Lincoln Blogs

Failure Breeds Success
January 22, 2007, 4:58 pm
Filed under: School Papers

“Failure breeds success.” The author of this proverb should be praised highly for his knowledge and wisdom.

This statement means that people can learn from past mistakes that they or others have made. If we examine past errors, we can not only prevent them from happening again, but change them to success.

Just as a writer has to review and edit his work, finding and correcting mistakes, so we should review our own actions and, like the writer, find and correct mistakes. By contrast, if the writer did not review his paper, there may be many errors in content, structure, and grammar. In the same way, our lives will be more flawed if we do not realize and learn from our errors.

Consider Abraham Lincoln. He failed many times as a politician, but, rather than give up as a result of his failures, he learned from his mistakes, and went on to become President of the United States.

Samuel Smile, Scottish author and reformer who wrote many biographies, once said, “It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.”

We, like Abraham Lincoln, should examine our failures, that we may learn from and correct them.

Thanks for the Memories
January 18, 2007, 5:17 pm
Filed under: OU

Adrian Peterson declared Monday for the NFL Draft. He leaves Oklahoma as the third leading rusher in school history with 4,045 career yards. He eclipsed 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons in a Sooner uniform, and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in his first year at OU. This is a video I made as a salute and goodbye to A.D.

Another Interesting Thought From ‘A House for My Name’
January 17, 2007, 8:11 pm
Filed under: Books, Faith

Here is another great excerpt from A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament.

After the fall, cheribum are placed at the gate of the Garden, which is on the east side (Genesis 3:24). This means the entrance to the Garden is toward the east. If you want to return to the Garden, you have to travel west, and moving east is moving away from the Garden. All through the Bible, east and west have this meaning. Cain is cast out of the land and wanders in Nob, which is east of Eden (Genesis 4:16). Lot moves east and settles near Sodom (Genesis 13:11). When Israel enters the land from Egypt, they circle around to Moab and cross the Jordan from the east. This shows that entering the land flowing with milk and honey is like returning to the Garden. Later, when Israel goes into exile, they are taken to the east, away from the land, and to return they travel west. In the New Testament, the wise men come from east to west, seeking the Garden and Jesus, the real Tree of Life (Matthew 2:1).

Practice Makes Perfect (part 2)
January 12, 2007, 4:44 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

An Interesting Analogy of Creation
January 9, 2007, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Books, Faith

This is an excerpt from A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament, an excellent book by Peter J. Leithart.

It takes God six days to build his house … During the first three days, God makes a three-story house by dividing one thing from another. On the first day, He divides light and darkness; on the second, He divides waters in heaven from waters on the earth and puts the sky or firmament in between, and on the third day, He divides the waters on the earth to make the dry land and the sea. The next three days, He fills up the three stories of His house. On the fourth day, He puts the sun, moon and stars in the sky to fill up daytime and nighttime. On the fifth day, He creates birds to fly across the sky and fish to swim in the waters. On the sixth day, He makes Adam and animals that live on land. What’s interesting is that the first three days match the second three days.Dividing
Day 1: Light/dark
Day 2:Waters above/below
Day 3:Waters/land Filling
Day 4: Sun, moon, stars

Day 5: Birds and fish
Day 6:Land animals and man

And so, at the end of the six days of creation, God has finished a “three-story” house.

Sweet and Sour
January 2, 2007, 10:03 pm
Filed under: Life, OU, Photos

My dad and I left for Glendale, Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl on Sunday and just arrived home tonight. Although the Sooners lost, we still had a great time. The day of the game we hung out at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a beautiful resort where the team was staying. Cacti (above) and palm trees were all around us, players were roaming around everywhere, and we were constantly snapping photos. Here are some good ones from the trip.

The photo above shows OU radio play-by-play man Bob Barry and me.

Q: Which one of these football players under 5′ 7″ can bench press 430 pounds?
A: Running back Jacob Gutierrez.

Here’s former Sooner J.D. Runnels, now a running back for the Chicago Bears.

Former OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops (brother of Bob), now the head coach at the University of Arizona, was also at the hotel and is pictured here with my dad and me.

Here I am with OU athletic director Joe Castiglione.

Because I have so many photos, it requires more than one post for all of them. Scroll down to see the rest.

Sweet and Sour (part 2)
January 2, 2007, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Life, OU, Photos

We stayed at the resort until the players left for the stadium. I got some great photos as they were walking to the bus. As you might expect, they had their game faces on.

Quarterback Paul Thompson

Running back Adrian Peterson

Linebacker Rufus Alexander, whom I stood behind in the security line at the airport this morning

Defensive end John Williams, who has, in my opinion, the meanest game face

Defensive back Reggie Smith

And head coach Bob Stoops

Sweet and Sour (part 3)
January 2, 2007, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Life, OU, Photos

After the team left, we followed the buses to the extremely impressive stadium (above). During pregame warm-ups, I took some more pictures of the players.

Here’s a somewhat blurry photo of Rufus Alexander (42) and Adrian Peterson, both at their last game as a Sooner.

About 45 minutes before the game started, my dad and I were just standing eating hot dogs, when along walked …

Heisman Trophy winner and former Sooner quarterback Jason White! And …

… a hungry Heisman Trophy winner, former Sooner running back Billy Sims!

This is my dad and me at the game, which was very fun. The last four minutes was the most exciting thing in my life and a joy to watch. Except when we lost. But even so, the trip was awesome. I totally had a great time in Arizona.

This is one more pic from my trip home today.