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Old and Cold 2018.11.01

Old and Cold

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2018.11.01

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 1 Kings 1: 1-10. Old and Cold


I can sympathize with David in today’s Bible passage. I’m old and I often feel cold in my bed, which makes me grateful for my warm wife.

I recently went to a conference in Malaysia where the temperature was a pleasant 30 degrees except in the conference hotel and my room in another hotel where the temperatures were kept at 20 degrees! Many of us had to go outside to warm up.

I could not open the windows in my hotel room because they were sealed and the thermostat was merely wall decoration, controlling no temperature at all. I had to call maintence to come to my room to disconnect the A/C. I missed my warm wife when I went to bed.


The conference I attended was the for international school heads in eastern Asia. The keynote speakers were famous within the limited world of academia. One had been knighted. We were expected to warm ourselves in the glow of their reputations and the advice they gave us.

Many of the workshops were conducted by these kings of academia but most were overseen by lesser lights, mere princes and princesses of significant schools in both our region and the powerhouses of education in the Western world.

The workshops were opportunities to glean valuable information to help develop our own schools as well as opportunites to be an Adonijah and brag about programs in our schools and imply that we ourselves should be giving workshop to enlighten others and stimulate the heat of enthusiasm in getting to know us.


My school is gaining a reputation for developing the character of our students, which I believe is the most essential part of education. My attitude at these conferences, however, shows the negative aspects of my own character, most notably pride and arrogance. And since my school is a small one, having such an attitude and trying to punch above my weight makes me insufferable on occasion.

Mercifully for others at the conference, God took away my voice for two days thanks to the cold hotel rooms worsening my cold, and I could only take notes at the workshops.


At a recent luncheon for school heads in Seoul sponsored by an organization that sponsors professional development for teachers in Korea, I found myself respectfully listened to. Part of the reason is that my school did not suffer a serious enrollment decline as most of the other schools had this year.

Another reason is that I’m the second longest serving international school principal in Korea, and the longest serving one was not at the luncheon. So the accident of Korean longevity has given me a patina of wisdom and experience missing in the others.

This puffs me up, at least for the length of a luncheon, and unjustly encourages me to warm my Adonijah hands in the glow of myself.

Mercifully, God did not abandon me to my sin because when I returned to school I had to deal with a problem of my own stupid making, letting me see myself in a much humbler and cooler light.


Application: turn to my QT sharing for a penitent view of myself and my sin.


Lord, let me warm myself with your word and not my pride. Thank you for your mercy in showing me my sins through meditating on your word

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