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Sonia Sotomayor – Supreme Example

By now you’ve likely heard of Sonia Sotomayor.  This week, President Barrack Obama nominated her to fill the empty position in the U.S. Supreme Court (CNN announcement here).

As with any nomination, there’s always a lot of surrounding debate, sometimes from both sides, about whether or not that candidate is the right one for the job.  

In the case of Sotomayor, however, I’d like for us to temporarily put the issues of the debate aside, and recognize the significance of her story.

Sonya is of Puerto Rican descent, but was born and raised in the South Bronx under extremely humble conditions.

Yet somehow she rose above those conditions, and beat the odds of her environment.  She ended up going to Princeton University, and from there, Yale Law School.  Over her career she continued to excel, and became a judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and in 1992 was named a U.S. District Court judge by President George H.W. Bush.  She was later appointed to her current seat by President Bill Clinton.

And now, 54, she’s nominated to the prestigious, and important role as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.  She would be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, and the third woman to serve on the high court. 

Obama said of her in a White House announcement (she) “is an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice.”

But what did she say of it all? 

“I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences,”

Her path of excellence leaves a legacy of hope for those who find themselves in such humble circumstances as she once did, and is a beacon of inspiration for all those who dare to dream.

Within the fabric of the story of Sonya Sotomayor, we find the threads of evidence illustrating ones capacity to escape the natural limitations of their surroundings and inheritance, and to determine for themselves their path and destination.

Your potential is profound.  Your ability to realize it is real.

Rusty

Little Lin Hao – a survivor, hero, and example

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It is what you make of it

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Someone who decided to make a difference

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Inspirational Quotes

I’m always looking for inspiration, and I’m always inspired by looking. 

So, I’ve decided to start a post where we can collect inspirational quotes.   I try hard to use my blog to inspire and motivate others.  But the beauty of social media, such as blogging, is that it’s a two-way street.  This post is your opportunity to inspire me, and others who read it.

It’s an open forum, post whatever quotes you’d like, spiritual, motivational, whatever.  They can be yours, or they can be another’s (if so, please post who said it, if known).  Obvious rules will apply…

Let’s have fun.

Standing out from the crowd

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Emotional Supply Lines, they sustain us all

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Introducing Digestibles!

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Life is often incomprehensibly busy.  There’s usually vastly more to be done, than you’ll ever have time to do.  But regular reconnections with the gospel of Christ keep us direction-conscious, while frequent encounters with words of enlightenment and encouragement keep us energized for the course.

Therefore, with the understanding that sometimes you won’t have time to read my longer posts, but may still wish for a small dose of something spiritual, I’m creating a new series: “Digestibles”.

Think of them as tiny packets of daily goodness delivered in small, digestible chunks.  Meant to keep you motivated, energized, and pondering, with the most minimal of investments.

May the Lord bless you in your endeavors…

Rusty

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord,

For even a life
so battered and scarred by sin
can be made beautiful
if it’s he who we put our trust in.

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Rusty

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Finding your own personal sweet spot

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The Blind Painter

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Someone who decided to make a difference 2

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The 3 D’s of Exalted Living

Decisions Determine Direction.  The point is that everything matters, even the small things. They matter to God (he’s Omnicaring), and it should matter to you, because every decision you make impacts the direction of your life.

If, for instance, you’re heading on a course due north, in a perfectly straight line, and then you vary, if only by a portion of 1 degree… over time, that tiny variation of your course will equate to a monumental change in your destination.

It all happens by degrees.  Every decision matters.

In a jet, if a pilot is flying around 500 mph and drifts by only one degree, he will be miles off course in a matter of only a few minutes.

Today, life flies by us at blazing speeds.  We live in an age of unprecedented momentum and make countless decisions, most of them, almost unwittingly.  In such an environment, we cannot be too vigilant about the impact of our actions. 

Let’s consider, as an example, the following illustration of a vehicle heading due north.  Pretend the vehicle represents you and a completely righteous course of life – with your entire focus on godliness.  But notice what a dramatic change only a few recurring alterations can make in your vision.

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This is how Satan works.   He doesn’t really think he can get us to make radical changes all at once, because such an abrupt change of our vision would certainly be noticed, and we’d self-correct our course. 

Instead, he tries to get us to make slight changes in our course, changes that seem a “natural extension” of our current course, and that only slightly alter our vision.

In this way he “lulls us away into carnal security” (2 Nephi 28:21).  It’s all about change by degrees.  That’s how he works.  I call it “Spiritual Entropy” (blog post).

Every decision we make alters the direction we’re heading, so we cannot be cavalier about the decisions we make, and must be terrifically tuned to alterations in our course.

But how do you do that.  How do you know when you’re being lulled off course?  I submit that there are two primary ways we can stave off this tactic.

First, we must implement within our lives the regular recurrence of mechanisms that sharpen our vision of Godliness.  Regular scripture study, daily prayer, weekly church attendance, etc.  These simple things are those that most clearly reinforce that vision of Godliness.  The more regularly we do them, the more habitually they become a part of our lives, the more crystal clear that vision of Godliness becomes, and the starker are the events when our vision shifts beyond where it should.

That’s how we “stay in tune” (blog post). 

Secondly, we must subject ourselves to frequent course-correcting criticism.  We must regularly check ourselves, analyze our lives, look around us, at where we’re heading, at what we’re doing, and compare that with the vision of what we would have that to be.

Now of course, God expects us to live a life full of little twists and turns, that’s why he sent His Son.  But the farther we depart from the path of exalted living, the path pre-trodden by the Savior and countless others, the more difficult life becomes, and the more difficult it is to return.  So it’s far easier to hold counsel with the Lord in regular intervals, and look upon your life for areas in need of correction.  Just don’t dwell on your past unhealthily (see “beware the rear view mirror“).

So remember the 3 D’s of Exalted Living – Decisions Determine Direction. 

Rusty