Monday, December 18, 2017

Spiritual Olympics – Olympic Christians

by Dr. Carl Selzer

Philippians 3:12-14

  1. Their mindset is to win no matter what obstacles come before them. They don’t always win every race and sometimes fail badly.
  2. They are people of courage.
  3. They enjoy what they are doing, and others know it.
  4. They sometimes have great struggles and challenges in their lives.
  5. They don’t give up.
  6. They are goal oriented.
  7. They are not victims, but overcomers. (The stumbling blocks become stepping stones.)
  8. They don’t make excuses, but try harder the next time to correct their mistake.
  9. They practice over and over. “You will never be able to…understand the deeper things of God’s Word until you learn right from wrong by practicing doing right.” Hebrews 5:14
  10. They refine their skills.
  11. They do their very best.
  12. They go forth no matter what the circumstances. (Spiritual rain and storms.)
  13. They are not distracted from their tasks. No matter what others are going around them, they are focused on the goal set before them.
  14. When they retire from the front lines, they train others to become their best.
  15. They are encouragers.
  16. They have great empathy, but show tough love.
  17. They don’t let their students give up in adversity.
  18. They are always looking for ways to improve their own skills,and help others improve upon theirs.

Dr. Carl Selzer, a consultant of Cuisenaire/Dale Seymour and President of Learning Materials, Inc., has been a very dear, supportive friend of mine for years. He has authored or co-authored over 50 math books. Belonging to many state and national councils of teachers of mathematics and educational publishers, he has earned many distinguished awards. Dr. Seltzer is a well-known speaker at local, regional, state and national conferences. I feel that homeschoolers could benefit greatly from the advice and teaching that he so graciously has agreed to give in writing a series of mathematical articles for our paper. Thank you, Carl.