Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Be Nice to the Nerds (Geeks, Etc.), We Owe Them More Than You Think!

Core Thought: In a society that over inflates the value/importance of entertainment celebrities, we might want to thank the often overlooked geeks of the world for saving us!

Who watches the History Channel at 6:30 am? Maybe a pastor on vacation, who is too lazy to change the channel? At any rate, I caught this documentary on the "Einstein" letters (here's a link:http://hypertextbook.com/eworld/einstein.shtml), written immediately prior to and during World War II to President Roosevelt urging him to support the development of an atomic bomb, as he (Einstein) and other physicists felt that Hitler's Germany was already engaged in developing their own bomb.

Einstein was a pacifist, but feared what it would mean to the world if the Nazis developed an A-Bomb first...it would mean, Germany/Japan would have won the war! Everyone knows how appreciative I am of our military, but in WWII, it was the civilian physicists of the Manhattan Project that delivered the final victory...all of which can be traced to a series of letters authored by Hungarian-American physicist Leó Szilárd signed by Albert Einstein.

Hmmm...seems that once again, the ancient wisdom of the Bible still holds true (imagine that!) when it says in James 3:3-5: " When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark."

The words of these scientists changed the course of our nation; had the President not heeded their warnings of the horror of a Nazi-controlled atomic bomb, our lives now would be drastically altered! So remember to be thankful for people you might be tempted to overlook, and consider the power of your words to alter the future destinies of others!!! A final scripture to really hold onto in 2007: Ephesians 4: 29: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

I know it's hard in a world that thrives on sarcasm and putting others down, but take a moment today to actually encourage someone else. We've all got lots of power sitting in our mouths, so let's use that power to actually make things better...today!

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