Author Archive for EA Cox

24
Sep
08

SYATP

This morning as I walked into school I saw a beautiful sight: students in prayer around the flag pole at my school. I felt encouraged but I also felt challenged. If there are this many students here imagine the difference that could be made in my school. I hope that this excitement wasn’t left at the flag pole but that it begins to permeate every area of school: each hall, each room, each student. I know that God wants to do great things. And I know that He wants to use us to help Him. My prayer is that we are receptive.

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08
Sep
08

Because I’m a worrier . . .

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This passage can be found in Philippians 4. These 2 simple sentences can change my whole attitude. They remind me that God is in total control and that I can trust Him to be who I know He is. These simple words help to keep me from worrying.

24
Aug
08

Goodbye Olympics

It is safe to say that I have been obsessed with the 2008 Summer Olympics. From the Opening Ceremony I have been watching them every spare moment I have (and even some I don’t). I’ve written lesson plans to the tunes of gymnastics, cut out hall passes as USA worked its way to men’s and women’s volleyball golds (both beach and indoor), and I have finished Sudoku puzzles while men and women ran and swam faster than ever before. I love the competition and the fact that the best athletes from all over the world come together to compete. Of course there have been some less than exciting things about the games: doping, dropped batons, (potentially) underage athletes, un-sportsmanlike conduct, and China’s human rights violations. Regardless, these Olympics have been sensational. And I have loved every minute.

One thing that I will always associate with the 2008 games is preparing for my first year of teaching. In some ways teaching and the Olympics are more closely related than some might think. When I walked into a classroom full of students on the first day I had to be prepared. I had to put my best foot forward and I only had once chance to make a good first impression. My first day was good. I spent a good portion of it trying to get to know each of my students. They are why I teach. They are more important than any concept or subject. I may not win a gold medal for my first year of teaching but I hope to be satisfied at the end that I have given my all, that I have invested in every single student and that I have provided them skills they will be able to use in life. 

The Olympics have inspired me to be a better teacher. I am sad that tonight is the closing ceremony, but I have loved watching it and can’t wait for London. I also can’t wait to walk into my room tomorrow to greet my students.

16
Jul
08

Chuck Colson: A Life Redeemed

I love history and I love Jesus. And anytime those two things come together I get really excited. Those two important things crossed recently in a book: Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed, by Jonathan Aitken. Chuck Colson worked in the political arena for much of his early life and had a very important job under President Nixon. Colson was, in some ways, a stereotypical politician: do whatever needs to be done in order to keep our man in power and in order to get him re-elected. He used some strategies that are still used today in elections from state house to the office of the President. However, he managed to get himself into hot water. One of the most famous incidents is Watergate. (Side note: Watergate is the name given to the break-in of the Democratic National Headquarters just before the Presidential election. The Republicans felt that they needed an advantage in the election (which the Republican Nixon won handily). But these burglars were caught red-handed and the investigation landed in the office of the President. Ultimately Watergate led to Nixon’s resignation, the first ever by a President. Colson became known as Nixon’s “hatchet man” and both the public and the media began to crucify him.) Colson’s went to prison as a result of his actions related to Watergate, but before entering jail, he came to know Christ in a personal way. He also was supported by a small group of believers who he met with regularly and who encouraged him in his young faith. Colson’s faith grew despite multiple challenges and through his experience in prison Colson felt God’s call for him to begin a prison ministry. That ministry has grown and expanded not only in the United States, but in other countries, and ministers to the prisoners themselves and their families through the Angel Tree project.

Colson’s life is a beautiful picture of God’s love for us. Colson was a man who was far from God and when God came into Colson’s life God lavished His grace on him. God died for Colson (and for you and me) while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8); God does not ask us to change before we come to Him, He wants us just as we are. Yet God wants us to become more like Him. In Colson’s life, that meant letting go of the pride and arrogance and changing some former habits. God wants to do the same in our lives too. Colson continued to seek God in every aspect of His life and His ministry. The Bible tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37), and that is exactly what Colson has done in his life. It is something that God calls all of us to do. And something else that I think is cool: God has blessed Colson in some amazing ways. The lesson that I take from Colson’s life is this: put God first in all aspects of your life and follow His call and He will bless you. 

 




The Amalgam is a collective of various writers, photographers, artists, and random people in general. This weblog is a collection of their thoughts on faith, life, the arts, sports, and basically anything else. The views of the writers in the Amalgam do not necessarily represent the views of Concoxions Creative Ministries. But where we disagree with them, we still love them.