Giligan finds GodWritten by Greg Ryan
One day Gilligan ventures off as usual into jungle. After a few hours Skipper knows Gilligan’s absent-minded behavior, gets a little worried and goes trotting off looking for him. After a while Skipper hears Gilligan’s squeaky voice in distance yelling, “SKIPPER, SKIPPER, SKIPPER HELP!!!!” The Skipper follows his voice and finds Gilligan stuck in a quicksand pit with only his head showing above surface. As usual Gilligan has got himself in a mess that only Skipper can get him out of. The Skipper looks in disgust, yet with a feeling of no surprise and reluctances pulls Gilligan out from pit. However, not without being tempted to leave his sorry little skinny self in there. However, here is what we didn’t see. While Gilligan was yelling for Skipper to rescue him, boy thrashed around swinging his arms and reaching for anything that could get him to a more solid foundation. But, more he yells, and more he thrashes he sinks faster and further downward into pit until he is up to his neck in thick mud. He physically can’t move his body from shoulders down. So needless to say, Gilligan is forced to stop moving and consequently he stops sinking and buys more time in order for Skipper to come rescue him from quicksand pit. The moral of story is this: Each one of us has at one time or another found ourselves in a state of mind like our friend Gilligan. We struggle in quicksands of life’s experiences We get lost from God, bound by Satan’s lies and we cry out for help. “Oh God, please help me with this situation. We don’t hear from God on in our time frame so we think God is not hearing us. So what do we do then? We yell louder, we thrash around more by complaining, getting angry with others and we grow impatient with God. We might even take on attitude, “I’ll figure out a way to get out of this on my own, thank you very much.” All while we keep sinking down, down and down. Then, when everything has surrounded us and we have a chokehold of life around our necks we find ourselves having a feeling of being paralyzed, weighted down with life’s burdens and feelings of hopelessness.
Jesus wants A Few Good MenWritten by Greg Ryan
(Courtroom scene) Tom Cruise (Kaffee) (prosecuting attorney) “I WANT THE TRUTH!”
Jack Nicholson (Col. Jessup) (marine cornel) YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH ….Son, we live a world that has walls and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have more responsibility here than you could possibly fathom. You curse marines. You have that luxury. You have that luxury of not knowing what I know. And that my existence as grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. I know down deep in places you don’t want to talk about, you don’t want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like HONOR, CODE, and LOYALTY. We use these words as very backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither time nor inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under blanket of very freedom I provide. I prefer you to just say thank you and go on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand to post. Either way, I don’t give a crap what you think you are entitled to!” (end of scene)
You will not be able to find more honorable, loyal and mentally strong people on this earth than a United States Marine. Their very COR values of why they exist stands on a firm foundation of; Honor, Loyalty and Strength. If you want anyone on your side and on top of that wall it would be a Marine. No matter what mission it’s marines that are first ones in and last ones to leave. If you happen to ask any marine why they do what they do? All of them would say, “It’s not about politics, pride, or pillage.” They would say, “It’s about man standing beside me every day in battle. They are ones I do it for.”
Years ago we lived in a world with fewer choices, not as many worries and words spoken with more encouragement and meaning behind them. And with that came Honor in what we had, Truth in words we used and Loyalty to ones we loved. Today we live in a world full of businesses, stress of unbearable proportions, and words sugar coated in order to please everyone including “Barney” dog. Today we live in a world where pride in our values, love for our creator, and words of love for others are all but spoken behind closed doors.