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WARRIOR: yes you are!

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For the last 3 months of 2019, in align with Trinity’s ‘Finish Strong’ theme, I attempted to set aside lunch on Tuesdays to pray, meditate, read, listen to music, etc.. It  did not happen every Tuesday but I did it more often than not. During this time, I would always read part of the book, “Warrior of the Light” by Paulo Coehlo. It was gift given to me by a patient. A most excellent gift I might add (thanks Toshiko). The book has been rich and guided some thoughts I would like to share as we enter 2020.

Before I share from the book, let me start off with a quote that I believe speaks to the heart of the book. whoami2Marianne Williamson stated, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.  There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  You see, if you do not know or if you just need to be reminded, we are all “warriors of the light.”

What is a warrior of the light? According to Coehlo, ‘a warrior of the light values a child’s eyes…they are capable of understanding the miracle of life, of fighting to the last for something…they believe in and of hearing the bells (even when no one else can)…”

Who is a warrior of the light? Coehlo goes on to explain, “Everyone is capable of these things. And, though no one thinks of themselves as a Warrior of the Light, we all are.”

As I read each Tuesday, I took notes of what actions constitute being a warrior of the light. I have listed them below as I came across them.

Grateful * Knows what matters * Learns * Observes * Remains relational * Challenges * Perseveres * Seeks * Prays * Has a choice * Encourages * Never loses hope * Meditates * Not give into discouragement * Has call to help not condemn * Never in a hurry * Does not accept everything * Practices art of forgiveness * Committed * Believes * Makes decisions * Surrenders to the miracle of the every-day *Pays attention to the small things * Remains steadfast even if faith wanes * Knows no man is an island * Rests * Laughs * Loves because without, they are nothing * Reliable * Is child-like * Only fights if absolutely necessary * Surrenders guilt & pride * Knows the power of words * Keeps promises * Knows when to celebrate * Fights the good fight  * Gives freely * Tries to enjoy the small moments * Adapts * Takes responsibility * Sees beauty * Learns to live with contradictions * Does not abandon the path *

I highlighted 4 of my favorite. Let me tell you why.

(1)  Has a choice: I get to choose my attitude everyday; I can not control other’s actions or words but I can choose my response. A mentor once told me: “Everyday you wake up, the enemy has a plan and God has plan; who’s plan are you going to follow?” I want to choose wisely the path on which I walk knowing at times I may choose wrongly.

(2)  Surrenders to the miracle of the everyday: I miss out on the simple things of life b/c I am so often focused on the bigger goal. My heart is to capture the small miracles – a big snowflake, a glimmer in my wife’s eyes, a smile on my child’s face, the feeling of crisp air in the morning, the beauty of sunset – all the moments that if not careful, I can take for granted and not even realize that each is a miracle; a gift from God.

(3)  Fights the good fight: I realize some days will be hard but I will choose to endure. Two words that have been on my mind for some time: intentional & consistent; these two words keep me committed to the good fight.

(4)  Does not abandon the path: This path is not meant to be journeyed alone. There is too much at stake. I fully realize that my actions have consequences that will last much longer than I am alive. To stay on the path; I can never do it alone. I must surround myself with like-minded company that: guards, challenges & encourages.

Warrior; yes you are! My friends, whether you realize it or not – YOU ARE A WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT. As you enter 2020, the question that lies before you is this: Will you choose to be what you are already destined to be?

Running into 2020 like…

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Running into 2020 like… dare I say it – BA!

After Burpee like BA  was over, many people asked what was our next adventure. Our answer was nothing! However, that did not last very long. Aksel decided to sign up for Lincoln Half-marathon, so of course, I did too. But instead of just running, we decided to do 10 burpees at the beginning, every mile and at the end so 150 total. Then with our spouse and friends, we went after a 10-mile Spartan event. Along with these same crazy friends, we kept running over the summer on the trails and signed up for the Lincoln Halfsy. So, needless to say, we stayed active after the burpee event. But how did this specific idea happen. Well, one day while running (late Summer/early Fall) 2019, I had the thought, “I wonder if could run all the Lincoln trails? How many miles would that be?” So I looked it up when I got home and found out it was approx.. 78 miles. I thought in my head, “I can do that all in one day.” BA runI told Aksel about it and he said he also thought about running all the Lincoln trails. So, the plan was hatched to do that. We would name it RUN like BA to play off the burpee event. Then we told Sean, a friend who is much more sensible than Aksel and I. He said, “Well that is great. Here is the deal though; doing 45 hours of burpee is pretty BA. However, if you only run an 8-9 minute mile, that is not BA and no one will run the 78 miles with you. Change the name; especially if you want the city involved.” We laughed but knew he was right. He came up with the name ‘Lincoln Trail-a-thon 2020.’ After this, I approached the GPTN (Great Plains Trail Network) to see if they would want to partner and benefit from this idea. They did! From there, we started mapping out the trails, calling people and getting people involved. And now, we have local sponsors and many people excited and ready to explore the trails. As far as we can tell, no one has ever put together a plan to walk, run or jog all the Lincoln trails. There are biking events that explore the trails system but nothing for runners. Lincoln Trail-a-thon 2020 is  a one-of-a-kind event that is geared to get individuals inspired to be healthier by exploring their city. Will you join us?

