SHAKEN MEN

SHAKEN MEN

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Settled on the Lees' ...
"This is an old bibilical idiom but still used. It refers to the lees (dregs, sediments) of wine or other liquids that settle in the bottom of the containing vessel if it is not disturbed."
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To be shaken up and "lifted from the lees" is a most divine and miraculous occurance and men who experience it become men of great character and mission.
Look to the following and consider whether this is not so:
*Biblical characters: Moses. Joseph. Deborah. Ruth. David. Paul. Peter.
*Historical characters: George Washington. Frederick Douglass. Harriet Tubman. Clara Barton. Mahatma Gandhi. Nelson Mandela. Martin Luther King Jr. Abraham Lincoln. Napoleon Bonaparte. Rosa Parks.
*Motivational individuals: Tony Robbins. Norman Vincent Peale. Brene' Brown. Jim Rohn.
*Inventors: Thomas Edison. Alexander Graham Bell. Henry Ford. Wright brothers. Eli Whitney.
*Artists: Michelangelo. Vincent van Gogh. Pablo Picasso. Leonardo de Vinci. Claude Monet.
*Men of Medicine: Paul Ehrlich. Frederick Banting. Louis Pasteur. Joseph Priestley.
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An enlistment of great names associated with any arena of life supports and suggests the reality that "uncommon men" are uncommonly "shaken and taken" from the lees, unwilling to "settle on the lees," and men composed of character and curious substance.
+To be "shaken-up" is a good thing and profitable to the soul.
The experience of it removes stagnancy, dormancy, and settling from occuring.
Originality, creativity, discovery, and intelligence are the results.
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+To be in the minority is often a very healthy thing.
The experience of it supports conscience and conviction resulting in refined and defined character.
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+To be shaken is to be divided and set-apart.
The experience of separation allows for growth, concentration, heightened awareness, and depth of insight and intelligence.
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If we wish to mingle with the circle of great minds and great men,
we must willingly apply ourselves to the more difficult shake-ups, unsettlings, and distresses intended to unite us with them.
We must welcome the "shake-ups," no matter how dreadful and uncomfortable they appear and subscribe ourselves to the exhilaration, experience, and knowledge of a weightier thing to come.
It will happen eventually ... though the process takes time.
The providences of God generally do.
All who are "shaken from the lees" have no time to "settle" on them.
Shaken men shake the world ...
and shape lives.
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