Countdown to Glory - 24 days

 With 24 days until The Predicament turns 39, we thought we'd start a countdown of sorts. The goal? Take each day's readings and find a way to apply one of the passages to the life of Lino Rulli. And then, we have something VERY special waiting for Lino on October 26...and no, it won't require a restraining order. Yes, we would have done a 39-day countdown since he'll turn 39, but we're not paid for this, and as such, we show signs of laziness now and then, much to our amusement Lino's annoyance. Enjoy!

Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5

The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said:
Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morning
and shown the dawn its place
For taking hold of the ends of the earth,
till the wicked are shaken from its surface?
The earth is changed as is clay by the seal,
and dyed as though it were a garment;
But from the wicked the light is withheld,
and the arm of pride is shattered.
Have you entered into the sources of the sea,
or walked about in the depths of the abyss?
Have the gates of death been shown to you,
or have you seen the gates of darkness?
Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all:
Which is the way to the dwelling place of light,
and where is the abode of darkness,
That you may take them to their boundaries
and set them on their homeward paths?
You know, because you were born before them,
and the number of your years is great!
Then Job answered the LORD and said:
Behold, I am of little account; what can I answer you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
Though I have spoken once, I will not do so again;
though twice, I will do so no more.

God asks Job if he was around for the creation. Asks him if he had ever walked in the depths of the abyss.

I think this would be a verse to keep in mind each time I think to criticize Lino on the show. That's not to say that Lino is above criticism, as we've had our differences in the past. But before thinking, "Oh that's terrible, I can't believe they'd do that on the radio!" maybe I should stop and put myself in Lino's shoes. I'm sure he could say something similar to me: "Where were you when we were putting today's show together? Have you done your part by showing up to staff meetings? Do you talk for three hours a day worrying about whether or not people will enjoy it?"

So when Lino does something ridiculous that you might not agree with, it's ok to criticize. Just make sure you put yourself in his shoes first.

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