As the second term of school draws to a close, parents seek reassurance from teachers and class reports that their children are meeting the standard, hitting the target, and doing well in school. Yet the ongoing concerns persist, that these current standards are not what they used to be, that the academic standards in schools have universally dropped. Standards are important; important also for life. Read further in this article by Brad Locke.
'I don’t remember how long it took me, but I was probably 10 or 11 when I finally beat my father at ping-pong. Of course, I had to fling my body around chasing shots, while Dad was good at being in the right position. But I finally got to where I could hang with him, and sometimes beat him.
There is something special about taking down your old man. Not in the conquering sense, but in the sense that you’ve achieved a high standard. Dad was the reason I improved, the reason I was able to defeat him on occasion. He was the standard.
All sports achievements are measured by a standard. Sometimes that standard is a number, such as Hank Aaron’s 755 home runs. Sometimes the standard is the athlete himself. While Tiger Woods badly wants to surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories, his greater hope is to be in the same class as Nicklaus, and that goes way beyond a mere number. Greatness in the sports realm is greater than the sum of one’s accomplishments. It encompasses every aspect of an athlete’s career – his big wins, yes, but also the big moments, the impact on the game, personality, commercial success, crossover appeal and so much more.
Until you reach the standard you’ve set for yourself, you don’t feel like you’ve accomplished much. Standards are something that, by definition, we respect and admire. There cannot be greatness without a standard.'
Church planting and growth has been a focus for most of my ministry. I frequently lecture and speak on church planting and have been actively involved in many church plants. Under God's hand and direction, my wife, Kaye, and I planted the