Highlight – Sex, Basketball, and Love

Barack Obama’s administration is dealing with three scandals while it continues to work for immigration reform and some new gun legislation.  The scandal that seems to me to be the most worthy of serious attention is the sexual assaults occurring in the military

Congress led by women senators is trying to devise a way to reduce this crime in the military.  I think I heard Senator Killabrand say that the military culture must be scrubbed of this evil. I agree with her.

Last night I had the privilege of going with Eldon, Rachel and Conrad to the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart for the Oaklawn Foundation’s 14th Annual Spring Spectaculer featuring Bill Walton, former UCLA and NBA superstar as the guest speaker. He is six feet eleven inches tall and appeared 32 days after his 37th orthopedic operation, this time a knee replacement.  

Walton  strode across the platform and talked incessantly for ninety minutes keeping the audience riveted with numerous life-time stories told with humor.  His presentation was called “Climbing Back to the Top of the Mounain One More Time” made us more aware of the mission and ministry of the faith-based mental health agency that had brought him to the Lerner Theatre.

Bill Walton’s favorite coach was John Wooden.  Over a 14 year time period as a coach, Wooden developed a 15 word “Pyramid of Success” which he used to instruct his players.  When he was 99 years old Wooden confessed that he had left the most important word out of his pyramid.  The word was “love.”   Walton said that success would not be achieved until the love of power had been given up and we had learned to rely the power of love.

That is the truth that stays with me from Walton’s 90 minutes of talking.  It brings me back to the dilemmas of our culture.  I doubt that the military will be scrubbed of its bent to assault sexually until it has been scrubbed of all its violence. 

Other societal weaknesses will not be solved till it focuses less on winning and more on success.      


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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