Fear Factor.
  • Chocka Ca-Ca (Poop Candy)–Sign me up.
  • Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans–Also inspired by Harry Potter. Includes booger, dirt, vomit and others.
  • Ear Way Candy–Scoop the ear wax out of the plastic ear and eat it. Doesn’t everybody do this already?
  • Hard Candy With Real Bug Centers–Why would anyone do this to themselves?
  • Lick Your Wounds Candy–Candy scabs, again, do I need candy for this?
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    Lyudmila Pavlichenko… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/lyudmila-pavlichenko/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/lyudmila-pavlichenko/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2007 19:17:26 +0000 ArrowJ Firearms http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/lyudmila-pavlichenko/ Lyudmila Pavlichenko

    The March 2007 issue of America’s 1st Freedom contains a fabulous article about Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a women considered to be the best female sniper ever. Lyudmila had 309 confirmed kills during WW II including 36 Nazi snipers. She was wounded in battle four times. In addition she was the first Soviet citizen granted a reception in the White House, being received by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. What a woman! This would make an award winning movie.

    Lists: David Kopel’s Top Ten: Must-Read Books For Gun-Rights Proponents… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/lists-david-kopels-top-ten-must-read-books-for-gun-rights-proponents/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/lists-david-kopels-top-ten-must-read-books-for-gun-rights-proponents/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2007 18:50:51 +0000 ArrowJ Firearms Literature Lists http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/lists-david-kopels-top-ten-must-read-books-for-gun-rights-proponents/
  • Armed America, by Clayton Cramer–Tells the story of guns in early America
  • Supreme Court Gun Cases, by David B. Kopel, Stephen P. Halbrook and Alan Korwin–Reprints of everything the U.S. Supreme Court has every written on the right to arms, gun control and the right of self-defense, with commentary.
  • Target Switzerland, by Stephen P. Halbrook–Shows how the Swiss militia deterred the recurrent threat of Nazi invasion.
  • Origins and Development of the Second Amendment, by David T. Hardy–Presents the 75 most important documents about the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
  • Gun Control and the Constitution, by Robert Cottrol–The most important state and federal cases and law review articles dealing with gun control.
  • The Origin of the Second Amendment, edited by David E. Young–Reprints every single original documentary source about the origin of the Second Amendment from 1787 until the early 1790s.
  • Targeting Guns, by Gary Kleck–Almost everything that can be quantified about guns in America is in here.
  • To Keep and Bear Arms, by Joyce Lee Malcolm–Tells the story of the English right to arms in the 17th century England, and how it was central to the century-long struggle between the despotic Stuart Kings and advocates of republicanism and limited government.
  • Death by “Gun Control”, by Aaron S. Zelman–Examines the 20th century genocides in Turkey, the Soviet Union, China, Guatemala, Cambodia, Uganda and Rwanda, and details how each of them was preceded and facilitated by gun control.
  • The Global War on Your Guns, by Wayne LaPierre–What the gun prohibition lobbies did to England, they want to do to the rest of the world–especially the United States.
  • This list was taken directly from an article by David Kopel
    in the March 2007 issue of America’s 1st Freedom.
    Step Away From The Battlestar Galactica Super Soaker… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/step-away-from-the-battlestar-galactica-super-soaker/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/step-away-from-the-battlestar-galactica-super-soaker/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2007 18:05:08 +0000 ArrowJ Firearms http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/step-away-from-the-battlestar-galactica-super-soaker/

    From the “I can’t believe this is happening” file, the city of Buffalo, N.Y., is participating in a toy gun “buy-back.”

    A program initiated by the FATHERS grassroots community and anti-violence organization has swapped basketballs, footballs, books and board games for the toy guns of the city’s youth.

    At press time, more than 100 toy guns already have been turned in, ranging from water pistols to soft pellet guns that look real.

    Excerpt and post title taken from the March 2007 issue of America’s 1st Freedom. I could not locate a link for the FATHERS organization in question. I did notice that if you do a search you find that this is not a new idea, and many people are doing the same sort of things across the nation. Thank goodness for that.

