What is the first word you think of when you look at these beauties? The first word that comes to my mind is "Classic". Now I don't know the background or the origin of the converse all-stars but I'm almost positive they have been around for a long time now. So these shoes have what we in Nevada call "staying power", which means they have the ability to stay up to date for a long time and never fade away. And that is exactly what these fly shoe's are doing. No matter how many years they have been here they have always stayed in style! In the movie I-Robot what shoe is it that Will Smith rocks? Yes, the all-stars! That movie is based on a time in the distant future and they are still cool even when we have robots taking over the world! So the question is, will these shoe's be able to endure to the end? Will they stay in style? Will you buy a pair because you read this? Will they still be awesome even with all these new shoes coming out? Will they be able to stand up against the ever popular Lebron James shoes? The answer to all of these questions is: of course they will!! They are to cool not to be able to stay forever. They will let their light shine on for as long as we live, whether robots are messing up the world as we know it or not, they will shine (similar to a light house but in a more metaphoric way).
Now the real question is, do we have "staying power"? But in a different way, not the ability to stay in style, or the ability to stay cool for as long as possible but in a different way. The way that I am speaking of is spiritually. Do we have the ability to endure to the end spiritually? So what does it mean to endure to the end spiritually? Well, I'm glad you asked. Enduring to the end means remaining faithful to the commandments and promises we make with God in trying to live a Christ like life. Enduring to the end sounds easy enough right? However, Satan is out there trying to make us fall off the path that our Heavenly Father has set for us. We will face challenges in our lives (different from what the shoes will face) and if we hold to what we know is right in our lives and follow the teachings of the prophets, modern and ancient, we will be able to endure to the end. If we endure to the end and remain faithful to our Lord above we can have eternal happiness and live with our Heavenly Father once again! And if you are searching for a way to learn more about enduring or prophets or Christ, then I encourage you to ask me questions or visit mormon.org, it is a great website full of information. "Enduring to the end, or remaining faithful to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout our life, is a fundamental requirement for salvation in the kingdom of God...Therefore, enduring to the end is not just a matter of passively tolerating life's difficult circumstances or "hanging in there." Ours is an active religion, helping God's children along the strait and narrow path to develop their full potential during this life and return to Him one day...Enduring to the end is a process filling every minute of our life, every hour, every day, from sunrise to sunrise. It is accomplished through personal discipline following the commandments of God."--Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Have We Not Reason to Rejoice?", Ensign, Nov 2007,.Pages 18–21
Isn't the world just awesome indeed! We look around and we see God's finger prints everywhere. We are defiantly seeing it in Lewistown Montana right now because of all the rain we have received and now it is beautiful and green. What do you love about the world? Bear Grylls loves spiders, astronauts love the whole world (but they have a better view anyway). So what do you love? Do you love oceans, mountains, family, sports? Whatever it might be it came to us from Jesus Christ under Gods direction and that is what I love about the world. I love that God and Jesus Christ made this Earth for us to live on, they gave it to us to inhabit. What a great gift, so take a minute and look around at the awesomeness we have around us and tell me what you think. God is love.
Is Muhammad Ali humble? Well, for anyone that has every heard him or seen him box the answer is probably no. But what is being humble? Is it declining that your great at something when someone asks you "how good are you"? It could be but I think humility takes on many different forms. As we know athletes struggle with being humble all the time. I hear that LeBron James hasn't been very humble in the playoffs this year but i don't know I don't get to watch him.From what we have seen with Mr. Ali here, is some great boxing but less than humble speech. Some of his quotes are my favorite, like
"I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own." or as we all have seen "I am the greatest". Sometimes we may feel that way but we defiantly don't need to go around honking our own horn. I'm not trying to put down Mr. Ali I'm just saying he isn't the best example of humility.
However, there is at least one athlete that showed get humility while preforming and in my opinion is the greatest running back of all-time! He was an animal on the grid iron and they called him "Sweetness". Whenever he scored a touchdown he didn't spike the ball or do the funky chicken, he just simple handed the ball to the ref or set the ball down and ran off the field. In other words he acted like he had been there before. Probably one of the best examples in sports this world has ever seen. I know there are many athletes and other famous people that are humble but I chose Walter Payton because he had a lot of reasons to be cocky or full of himself about and he chose not to be.
I can't find who said it in the April 2011 General Conference but someone said "Humility isn't thinking less of yourself, it's thinking less about yourself". And who was it in history that set the perfect example of being humble? Oh that's right.... Jesus Christ. Think of all the things he could have been less then humble about, he was the literal Son of God, he healed the sick, he had the same power and authority of his Father in Heaven, he was resurrected from the dead after 3 days. But was he full of himself? No, he showed us how to live our lives, he taught us through example how to be humble servants of God. He was the only perfect man on the earth and he even had to humble himself to return to live with his Father. If he, being one greater than us was humble don't we too need to humble ourselves before God? The answer is yes no matter who you are it is yes. I know I'm not perfect, I have a long way to go before I'm as humble as God wants me to be but i am trying as we all should be. Follow Christ's example and humble yourself to God's will.