Sports History By Dr.David Davis

 "If the creek don't rise!"

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One of the great historic shrines in our country is the Alamo. But you don't have to be a Texan to be proud of what happened there. 

In 1836, the Mexican General Santa Ana, led 4,000 troops against the Alamo. The Alamo was defended by 200 Texans. Although they were outnumbered 20-to-1 -- the Texans held out for 13 days. In the end, not a man in the Alamo remained alive. 

A couple of years ago -- an oil-rich Sheik tried to buy the Alamo. It seemed he wanted to give it to his son for a wedding present. The Sheik was informed that the Alamo was not for sale - not for any price. 

You know - some things should not be for sale. In fact - every one of us should have something that is not for sale. Like -- integrity, character, and honesty. 

When I was growing up -- there used to be an expression - "If the creek don't rise." That was a mild type of commitment. 

The past couple of weeks -- there has been enough rain to fill our creeks. 

But the phrase "If the creek don't rise" was related more to the commitments we were willing to make in life. 

In other words -- I'll do a certain thing "If the creek don't rise." 

I found out early in life not to count on people who are not willing to make a more meaningful commitment than this. 

For creeks do rise -- you can count on it! 

In order for life to be meaningful -- we are to honor our commitments. 

The Texans at the Alamo made a life commitment. They took their stand despite the odds and the outcome. They were willing to stand together regardless of what the creek did. 

The above words are certainly applicable to all adults who have been on our journey for a long time. 

You can't buy integrity, character, and honesty. Those three words can be greatly tested when we are facing a rising creek. In the end -- it is commitment that will either win out or be compromised. And above all - our integrity, character, and honesty should never have a price tag!

Old friend Robert says, "Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you."




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