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“Inside the rehab saving young men from their internet addiction,” The Guardian (Jun 16, 2017)

Russell Moore, “Rescuing Men From Fake Love and Fake War” (Sep 13, 2016)

“Bookend Your Day” with Routines: Summary /

Summary of Brett McKay, “Bookend Your Day: The Power of Morning and Evening Routines,” at The Art of Manliness. See also video.

Why to Have Morning and Evening Routines

  • Ensures the really important things get done. Get it done before office work and an unpredictable day.
  • Gives you time to moonlight. Don’t quit your day job yet.
  • Reduces decision fatigue. Make positive behaviors and tasks routine.
  • Keeps you grounded. Stay sane knowing will happen at the beginning and end of the day.

How to Create Morning and Evening Routines

  • Look at your most important goals. Make related behaviors or habits a part of your morning and evening routines. Suggestion: Every evening, review the day and plan for tomorrow. Every morning, review plans and goals.
  • Write it down. Make firm the what and when.
  • Adapt your routines as your life changes. Routines become all the more important with the additions of school, career, and family.
  • Get inspired by great men. Pay attention in biographies to morning and evening routines.
Kipling to Christ in Richardson’s “Lords of the Earth” /

Excerpt from Don Richardson, Lords of the Earth, Chapter 7, “The Weakling.”

One day his study uncovered evidence that Rudyard Kipling, foremost of his boyhood heroes, also drew inspiration from the Christian Scriptures, as Stanley himself was now doing. In a closing line of “If,” Kipling promised those who fulfilled his ideal of absolute, uncompromising manliness, “Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.” Stanley discovered that this expression paralleled a line from King David’s twenty-fourth psalm: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof” (Ps. 24:1).

So, Stanley reasoned, pondering the poet’s meaning afresh in the light of this newly realized background, Kipling intends us to understand that a truly ideal man will share in God’s ownership of creation — he will be, under God, a lord of the earth!

Could this be true? ¶ Stanley recalled that Christ Himself also proclaimed, in spite of Caesar’s evident sway, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5)! ¶ And was not Kipling’s ideal man also meek? Doubted by others, he makes allowance for their doubting. Lied about, he does not deal in lies. Hated, he gives no place in his own heart to hating. Talking with crowds, he still maintains virtue. Walking with kings, he does not lose the common touch. ¶ All without looking “too good” or talking “too wise”! ¶ Suddenly everything began to fall into place! Christ was the only Man in history who fulfilled Kipling’s ideal to perfection!

Stanley gazed intently at the open Bible before him. ¶ Surely Kipling must have used Christ as model for his ideal man! Still more exciting, the spirit of Christ used Kipling’s poem as a tutor for Stanley! A sort of interim Old Testament to help an otherwise uninstructed boy see his need for repentance. ¶ How many other “interim Old Testaments” might Christ have at His command throughout the world, preparing otherwise uninstructed men for encounter with Him?

Later, perusing the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Stanley found a further biblical source for Kipling’s soaring promise: “For all things are yours, whether… the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours; and you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s” (1 Cor. 3:21–23).

He saw it now — the echelon that man is meant to fit into, the echelon that rises above man into the Godhead and descends below him to galaxies and atoms. He saw also the secret of that echelon: Remain subject to everything above you, and everything below you will be subject to you!

“Lord, apart from You,” he prayed in ecstasy, “Kipling’s poem remains just that — an awesome if which no man can measure up to! But any man who is united to You can do all things through You, because You have fulfilled Kipling’s ideal and more!”

Thus did Stanley Dale find insight to complete his transition from Kipling to Christ.

“If— ” by Rudyard Kipling, 1910

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!

What do men — X-Men — do at a time like this, when the Professor has left, the Institute has closed its doors, and the same Wiles are lurking in the corner? Do they relocate? Disband? Fade away? Do they search for another professor… or for more mutants with whom they could team up?

Finally, My Brethren

The clarion call of Christlikeness is still being sounded by God’s Holy Spirit and the surround of such a great cloud of mutants that have passed before us. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Our group meetings were nothing new, and there will be men — deadened by the same human nature at birth but enlivened through Christ by the same Holy God forever — meeting moments before Eternity dawns. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. According to our Lord’s words we met together to help each other uphold a standard of purity, integrity, and moral responsibility; these Scriptures and this Standard remain. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our mission also remains: to stand against an advancing tide and further the Kingdom of God with our whole lives. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Men, do you have the End in sight? Can you see with what eager expectation all of creation groans for the sons of God to be revealed? Can you see with what unfailing love the Lord longs to save the lost through you? Can you see to what glorious freedom He will redeem you though it be through the fires of discipline, confession, and prayer? Stand therefore… He comes, and He comes quickly. He comes, always daily and always graciously, to quicken our hearts. Pray that you can honor Him by standing, and that He would provide whatever means are necessary for you, and for me, to keep us standing and serving strong. Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Men, if there is anyone in this world that has reason to stand, and if there is anyone I’ve seen that should be made worthy to receive this honor and the Honor to come, it is you. Therefore, stand.

My time in New York ended well this summer. I also had a beautiful time of ministry in China, and though I am tired, my time here at seminary is even more beautiful in spirit than I had hoped. K—— and I hope you are even better!

I want to bring some of my experience to you, and let it serve as a “benediction” for the group we knew, whatever changes may come. It is a hymn written by Basil Manly, Jr. in 1860; this hymn was written for the first graduation ceremony at the seminary and now serves as the school’s anthem. Let its first three verses serve as a charge, and let the last be my farewell — for now.

Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.

His Gospel to the lost proclaim,
Good news for all in Jesus’ name;
Let light upon the darkness break
That sinners from their death may wake.

Morning and evening sow the seed,
God’s grace the effort shall succeed.
Seed-times of tears have oft been found
With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned.

We meet to part, but part to meet
When earthly labors are complete,
To join in yet more blest employ,
In an eternal world of joy.

Thank you, men. Grace and peace to you in Jesus always. I love you and I will miss you.

C., aka Professor X