The idea: Run, jog or walk all the Lincoln trials in 2020. Approximately 78 miles of trails.

The goal: First and foremost it is to inspire individuals to be healthier by getting outdoors to enjoy what Lincoln has to offer; an amazing trail system. But even more, it is to: (1) GIVE back (2) EXPLORE new trails (3) CONQUER a common goal.

The cost: Registration is $25 per individual. Registering guarantees a t-shirt plus the money “GIVES BACK” to help GPTN maintain existing trails and create new trails. Register HERE.

The plan: Each month a different trail will be explored and conquered. Visit us on facebook to learn more. You may choose to follow this plan or rearrange it to create a plan that fits your schedule. The plan that was created tried to do two things: (1) keep the exploration to a reasonable distance (2) keep trails grouped together based on location.  Each month, a reminder of which trail(s), trail maps and tips will be posted. This will keep everyone moving in the same direction. Trails that lead out of Lincoln were not included.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

4th quarter Strong

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Sidney Howard said, “Half of knowing what you want is knowing what you’ll have to give up to get it.” And that is the problem. We are unwilling to give up something. We try but fail. We say we want to do but it is only words, not action. I had a patient say it this way in regards to increasing her stretching routine; “I have a goal but no practical plan to get there.” 4th qtrCan you relate? We say we want to be healthy, save money, read that book, talk to that person, whatever it is – we say we will do it when this or that happens or when the new year starts. Why do we wait? We should not wait. We can start now! Listen to Dr. Bo explain how in this short video.

Each month during the 4th quarter (October, November, December: see details below) – we will focus on each aspect of THRIVE and build upon them launching us into a new year but not neglecting where we are at right now. This is your 4th quarter. Finish Strong! Click here to read how you can “Own the 4th quarter.”

H2O-ctober (Proverbs, Planks & Pushups)

refuel Drink 100 ounces of water everyday. Everyone already thinks they need 64 ounces (8-8 ounce glasses) anyway so it not that much more. I know…I know! I can hear the complaints now. I do not like the taste. Ok, but do you like to be live b/c water is the foundation of your body. I will have to pee so much. Guess what, that is good for your system and it helps you move more. Win-win! I can’t drink that much. Really? I bet you drink 100 ounces of something during your day anyway. Drink water – it gives fuel to your body!

refocus – 31 days = 31 Proverbs. It’s simple: on Oct. 1, read Proverbs 1 and so forth. Read Proverbs – it gives wisdom to the mind & spirit!

reenergize – Planks: 100 minutes during the month (approx. 3 min/day). Watch this short instructional video  on proper form and variations. For the purpose of this challenge, focus on the low or high plank but try the others for “fun” if you like. Pushups: 1000 during the month. (approx. 32/day). Watch this short video  for proper form and variations. Do not be afraid to modify if needed.  Plank & Pushups – it gives strength to the body!

MOVEmber (Reduce, Refuse & Reuse)

refuelReduce sugar! We all seem to know the effects of too much sugar on minds, bodies and spirits but during the holiday season, we seem to forget and cheer is not the only thing that abounds. For a quick overview of the effects  of excess sugar – click hereThe challenge: reduce your sugar consumption to 1x/week. To make it simple, I am speaking of cakes, pies, candies, cookies, pop, sugary drinks, ice cream, candy corn, etc…(you know the obvious things that wreak havoc on our body). Here is a thought: why do you think you need extra sugar; aren’t you sweet enough already?!?

refocus Refuse to give in to negative thinking. Your thoughts and words have the power of life or death (remember that from Proverbs last month!!!) What you think about matters. If fuels how you speak, act and treat others. The point is not just try to think & be more positive but rather it is learning to be thankful. “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Yep, Proverbs again!)  The challenge: each day take a moment to find something to be thankful for. It can be as  “little” as being able to get out of bed or having a bed at all or as “big” as getting cancer-free news. The point: find something you can be thankful for – write it down in a journal – then focus on how being thankful can change your attitude and atmosphere. At the end of 30 days, you may be amazed at all the things you became aware of that you have to be thankful for.

reenergizeReuse those muscles that may be stagnate. MOVE more! The weather is cooler. The leaves are changing. It is a beautiful time of year. Play or yard work; it doesn’t matter – get outside and do something! The challenge: walk, run or jog 30 miles. Nothing fancy about this one except it creates better health for you and your family which is about as fancy as you can get

