This October 10th is Lois’ ninth anniversary of her breast cancer surgery. So happy to have been able to spend these years cancer free. She has been a true hero to her three daughters and me. Here we are kidding around as I show my support during chemo therapy and one of her walks. I have to admit I still have my hair beneath that hat.
Lois used her cancer by being willing to share with others, not wanting the experience to be wasted. Although my perspective is different, I was able to do the same with several friends and acquaintances who faced cancer with their spouses as well. For some it does not go as easily without a faith that provides support and perspective.
God is Great.
“The right combination of words can produce almost God-like results. If you are in the dark, they can illuminate your path clearly. If you are blind, they can help you see.”
– Jim Rohn
The Power of the Other – Webcast – PART II
The Power of the Other Webcast focuses on getting more out of your personal and professional lives by understanding the powerful effect other people have on the trajectory of your lives.
Part II of this Webcast consist of Dr. Henry Cloud teaching from “The Power of the Other” and special guest Ginger Hardage, former Senior Vice President of Culture at Southwest Airlines. Building on Part I which covered the four types of connections, this session will center on the fuel required to grow real connections.
Please join us on Tuesday evening, June 1st from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Anyone who follows Dr. Henry Cloud and his bible based work will want to attend.
Lately I have been disoriented both in direction and orientation in life. Whether caused by several recent challenges or a result of the over exposure provided by our everyday life and culture.
To focus myself I realized I had to discipline myself and get back to my morning routine of reading and meditating on these readings. This morning I chose to do so with The Maxwell Daily Reader by John Maxwell and My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Each had exactly the right answer for me as I struggled.
Maxwell’s Daily Reader had a meditation from his book, Developing the Leaders Around You, which challenged me to choose a leadership model. John as always did so by asking questions. Here are the six to ask yourself as well.
Does my model’s life deserve a following?
Does my model’s life have a following?
What is the main strength that influence others to follow my model?
Does my model produce other leaders?
Is my model’s strength reproducible in my life?
If my model’s strength is reproducible in my life, what steps must I take to develop and demonstrate that strength?
Oswald Chambers used Abram’s story (Gen 13) of choice when he allowed Lot to take his choice of lands for himself as they went their separate directions. Abram relied on the Lord taking care of him rather than taking his rightful first choice himself. This choice replaced the Good (in man’s eye’s) for the Best (following and walking with God).
What choices do you have to make?
What questions do you have to ask yourself?
Who are you relying on as you make your choices?
I believe that we learn by practice.
Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing,
or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.
In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts
– physical or intellectual –
from which comes shape of achievement,
a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit.
One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God.
Practice means to perform, over and over again
in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire.
– Martha Graham
March 20, 2016
“Scarcity is the deep belief that no matter how much we have, it is not enough. It tells us to not care about anyone but ourselves and it is the prevailing American creed.”
– Walter Brueggemann
From Sermon: “Questions Jesus Asks: How Many Loaves Do You Have?” by Pastor Chris Pedersen, Cedar Hill CRC , Sunday March 6, 2016
As part of today’s sermon our pastor shared this story of faith. It is a reminder that there is faith and there is FAITH.
A Lesson in Faith – The Charles Blondin Story
— Author unknown
The amazing story of Charles Blondin, a famous French tightrope walker, is a wonderful illustration of what true faith is.
Blondin’s greatest fame came on September 14, 1860, when he became the first person to cross a tightrope stretched 1,100 feet (over a quarter of a mile) across the mighty Niagara Falls. People from both Canada and America came from miles away to see this great feat.
He walked across, 160 feet above the falls, several times… each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!
A large crowd gathered and the buzz of excitement ran along both sides of the river bank. The crowd “Oohed and Aahed!” as Blondin carefully walked across – one dangerous step after another – pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.
Then a one point, he asked for the participation of a volunteer. Upon reaching the other side, the crowd’s applause was louder than the roar of the falls!
Blondin suddenly stopped and addressed his audience: “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”
The crowd enthusiastically yelled, “Yes! You are the greatest tightrope walker in the world. We believe!”
“Okay,” said Blondin, “Who wants to get into the wheelbarrow.”
As far as the Blondin story goes, no one did at the time!
This unique story illustrates a real life picture of what faith actually is. The crowd watched these daring feats. They said they believed. But… their actions proved they truly did not believe.
Similarly, it is one thing for us to say we believe in God. However, it’s true faith when we believe God and put our faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Note: In August of 1859, Blondin’s manager, Harry Colcord, did ride on Blondin’s back across the Falls.
How deep is your faith?
November 28, 2013