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I went to – was invited to – the Brat Breakfast – actually sat at a table!  I do not know who paid what sum for me to go to this event but I am grateful to be there.  It was great to hear Cong. Brat and see some old friends from politics.  I especially was glad to hear the wonderful comments Cong. Jim Jordan made.  It affected me in a way that he might not have intended when he wrote or said the words.

I was impressed by the wrestling prowess of Jim Jordan.  He was a four time state champion wrestler and was an NCAA champ at the University of Wisconsin.  I sat there wondering:  How did Jordan get past the recruiting eye of the legendary Dan Gable?  But I was not able to say that to him.

I also wrestled too.  My record is eminently forgettable.  My junior varsity record was something like 1-9 and the one “win” was not really a win but I was there and the Ansbach 98 pound JV wrestler was not.  I got pinned in every other match but one that I lost on points 15-1, maybe 15-2.  Jordan’s record was 150-1 varsity wins in high school.

Cong. Jordan said something that I was deeply affected by:  His school had a poster up in the gym that said:

Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it. 

His coach spoke of discipline every day.  Jordan’s coach, Ron McCunn, sounded a lot like my wrestling coach – Coach Sellers.  Sellers turned out to be (I found out later) a strong Christian who lived it in his life – he did not have to say it in words.  I’d think McCunn was a man of faith, too.  I expect when I see in Heaven Coach Sellers, he’ll be talking with Ron McCunn.

I just want Cong. Jordan to know that the discipline thing really spoke to me today.  I need to adopt that – Paul talked about how he made his body a slave so he might not be disqualified for the prize – the prize of heaven with Jesus.  Paul wrote of running the race to win.  We need to run to win.  (For info on how to start the race with Jesus, go here!)  Give up the sin that so easily besets us and the weight that holds up back (see Hebrews 12:1)

I am thankful that there are men and women like Cong. Jordan in DC.  It encouraged me a bit.  I am hopeful and cautiously optimistic that Dr. Brat is like that, too.  I say it like that because there must be tough pressures to go along to get along and help you or your district etc.  But my guess is that Cong. Jordan won’t break under the pressure and I do not think Dr. Brat will either.  Thanks, Cong. Jordan for that lesson on discipline today.  I’ll try to take it to heart hitherto.  I just wish I could have said it in person.  This open letter will have to do.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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