An Inside Job

Robert Strand

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In a Southern California University an interesting exhibit is repeated on an annual basis for each new class of new students by the same physics professor. The scientist/ professor takes a one quart glass beaker. You've seen them in science class...it has a narrow neck and a flat bottom that is used in experiments. The fragile looking beaker is then especially treated and tempered. The demonstrator then uses it to as a hammer to drive a spike (nail) into a wooden plank. It's so well tempered it doesn't break!

Then the professor takes a small steel ball-bearing, about the size of a pea and drops it inside the beaker while holding it by the neck. When the small ball-bearing hits the bottom the glass shatters in a spectacular crash! The beaker is broken from a simple blow from the inside!

It's the Things on the Inside

This is much like real life...it's not the blows from the outside that break us...it's the little things from the inside that do the real damage! In reality, life consists in 10% of the things that happen to us on the outside but about 90% from the inside in how we react to what has happened to us.

Og Mandino who is one of the greatest motivational writers of our day wrote the following in his book, "The Greatest Salesman in the World," "I was not delivered into this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep!" Incidentally, this is a book I recommend for all teens to get a copy and read it. You will especially enjoy the conclusion!

"Do not pay attention to every word people say..." (Ecclesiastes 7:21).