The Daily Message:
As I reflect on the “Shootout at the OK Corral” which happened on this day in 1881, I’m reminded that sometimes it’s best to just avoid bad situations. In a parenting class I attended this Grandmother lamented to the teacher of the class that she was dreading going to a particular family function because another family member was going to be there and they may possibly get into an “altercation.” So the teacher told her that if she could not learn to manage her emotions and her temper and could not avoid getting into it with this family member, then she should avoid the party altogether. In an Alcoholics Anonymous class I attended a long time ago, one of the members talked about how early in their quest for sobriety, they avoided places where alcohol would be served and avoided people that drank so they could overcome their addiction. They ended up just not liking how people acted when they were drunk. This is such a good lesson on why learning self control, how you communicate and what your triggers are is such an important thing to learn. While sometimes we can’t avoid all bad situations, it’s best not to put yourself in a position that might be bad for you. Knowing yourself is the first step in assessing whether a pending situation will end up bad. Hence the reason why I don’t go to bars or stay out after midnight unless I’m in safe company. This is why in the words of a dear friend of mine you shouldn’t make decisions based on emotion. Now just think what would have happened had the Clanton-McLaury gang never showed up in Tombstone that day?
This Day in History
On this day in 1881, the shootout at the OK Corral ensued between the Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday and the Clanton-Mclaury Gang in Tombstone, Arizona. History.com provides a synopsis of the events. Movies such as Tombstone and Wyatt Earp commemorate the event.
On October 26, 1985, Whitney Houston gets her first #1 hit with the song Saving all My Love for You. After decades of #1 hits, she would be found unconscious in her room at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Feb. 11, 2012. Get her The Greatest Hits
which includes this song.
In 2001, George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act, An anti-terrorism law drawn up in response to the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Today’s Scripture Reading –
1 Thus, condemnation will never come to those who are in Christ Jesus,
2 because the law of the Spirit which gives life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.
3 What the Law could not do because of the weakness of human nature, God did, sending his own Son in the same human nature as any sinner to be a sacrifice for sin, and condemning sin in that human nature.
4 This was so that the Law’s requirements might be fully satisfied in us as we direct our lives not by our natural inclinations but by the Spirit.
5 Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human nature desires; those who live in the Spirit have their minds on spiritual things.
6 And human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the Spirit looks forward to life and peace,
7 because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it does not submit to God’s Law, and indeed it cannot,
8 and those who live by their natural inclinations can never be pleasing to God.
9 You, however, live not by your natural inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
10 But when Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin but the spirit is alive because you have been justified;
11 and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead has made his home in you, then he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
If you are in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) you will be familiar with the daily reflection. These lessons apply to everyone since everyone has an addiction of some kind whether it’s clearly visible like alcohol, drugs, food, or sex OR if it’s intangible or unseen such as rage, anger, depression etc. This is the daily reflection for October 26, 2013
A.A.’s HEARTBEAT Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; . . . AS BILL SEES IT, p. 125 Without unity I would be unable to recover in A.A. on a daily basis. By practicing unity within my group, with other A.A. members and at all levels of this great Fellowship, I receive a pronounced feeling of knowing that I am a part of a miracle that was divinely inspired. The ability of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, working together and passing it on to other members, tells me that to give it away is to keep it. Unity is oneness and yet the whole Fellowship is for all of us. From the book Daily Reflections
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