DICEmber: (Reset, Refresh, Roll)

refuel: Reset yourself. Add 1 tablespoon/day (5x/week) of coconut oil to your diet. Eat it by the spoonful, add it to a shake or cook with it. It doesn’t matter ow you reset yourself but do it so you can reap the benefits of adding this superfood to your diet.

refocus: Refresh your mind each day. I do not mean take a shower or nap (although both help) but intentionally disengage for a moment. Let me explain. The holiday season – this month specifically – can be stressful & crazy busy. We run from this party to that event and never rest our minds, bodies or spirits. We do it for fun, for obligation and everything in between. If we want to be & stay healthy, we must refresh our mind each & every day. This month we will set aside 90 minutes. (3 minutes/day). During these 3 minutes, the goal: ‘be still & know.’ It is to quiet yourself, to get out of the hustle & bustle of the season so you can maintain the thankfulness you learned last month. If you need something to focus on, choose one aspect of Christmas that brings you joy/makes you smile. After 3 minutes, get up refreshed & focused for your day!

reenergize: Roll with it! During the holiday season, between being cold outside and our changing schedules, life can become a little crazy & sedentary. Do not let happen and roll with it. What does that mean? It means that we are going to use DICE to get us moving this month.

Here is the workout: You will need two dice (different colors preferable).

1st dice = exercise performed. (1 = squats, 2 = pushups, 3 = mountain climbers, 4 = jumping jacks, 5 = crunches, 6 = burpees). Note: you can substitute other exercises if you prefer. I may add pullups a few times to give variety. The point: have fun while being active!

2nd dice = number of that exercise multiplied by 5.

Example 1: 1st dice – I roll a 3 (mountain climbers). 2nd dice – I roll a 5 (multiply by 5). This means I would do 25 mountain climbers.

Example 2: 1st dice – I roll a 6 (burpees). 2nd dice – I roll a 3 (multiply by 5). This means I would do 15 burpees.

Length of workout – 3x/week for 20 minutes (keep rolling dice over and over for this length of time).

One last note: in order to finish strong (or start well for that matter), we must be intentional & consistent with ourselves and others.  Learn why it matters by clicking here.

Have fun – Be healthy – Yes you can!!

Rare or Well-Done???

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I want to be RARE.  I want to press on toward the goal…I want to run and not grow weary…

RAREHowever, what happens? I forget the goal & grow weary. Instead of rare, I become WELL-DONE: weary, encouragement-less, lack motivation, lack joy, decision-less, off-key, negative and envious. How do I get so far off from where I am to where I know I should be?

Do not grow weary in doing good?!? I read those words and thought, how do you (I) do that? How do you not get tired, fatigued and frustrated? Is it possible with all that life throws at us?

Well, those words can be found in Galatians 6:9. You see, “rather than Paul telling us not to feel tired, Paul was encouraging us to persist in doing what was good and not allow our weariness with poor results to change our course. It is easy to grow weary when we are not seeing results or when others question whether the results are worth the efforts. At other times, discouragement comes from seeing the gap between where I know I should be and the reality of where I am.” (RARE Leadership) Can you relate? I sure can!!!

How do we bridge that gap? How do we stay the course? It can be found in the acronym R.A.R.E

R remain relational. We are not meant to journey alone or be isolated. We are meant for community.

Aact like yourself. In order to do this, you must know who you are – not who people think you are or want you to be but you (the real you).

Rreturn to joy. We can not be joyful all the time; however, the key is how fast we are reminded of “our happy place.” Joy = strength.

Eendure hardships well. In life, hardships of varying degrees is certain. How we handle those hardships matter more than we may realize for ourselves & others.

I want (scratch that)…I WILL: I will press onward – I will stay the course – I will run & not grow weary – I will choose to be RARE!

High five from BA

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goalnlifeIt has been just under a week since our 45+ hour burpee trek. It was hard. It was rewarding. It was worth it. Now that I have had time to reflect and appreciate what was accomplished; I stand amazed at the effort, encouragement and support of so many that helped bless and strengthen our community. Truly thankful!

Five things I learned from Burpee like BA:

1. One person may have the idea or dream but it takes a team of people with unique-and-equally important giftings to make it happen. No one can do it alone. We were never created to do that! (Ecc. 4:9-12)

2. There are many who say it is impossible. There are a few who say you can. Listen to the few! (Philip. 4:13)

3. There will be moments when you want to quit. Don’t! (Heb. 12:11)

4. Set a goal. Go for it. However, do not forget about the life that surrounds you every moment of every day while you pursue that goal. If you achieve your goal but your life falters, what was the point anyway? Know what truly matters! (Mark 8:36)

5. Have a steady mind & thankful heart. Give it all you got & never-ever underestimate the power of prayer. You can do it! (Is. 26:3)

Until our next BA adventure…keep your eyes clear and your heart full.