    Armed Citizen #10… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/armed-citizen-10/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/armed-citizen-10/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:44:21 +0000 ArrowJ Firearms Armed Citizen http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/armed-citizen-10/ Ruger GP100

    Police say a 17-year-old was home with his cousin when four armed men kicked in the door and started shooting. The teen rushed to grab his shotgun and fired at his assailants, killing two of them. The other suspects fled, but were later apprehended. “Truthfully, it was either them or me,” said the teen. “I’m thankful to be standing here today. I thank God.”
    KHOU 11 News Houston, Texas, 12/28/06

    Read More Armed Citizen Reports

    Cigar Review: Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Churchill… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/cigar-review-romeo-y-julieta-reserva-real-churchill/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/cigar-review-romeo-y-julieta-reserva-real-churchill/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:22:11 +0000 ArrowJ Cigars Ratings http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/cigar-review-romeo-y-julieta-reserva-real-churchill/ Cigar Review

    Maker: Altadis U.S.A.
    Price: ~$5.00
    Size: Churchill (7 x 50)
    Wrapper: Connecticut Shade Ecuadorian
    Binder: Nicaraguan
    Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan

    I have tried a couple different sticks from the Romeo y Julieta line and wasn’t overly impressed with them, but this cigar makes the grade in my book.

    Appearance/Construction–14: Beautifully constructed. Silky wrapper. No large messy veins sticking out. Very nice.

    Smoking Characteristics–19: Plenty of smoke with a medium, but not hard draw. The ash was inconsistent with gray and white runs alternatively throughout the smoke. This stick also required two relights, one after I knocked of the initial ash, and another after I wrote a check for pizza.

    Flavor–20: The cigar started out nutty, but changed to creamy about an inch down and stayed that way throughout. Nothing complex, but a very nice mild smoke.

    Overall Impression–29: Very nice looking cigar. A little messy on the burn, but very tasty and easy on the pallet. Smoke this cigar when you have plenty of time–well over an hour.

    Final Score–82: Very Good To Excellent

    Note: Cigar ratings are largely subjective. In addition, an otherwise good line will occasionally slip a bad stick. Finally a cigar that is not properly stored before and after sale can create problems with an otherwise good cigar.

    The Cigar Aficionado Rating System:
    Appearance/Construction: Up To 15 points
    Smoking Characteristics: Up To 25 points
    Flavor: Up To 25 points
    Overall impression: Up To 35 points

    95-100 - Classic
    90- 94 - Outstanding
    80-89 - Very Good To Excellent
    70-79 - Average To Good Commercial Quality
    Below 70 - Don’t Waste Your Money

    ]]> http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/22/cigar-review-romeo-y-julieta-reserva-real-churchill/feed/ Kohler K-3496… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/21/kohler-k-3496/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/21/kohler-k-3496/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2007 17:31:37 +0000 ArrowJ Family Miscellaneous http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/21/kohler-k-3496/ Kohler K-3496

    Dear reader, I pray that you will never face a day on which the task of toilet installation befalls you, but if it should might I suggest a Kohler? When my wife and I bought our house we knew we would have problems with the age of the plumbing, electricity, and just about everything else. Our house was built around 1880. If you have any notions of classic lines, and beautiful antiquity you can dismiss them. The house is old, but not antique by any stretch of the imagination.

    The downstairs toilet has required constant plunging from day one–by constant I mean daily–by daily I mean four times a day. Several months ago the toilet quit working altogether. Being the handyman that I am not, I decided to replace the guts. The job went as most of my jobs go–bad. For months now we have had a toilet that needs plunging and that must be manually stopped to prevent it from running on indefinitely. This week I decided to take care of the problem once and for all.

    I bought a premium toilet kit to replace the cheap guts I put in it the first time. This kit required removal of the tank. I decided the best thing to do was to go ahead and break the toilet beyond repair during installation of this kit so that I could return the kit and buy a brand new toilet instead. In this way I was able to kill three birds with one stone. First, I received the inestimable pleasure of installing a new toilet. Second, I was on the receiving end of ridicule from my wife for the price of the toilet, and finally I was able to spend more of the money my wife and I have been hoping to use for our ten-years in the waiting honeymoon. All in all, it was just a great break for me.

    So where is the porcelain lining in this great toilet saga? The wonderful truth of the matter is that I wouldn’t avoid the ordeal even it was in my power to travel back in time and do so. Why would I be so self-destructive and heartless toward my beloved wife you might ask? Simply put. Because the Kohler K-3496 toilet is a wonder to behold and a pleasure to use!

    I paid $270 for the Kohler K-3496 at Lowe’s and it was worth every penny! Never have I beheld such a work of plumbing and waste management beauty. Yes, the toilet is finely designed and ascetically pleasing. Yes, Kohler has designed a comfortable toilet that is ergonomically satisfying. But what makes the Kohler K-3496 stand out is the flush. Oh, the glorious flush! Gone are the days of plunging. Gone are the days of waste-ridden water flooding the floor. Each satisfying flush washes away the most dire of circumstances in a quick powerful flood of clean clear water leaving a gleaming white receptacle ready for the next dangerous adventure.

