You Will Rise NOT to Your Expectations, But to Your Level of Preparedness — So Prepare

I wrote something when I got out of church Sunday. I went home, and I wrote something that I want to share with you. This was really known before the Greeks were around in philosophy, but it just hit me clearly that this is where we are.

In life, but especially in times of strife, you will not rise to the level of your expectations or desire.

So think this through with me. In life, we all think or expect that when things get tough, we're going to stand up, we're going to be the one. Oh, we'll do that. Oh, I would have stopped slavery. And we all expect to rise to a certain level. But it is true that in life, especially in times of strife, you're not going to rise to the level of your expectations or desire. Instead, you will fall to the level of your preparation. You're not suddenly going to become Hercules. You're going to become the person that you've prepared yourself to be.

So what have you prepared for? What have you mentally done the homework on?

It goes back to my father and one of the most important things he ever taught me. One of the things he taught me was, "Glenn, you don't want to be like me? I promise you, if you don't replace everything that I have taught you about being a father, you're going to be exactly like me." And that is true. I was very much like my father --- a good dad, just not a dad that was very present, in any way.

I started to replace that image of what it means to be a good dad with things that I could see, things that I could understand, things that I could follow in good times and bad. I prepared myself to be a better dad than my father. I had to prepare myself for it. I had to do the things other than just say, "Oh, well, I'm just going to be better than that." No, you're not. You are not going to be better than your mom or your dad. You're not, unless you've done the homework to be better.

You're not going to be the person that stands up and saves the world, unless you've prepared to be that person. You're not going to be the person that can rally everyone around the cause and lead them away from the cliff, unless you've prepared to be that person. Corrie ten Boom, Paulina in Poland that saved all of those Jews, she's the one I quote all the time. The righteous didn't suddenly become righteous, they just refused to go over the cliff with everyone else.

Well, why is that? If you look at those who saved people, those who were really, truly righteous, there was always something else.

Oskar Schindler, what was his motivation? At first, it was to make money. He had prepared himself to be a great capitalist. And to be a great capitalist and prepare himself to succeed no matter what was going on, at first, Oskar Schindler just took advantage of the cheap labor. He didn't rise to the expectations. He fell to where he was prepared. He saw an opportunity, and he took it.

Paulina, Corrie ten Boom --- their parents prepared them to be those kinds of people because they studied the Scripture, because they prayed all the time, because they used real examples. Because they actually went out and helped people, and their compassion for others was fostered. You just don't have compassion for others in this society, you learn it, you prepare for it.

We're swimming in a sea of filth. We're swimming in a sea that shows no compassion. Our video games are deadening compassion because they're not real. Nothing is real to us anymore.

Where does food believe from, gang? Food comes from the supermarket. When you go and talk to kids, especially in the cities, and you ask "where does meat come from?" They will tell you "from the store." Yes, but where does the store get it? From the meat place? What is meat? They can't tie it to a farm. They can't tie it to an animal. We're not preparing our children for anything.

You will fall to the level of your preparation. You will not rise to the level of your expectations. So prepare yourself.

Listen to this segment, beginning at mark 28:30, from The Glenn Beck Program:

Editor’s Note: The post above is based on an excerpt from The Glenn Beck Program on June 19, 2017.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere reacted to a recent Washington Post op-ed in which the author, Ron Charles, suggests that "as Confederate statues finally tumble across America, [and] television networks are marching through their catalogues looking to take down racially offensive content," perhaps the next items that should be up on the cancel-culture chopping block are "problematic books."

"Monuments celebrating racist traitors, which were erected to fabricate history and terrify black Americans, are not works of art that deserve our respect or preservation. Similarly, scenes of modern-day white comedians reenacting minstrel-show caricatures are not ironical interrogations of racism that we have to stomach any longer. But complex works of literature are large, they contain multitudes," Charles wrote.

He goes on to argue that "calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins" is but an insidious source of self-satisfaction when compared to the process of critical debate on the values and intentions of history's literary legends.

"If cancel culture has a weakness, it's that it risks short-circuiting the process of critical engagement that leads to our enlightenment," Charles wrote. "Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen."

Could cancel culture really spiral all the way down to book burning? In the clip below, Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed that this radical progressive movement is really about erasing America's history and overturning the foundation of our country. The fundamental transformation of America is happening now.

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It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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