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Be “Sine Cera” (Sincere)
Sincere.
The word comes from a Latin word “sine cera” meaning “without wax”.  In the original Greek it means “sun-tested”.
In Bible times merchants sold very fine porcelain that was greatly valued and therefore very expensive.  Sometimes when it was fired in the kiln, tiny cracks would appear. Dishonest merchants would smear pearly white wax over these cracks, which would pass for unblemished porcelain – unless it was held up to the light of the sun.  Honest merchants marked their wares “sine cera” – “without wax”.
That is a picture of genuine sincerity.
No sham, no hypocrisy, no hidden cracks to be covered over.
Be Sine Cera.
Be on the inside, what you are on the outside, be real, be truthful, and be honest.
People will respect you for that, even if they differ with you.
Remember Today: BE SINCERE!

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If there were a list of all the stuff you want, want to do, or dream of, how long would that list be?
Would it begin with something you have already achieved?
Would it end with “die with a smile on my face?”
Where would this list take you?  To the ends of the Earth, or to the deepest reaches of a man’s soul where courage and introspect reside?
When I look at the men and women who have accomplished great feats and have seen
magnificent things, I wonder what makes them different than me?
They are in better shape, no doubt…well, not exactly.
They have money; you must to have money to realize dreams, right?  No.
Then it has to be someone who has no desire to have a family or live the American dream, right?  Not in the least.
The difference between one like me and those merry souls who have seen the dark and lived to tell the light is a pen, a calendar, and a map.
They just do it.  They plan it.  They make it happen.  They put it on paper and take the necessary steps to achieve it.
So you want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro…then put it on the calendar!  You want to meet the Dalai Lama?  Then put the pieces together to do it.  You want to hike across the border of Pakistan and Iraq, you may be insane.
The only difference between those whose life we desire and those who lead lives of quiet desperation is ACTION.
I suspect it all comes back to desire.  Do we desire adventure more than we desire other things, such as comfort and convenience?  I can give you comfort and convenience, just stop by Best Buy and hit the Lazy boy showroom on the way home.  I have convenience. I can access the Internet from my blue ray player.  The reality is desire must exist.  It is the single most important trait a man can have.  First, a desire for the one True and Living God.  Second a desire for others.  Last, the desire to improve himself to the honor and glory of God.
What could you do with a pen, a calendar, and a map?
What will you do?

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