first_imgThe word and concept of loyalty covers a wide range of essentials to a successful living. These essentials include faithfulness, obedience, patriotism, and commitment. We are therefore introducing a series that will explore, a little bit, the concept of loyalty in light of its multifaceted meanings and understandings as a way of encouraging loyalty of the right kind. The premise is that loyalty is a powerful means of correcting some of the many societal and personal ills and for building our lives and character on a solid foundation. What then is loyalty and how can our understanding and practicing of what it entails improve our lives? Why is there so much disloyalty in our society? How can we cultivate the habit of loyalty to the right causes? Let us examine below.This introductory article will zero in on providing a clear understanding of what loyalty is and entails. The second article will focus on what loyalty is not (disloyalty) and how one can replace it with loyalty. In the third article particular attention will be paid to how one can cultivate and maintain the good habit of loyalty. The thrust of the fourth article will be on much harm loyalty to the wrong persons and causes can cause the society the individual. And the fifth and final article will consider the benefits of loyalty.To be loyal means to be faithful to a person, institution, nation or a cause for as long as it takes and is required. It is the act of giving oneself totally in terms of time, energy, obedience, resources, and best thoughts to a cause or person. Loyalty is the giving of total support to a person or a cause. It is the act of keeping a promise come what may. It means being committed to the core. Loyalty means loving, defending, and promoting what one believes in (a person or a cause). To be loyal is to be true to a person or cause at all times and under all circumstances.Loyalty is a quality that is very much appreciated and sought after. Institutions and individuals seek royal friends and followers. Most religions require and even demand loyalty from their followers. Businesses and companies desperately seek loyal employees and are willing to pay huge benefits to get and keep them. Religious and learning institutions thrive on loyal and dedicated workers and overseers.Even the Devil, his agents and dictators demand and survive on loyalty. They need a core of dedicated and loyal followers to succeed and hold onto power. Criminals and treacherous people need loyal support to succeed in achieving their selfish goals and in cheating and hurting other people. The corrupt and unfeeling people need loyal collaborators to succeed in their unethical plans and activities. In short, loyalty is a key requirement for success in most endeavors of life, good or bad, just and unjust, righteous and unrighteous. Loyalty of some kind is therefore needed for achieving goals in life.The above definitions of loyalty and its potentials for achieving various goals and purposes in life imply that loyalty can be given to the wrong person or cause, and to persons and causes that advance the greater good of the whole of society. For Christians ultimate and primary loyalty is to be given to God the Almighty at all times, in all places and by all generations. It is from God that all other kinds and forms of loyalty find meaning and their right place.Christians believe and the Bible teaches that God’s will is best for all individuals, society and the world. His will is for the total wellbeing, peace and true happiness of all of his creatures. He is concerned and requires fairness, justice, obedience to what promotes the common good and peace of all.The problem with mankind is the lack of loyalty to this Ground Being of all beings and the Source of all goodness. Most believers are not loyal to what they profess. A lot of people fail or do by far less than their potentials permit due to lack of loyalty in pursuing what they believe. This may be done out of ignorance or out of willful laziness. Many others work hard, are fully loyal but to the wrong causes and persons. They end up hurting others and ultimately themselves. The answer is loyalty to God, the causes of justice, truthfulness, seeking the peace and welfare of others, and refusing evil in its myriad forms.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pettitte in pinstripes once again

first_imgAfter three seasons with his hometown Houston Astros, Pettitte is back with the New York Yankees, his hair a little shorter and some hints of gray starting to show. New York’s starting rotation has been unsteady since Pettitte and Roger Clemens departed after the 2003 World Series, shifting like sand in the wind, and the Yankees haven’t won any pennants since the pair bolted the Bronx to play for Houston. Pettitte seemed to be right back at home in the Legends Field, his gear stored in its old stall, just to the left of the television in the clubhouse. His family is never far from his mind, and as he started to speak with reporters Wednesday, his cell phone rang with the special tone he assigned to wife Laura, the lyrics “I’m so in love with you” from Lonestar’s “Amazed.” “You know what I told her?” he said after saying he’d call back. “It was so funny, `Like, man, before I get to the ballpark, I got to get rid of that ringtone.”‘ Later, when another call came in, it rang with the theme from “Rocky.” And then he arrived in Tampa on Tuesday night. The feeling was eerie. “Me and my wife just looked at each other. It’s like, `Man, it seems like we never left. It’s all the same as it was,”‘ he said. “That’s my fight song,” he said. A smile on his face, Pettitte is starting spring training on a happy note. His elbow feels fine and he’s returning to the team he helped win four World Series titles and six AL pennants – he even got a house in Westchester, just 1 miles from his old one. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman remembered the conversation he had with Pettitte the day the two-time All-Star decided to sign with the Astros. “You never know, you might come back this way again,” Cashman said then. With the Yankees telling Bernie Williams he doesn’t fit on their roster, Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada are the last links to the glory days. Alex Rodriguez, Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi are nouveau riche for many Yankees fans, baseball nomads who put on the pinstripes in search of rings. The guys who won the titles are the most beloved. “What we did was special. I don’t know if it will ever be done again,” Pettitte said in that soft, twangy voice. “Obviously, we hope we can.” The Boston Red Sox offi Around the horn cially added outfielder J.D. Drew to their roster on Wednesday after left-handed pitcher Lenny DiNardo was claimed on waivers by the Oakland Athletics. The club announced the $70 million deal with Drew on Jan. 26, seven weeks after preliminary agreement was reached. The deal had to be reviewed by Major League Baseball and the team needed an open slot on its 40-man roster for Drew. After the preliminary deal was reached Dec. 5, lawyers fashioned an arrangement that would allow Boston to opt out of the guaranteed money for 2010 and 2011 if Drew’s right shoulder injury recurs. The shoulder was operated on in September 2005. A sign of the times is finally sprouting at Wrigley Field: Advertising will appear among the ivy on the outfield walls. Doors in right field and left field will sport the logo for Under Armour, a sports apparel manufacturer. The outfield signs represent a change for the storied ballpark. “The Cubs are committed to finding alternative and creative revenue streams,” team marketing and sales director Jay Blunk said in a statement. Free agent right-hander Steve Trachsel finalized a $3.1 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, filling a void in the starting rotation left by the Kris Benson’s injury. The 36-year-old Trachsel went 15-8 with a 4.97 ERA with the New York Mets in 2006. He reached an agreement with the Orioles on Monday, when the team learned Benson would be lost for at least several months with a torn rotator cuff. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Andy Pettitte was at home in Texas, packing all his clothes to be shipped to spring training. “The closet in here is empty,” he remembered thinking. “That’s when it really hit me.” last_img