    The salesmen told me that the only problem customers had with this toilet was that were compelled to return and buy more units to replace the lesser quality seats in their homes with the true throne–the K-3496. All I can say is if my wife and I don’t start talking again soon, I’m going back to Lowe’s and to hell with the honeymoon.

    Babel… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/20/babel/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/20/babel/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2007 05:43:04 +0000 ArrowJ Movies http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/20/babel/

    Totally worthless? This reviewer says, yes!

    Celebration Of Discipline, Chapter Ten… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/18/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-ten/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/18/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-ten/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2007 16:23:21 +0000 ArrowJ Theology Literature Celebration of Discipline http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/18/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-ten/ Taken from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Chapter Ten — “The Discipline of Confession”

    Confession is a difficult Discipline for us because we all to often view the believing community as a fellowship of saints before we see it as a fellowship of sinners. We feel that everyone else has advanced so far into holiness that we are isolated and alone in our sin. We cannot bear to reveal our failures and shortcomings to others. We imagine that we are the only ones who have not stepped onto the high road to heaven. Therefore, we hide ourselves from one another and live in veiled lies and hypocrisy.

    But if we know that the people of God are first a fellowship of sinners, we are freed to hear the unconditional call of God’s love and to confess our needs openly before our brothers and sisters. We know we are not alone in our sin. the fear and pride that cling to us like barnacles cling to others also. We are sinners together. In acts of mutual confession we release the power that heals. Our humanity is no longer denied, but transformed.

    Celebration Of Discipline, Chapter Nine… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-nine/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-nine/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2007 04:59:01 +0000 ArrowJ Theology Literature Celebration of Discipline http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-nine/ Taken from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Chapter Nine — “The Discipline of Service”

    Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It will desire subtle, religiously acceptable means to call attention to the service rendered. If we stoutly refuse to give in to this lust of the flesh, we crucify it. Every time we crucify the flesh, we crucify our pride and arrogance.

    In the realm of the spirit we soon discover that the real issues are found in the tiny, insignificant corners of life. Our infatuation with the “big deal” has blinded us to this fact. The service of small things will put us at odds with our sloth and idleness…

    It is an act of submission and service to allow others to serve us. It recognizes their “kingdom authority” over us. We graciously receive the service rendered, never feeling we must repay it. Those who, out of pride, refuse to be served are failing to submit to the divinely appointed leadership in the kingdom of God.

    “But acts of courtesy are so meaningless, so hypocritical,” we complain. That is a myth. They are extremely meaningful and not in the least hypocritical. Once we get over our egocentric arrogance about the fact that people don’t really want to know how we are when they say “How are you?” we can see that it is just an American way of acknowledging our presence. We can wave and acknowledge their presence too without feeling the need to give a prognosis of our latest headache. Words of “thank you” and “yes, please,” letters of appreciation and RSVP responses are all services of courtesy. The specific acts will vary from culture to culture, but the purpose is always the same; to acknowledge others and affirm their worth. The service of courtesy is sorely needed in our increasingly computerized and depersonalized society.

    More Evidence Of Safety Due To Gun Control… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/more-evidence-of-safety-due-to-gun-control/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/more-evidence-of-safety-due-to-gun-control/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2007 04:07:41 +0000 ArrowJ Firearms http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/more-evidence-of-safety-due-to-gun-control/ Yet another story of gun death in England, and just days after “armed police” were sent to deal with the situation. “Removing” guns from a society does NOT stop gun violence. Why is this hard?

    Cigar Review: Java Toro… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/cigar-review-java-toro/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/cigar-review-java-toro/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2007 22:03:36 +0000 ArrowJ Cigars Ratings http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/17/cigar-review-java-toro/ Cigar Ratings

    Drew Estate creates Java cigars, but they are distributed by Rocky Patel. Having enjoyed a few of Patel’s fine cigars I’m not sure why he would choose to be associated with this particular stick.

    Appearance/Construction–10: To say this cigar is box pressed is an understatement. My stick was all but a perfect square with almost 90 angles on two sides. The wrapper was fairly smooth and consistent.

    Smoking Characteristics–20: Lots of smoke and an easy draw were nice. Burn was uneven and the ash was a messy almost dark gray.

