II. Change the Strategy; thinking it out!

What’s In May?

Every war is different, and every battle requires its own strategy. There is a dynamic difference between how you face a business dinner verses conquering an ongoing challenge with exercising, or contending with a global terrorist; Yet all three are battles and they should be treated as such. If you go to your business meeting with army fatiques, you will be dressed unprofessionally. If you go to Iraq in workout gear you will be dressed inadequately. If you go to the gym to run on the treadmill wearing pumps, you will soon learn that you are dressed inappropriately.

This battle is a gentleman’s battle. It is a battle that requires you to remember the purpose in why you are going. You are going to develop an honorable people. It is a civilized battle. Not everyone is qualified and expected to be civil, but you are so you must quickly adapt to it. In this battle, unlike Iraq or the gym, it will be considered a weakness if you sweat. You do not handle difficulties by fighting or by worrying. In this battle, challenges are overcome by “thinking” differently.

There will still be some who bring the wrong uniform up against you in this battle, but that will not matter. Their dress will give them away and all you have to do is to remind yourself how to think. Your thinking will bring your opponent back to the table…civily.
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General calendar themes: Remembering the Holocaust; Appreciating soldiers; Education about enemy actions; Independence from terror; Honoring Mothers; Honoring Family

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Calendar for the Month:

May 1st- Holocaust Heroes and Martyrs Remembrance Day, International Workers Day;
May 5th- First Day Rosh Chodesh Iyar;
May 6th- Second Day Rosh Chodesh Iyar, Reserve Soldiers Appreciation Day;
May 7th- Yom HaZicharon for Israel’s Fallen Soldeirs and Victims of Enemy Actions;
May 8th- Israel’s 60th Independence Day (60th Victory Day over Nazi Germany);
May 11th- Mother’s Day (American);
May 15th- International Day of the Family;
May 23rd- Lag B’Omer;
May 31st- International No Smoking Day

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Meditational Words of the Month:

Change– to make the form, nature, content, future, course of something different from what it was;

Think– to have a certain thing as the subject of one’s thoughts

Beneficient– doing good or causing good to be done, kindly in action or purpose, conferring benefits

Resolute- determind

Apportion- to divide and assign

Proscribe- to outlaw or consider dangerous or harmful

Calendar- any various system of reckoning time

Judgment- make a decision or form an opinion

Survive- to remain alive after the death ofsomeone

Thrive- to prosper

Gates- an opening in a wall or fence for entrace or exit, a means of access

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Things to THINK about: Be Prepared for Next Month–

Summer? Fruit!
Of all the fruit, imagine wearing a joy-stone?

Psalms 1:1

Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.The ungodly [are] not so: but [are] like the chaff which the wind driveth away.Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

We are judged four times a year:

1. We are judged on the fruit we bring forth during Pentecost
2. We are judged on the works we’ve been accomplishing during Rosh Hashana
3. We are judged on how we handle loss during the winter, culminating at Pesach
4. And then we are judged by what we have left in the new year, after the Feast of Unleavened Bread

Some years we just survived judgment. That’s good considering many did not. But God wants better than that for us. He wants us to come out of judgment thriving. He wants us to come out of judgment better off; as if the final judgment (pruning) was exactly what you needed for a beneficial year.

He pruned your fruit. Last year you worked on longsuffering and it yeilded a seed of patience. This year he expects your patience to mature to a level of rest, where you don’t worry so soon, jump up so quickly, get out so easily. He wants you to have a level of patience that allows you to “see” the details; that allows you to realize why quicker wasn’t better.

He pruned your works. Last year you may have worked three talents successfully. They multiplied and now you have six talents. God has shown you how to juggle effectively, how to delegate, and how to let go when a project is no longer in your care.

He pruned your loss. Each one of us will experience losses. There is loss of life, loss of love, loss of businesses, jobs, friendships, family, children. How do you handle surrendering? Last year you finally produced a harvest that was healthy. You submitted before he had to take it away. This produced incredible faith and propelled you to put God first and to trust him even more. This year you are practicing giving more of your concerns to him in exchange for taking the concerns that he has more seriously. It’s growth.

But at the end of it all, what are you left with? How many tests did you pass and how many did you fail? This final judgment produces your annual yield, and that yield is your grade: the quality of seed you will start off with in the new year. You don’t just want to pass. There comes a time when you want more than just a pass mark. You want what is excellent. This is when you no longer worry about having fruit, but bearing as much quality fruit as possible. You no longer worry about producing work, but you want as many good works as you are capable of commanding. You no longer worry about losses, but you want to surrender more easily, with a better attitude, gladly even triumphantly understanding that in every loss there is gain!

You want more than grain that can survive. You want grain that can thrive and feed others. You want good grain because you know that good grain is pure gain!

This year, go for the grain as big as a rock! And start with your fruit.

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Commentaries of the Month: See weekly reading

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Commandment of the Month:  Do Not Commit Crimes of Passion; Do Not Murder

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Volume Reading of the Month:  The Book of Jonah

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Fruit of the Month:  Joy

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