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Springfield Today June 5, 2018

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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

I love the story of Dr. George Danzig. Have you heard of him? Maybe you’ve even heard his story.

Dr. George Danzig taught for many years at Stanford University and is one of the world’s leading mathematicians. But he

tells a story that thrust him into mathematical prominence. I love telling his story. I especially love telling his story on the day we

have recognized our high school graduates.

He told how when he was senior at Stanford it was during tough economic times, and they all knew it was going to be tough

to find a job after college. Word got out that there was a slim chance that the top person in the graduating class might get a teaching

job offer at Stanford. He said he wasn’t at the head of his class, but hoped that if he were able to score a perfect score on the final

exam he might be given a job.

These are his word, he said, “I studied so hard for that exam [stayed up late night after night, went without sleep, so much so]

that I ended up coming in late to class on the day of the exam.

When I arrived, the others were already hard at work. I was embarrassed and just picked up my paper and slunk to my desk. I

sat down and worked the eight problems on the test paper and then started in on the two that were written on the board. Try as I might,

I couldn’t solve either one of them. I was devastated; out of ten problems, I had missed two for sure. But just as I was about to hand in

the paper I took a chance and asked the Professor if I might have a couple of days to work on the two I had missed. I was surprised

when he agreed, and I rushed home and plunged into the equations with a vengeance. I spent hours and hours and finally solved one of

them. I never could get the other one. And when I turned in that paper, I knew I had lost all chance of a job. That was the blackest day

of my life.”

“The next morning I was awakened by a pounding on the door. It was my professor, all dressed up and very excited, yelling,

‘George, George, you did it! You did it!’ he kept shouting, ‘You’ve made mathematics history!’

Well, I didn’t know what he was talking about. I went downstairs and let him in and he explained. I had come to class late

and had missed what he had told the class before the test. He had been encouraging the class to keep trying, and not to give up if they

found some of the problems difficult. ‘Don’t put yourself down,’ he said, ‘Remember, there are classic unsolvable math problems that

no one can solve, even Einstein was unable to unlock their secrets.’ Then he wrote two unsolvable math problems on the blackboard

that Einstein could not solve.

When I came in I didn’t know they were unsolvable. I thought they were part of the exam, and I was determined that I could

work them properly. And I solved one! It was published in the International Journal of Higher Mathematics and my professor gave me

a job as his assistant. I’ve been at Stanford 43 years now.”

Then Dr. Danzig when telling his story asked a piercing question, he said, “I’m just going to ask you one question. If I had

come to class on time, do you think I would have solved that problem? I don’t. Because I would have believed, along with all the

others in that classroom that day, that those two problems were unsolvable.”

I love that story…

Not because it illustrates that we can do anything we put our minds to; not because it teaches we just need the right attitude,

or if we just work hard enough – we can accomplish anything. I don’t love that story because it teaches us we can do it, if we just put

our mind to it.

I love it because it shows us what faith mixed with tenacity should look like. It shows us what faith on steroids should look

like. Now George Danzig had faith in himself, but I want us to realize what can happen when we have that kind of faith in Jesus

Christ. When we have an undying faith in the God of the universe, who has told us in His word, “For nothing is impossible with

God.” (Luke 1:37 NIV)  And when we have that kind of faith and mix it with tenacity – we will discover an amazing, life changing,

relationship-transforming combination.

Our faith is not in faith.

Our faith is not in prayer.

Our faith is in the One we have put our faith in and Who we pray to. Our faith in Him is so strong that we obey Him even

when we don’t understand the why.

Now that’s tenacious faith.

What are you facing where you need tenacious faith? Remember faith is a gift from God, so go to your Father and receive

His gift.

What You Need to Know….

Continue praying for our teens as they left for their “Mystery Trip.” Pray for safe travels, that they will

draw closer to God and to each other.

Neighborhood Connection Volunteer Sign-Up – How can you help make this year’s event successful?

Volunteers are needed to set up, bake goodies, bake whole cakes, and work the event.

Volunteers are also needed on TOMORROW  at noon to walk the neighborhood and pass out the flyers.

Stephanie Bolt is organizing a team “Amy’s Prayer Circle” for the ALS walk on Saturday, June 16th. Talk to Stephanie

or register at http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=12992

2018 Vacation Bible School For all kids 4 years old – 6th grade

Sunday through Thursday, July 15-19 from 6:15-8:30pm

Who can you invite?

Springfield Goju-Ryu

Karate Do Kyokai

Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Sensei Kim Barrington: 217-891-6242

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