    Flavor–15: I’m just not sure why you want to add flavor to a premium cigar. Perhaps those that are into flavored cigars would enjoy it. As to coffee or anything else, I was unable to detect it due to the sickeningly sweet flavor.

    Overall Impression–20: Not a bad looking cigar at all, and plenty of easy drawing smoke, but the poor burn and overly sweet flavor prohibited me from even finishing the cigar.

    Final Score–65: Don’t Waste Your Money

    Note: Cigar ratings are largely subjective. In addition, an otherwise good line will occasionally slip a bad stick. Finally a cigar that is not properly stored before and after sale can create problems with an otherwise good cigar.

    The Cigar Aficionado Rating System:
    Appearance/Construction: Up To 15 points
    Smoking Characteristics: Up To 25 points
    Flavor: Up To 25 points
    Overall impression: Up To 35 points

    95-100 - Classic
    90- 94 - Outstanding
    80-89 - Very Good To Excellent
    70-79 - Average To Good Commercial Quality
    Below 70 - Don’t Waste Your Money

    Chris Camp, The Whip Guy… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/chris-camp-the-whip-guy/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/chris-camp-the-whip-guy/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2007 03:48:17 +0000 ArrowJ Family http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/chris-camp-the-whip-guy/ Chris Camp, The Whip Guy

    I saw Chris Camp, The Whip Guy perform at my son’s Cub Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet. Very entertaining show, especially for the kids. The guy holds world records in whip cracking, and has been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Who would have thought you could make a living cracking a whip…well, what man would have thought you could…

    Lists: Torri Suedmeyer’s Top Five: Political Shows “For Those Who Aren’t Kool-Aid Drinking Liberals”… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/lists-torri-suedmeyers-top-five-political-shows-for-those-who-arent-kool-aid-drinking-liberals/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/lists-torri-suedmeyers-top-five-political-shows-for-those-who-arent-kool-aid-drinking-liberals/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2007 03:34:24 +0000 ArrowJ Lists http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/lists-torri-suedmeyers-top-five-political-shows-for-those-who-arent-kool-aid-drinking-liberals/
  • The O’Reilly Factor (Fox New Channel)
  • The Glenn Beck Show (CNN Headline News)
  • Your World with Neil Cavuto (Fox News Channel)
  • The Big Story with John Gibson (Fox News Channel)
  • Lou Dobbs Tonight (CNN)
  • Many Thanks To Torri Suedmeyer For This List
    Cigar Smoke Bothering You? Call The Police… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/cigar-smoke-bothering-you-call-the-police/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/cigar-smoke-bothering-you-call-the-police/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2007 23:34:53 +0000 ArrowJ Cigars http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/16/cigar-smoke-bothering-you-call-the-police/ An article found on Cigar Aficionado’s website tells of freshman Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) solution for his offense over senior congressman Tom Tancredo’s (R-CO) cigar smoke–call the police of course! I think I may have to come up with a Smoking Police image to help highlight these insane stories. As the story says, I suppose Representative Ellison should feel at ease with such an action after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Planet of Mars) banned smoking in the Speaker’s Lobby last month.

    Celebration Of Discipline, Chapter Eight… http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/15/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-eight/ http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/15/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-eight/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2007 17:28:34 +0000 ArrowJ Theology Literature Celebration of Discipline http://www.highcaliberguns.com/2007/02/15/celebration-of-discipline-chapter-eight/ Taken from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Chapter Eight — “The Discipline of Submission”

    …What freedom corresponds to submission? It is the ability to lay down the terrible burden of always needing to get our own way. The obsession to demand that things go the way we want them to go is one of the greatest bondages in human society today. People will spend weeks, months, even years in a perpetual stew because some little thing did not go as they wished. They will fuss and fume. They will get mad about it. They will act as if their very life hangs on the issue. They may even get an ulcer over it.

    In submission we are at last free to value other people. Their dreams and plans become important to us. We have entered into a new, wonderful, glorious freedom–the freedom to give up our own rights for the good of others. For the first time we can love people unconditionally. We have given up the right to demand that they return our love. No longer do we feel that we have to be treated in a certain way. We rejoice in their successes. We feel genuine sorrow in their failures. It is of little consequence that our plans are frustrated if their plans succeed. We discover that it is far better to serve our neighbor than to have our own way.

    Make me a captive, Lord.
    And then I shall be free;
    Force me to render up my sword,
    And I shall conquerer be.
    I sink in life’s alarms
    When by myself I stand;
    Imprison me within Thine arms,
    And strong shall be my hand.
    –George Matheson