A.O.K.

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A few months back, I heard a sermon about kindness. Let me share two points that made an impact on me: (1) kindness leads to repentance and (2) being an ambassador of kindness (A.O.K.)

Let’s briefly discuss both of them.

(1) Kindness leads to repentance. This concept is found in Romans 2:4, “…that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.” I wonder how many people actually bekindknow this or better yet, believe it? I think many people feel like this instead: they screw up (whatever that means for them) – God gets mad at them – they ask for forgiveness and then hit the repeat button for years. To me, that is a cyclic issue of not having the right perception of a kind, loving Father. Instead of growing closer to God and more mature in the understanding of who He is and who you are – you actually become stagnate, never satisfied with how you relate to God leading to frustration instead of repentance. And what is repentance – it is a turning away; a change/renewal in mindset. God’s kindness renews, refreshes and releases us into the very call that God has on our lives. How much more then should we be kind to one another?

One other thought about this – how do our actions influence our children? Do they lead to frustration or repentance? Is our kindness evident? Click here to learn why it matters.

(2) Being an A.O.K. An ambassador is defined as: a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity. 2 Cor. 5:20 reads, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us…” Catch that – we are Christ’s ambassador thus God makes His appeal through us to people around us. Our attitude, language, actions, etc… matter greatly! We are to be promoters of kindness and that kindness that works in and through us will be God himself making an appeal for repentance. How crazy is that? Our kindness or lack thereof can influence someone toward or away from God? So next time you think you can not be an A.O.K., remember the words of Dalai Lama, “Be kind whenever possible; it is always possible!”

YET-I

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Four letters but a big impact! The words ‘yet-i’ immediately makes me think of ‘Yeti.’ Did you know that Yeti is another name or abominable snowman? How did I not but that makes me smile and like the brand that much more. I found this on the YETI website “We’re so glad that we weren’t the only ones looking for a YETI. Today it is the cooler of choice for outdoor enthusiasts, pros, tailgaters, and backyard barbecue kings. And that still gets us fired up. Ultimately, life is about having a good time doing what you love. And for us, that’s being outdoors hunting whitetail, catching a tarpon on the fly, and spending time with our families and buddies. We’re wild at heart.” Ok, that is not what this blog is about – well, sort of.

Recently, I heard a sermon (really, more of a conversation) about Here comes Joy.” In the conversation, Jim shares his story. It is a story of how joy and grief can coincide. It is a story of how trust can lead to joy even in the midst of life-changing circumstances that are not fully understood. In the conversation, Jim references Habakkuk 3:17-18, “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, YET I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

choose joyLet’s make it more personal. ‘Though my sister is diagnosed with cancer, YET I will take joy.’ ‘Though I do not get that promotion and it seems I go unnoticed, YET I will rejoice in the Lord.’ ‘Though I had a miscarriage, YET I will take joy in the God of my salvation.’  ’Though a family member gossiped about me, YET I will rejoice.’ What is your ‘though ____’ and will you have the courage to add four letters to your story. Those 4 letters: Y – E – T – I are a choice we get to make every day. Is it always easy – no. Is it always necessary – yes. And for Jim & countless others, making that not easy, necessary choice has made an everlasting impact.

 

 

YET-I…

…gets me fired up.

…allows me to have a good time & do what I love.

…gives me time to spend with family and friends.

…gets me outside to be wild at heart.

As I was writing this, I stopped to treat a patient. Her shirt read,“Messy. Blessed. Life.”  Yep; that my friends is what YET-I is all about.

Daily Bread

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What is our daily bread? Is it the daily devotional  I saw on a table in the church I grew up in?  Is it a spiritual metaphor? Is it a reference to ‘the Lord’s prayer?’ Daily-BreadThe answer is yes, yes and yes. The bigger question is: why does it matter?

The ones who read my blog post – ‘Cancer Sucks – You don’t‘ – know a little about my family’s run-in with cancer. Because of that blog post, it has given people courage to share their story. Thank you for that – it is in our stories that we can have hope and confidence. Also, some have asked for an update. Here ya go: Because of other findings, my sister did not have a double mastectomy as planned. After a long month of tests, scans and the fear of the unknown, she has been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. Aggressive chemo was scheduled but has since been canceled due the wide-spread nature of the cancer. She is doing palliative care. I write those words with an aching heart knowing that without a miracle my sister’s time on this earth is limited. That being said, although my sister may be terminal, she is fully alive. I have seen a joy and hope and peace arise in my sister that is nothing short of a miracle itself. It has been placed deep within her by Christ himself. Does she and will she have rough days? Of course but her confidence is not in what is seen but unseen – the daily bread!

Recently, Jen and I attended a worship night at Crossroads Church . The theme of the night was focused around the ‘Lord’s Prayer.’ The theme song was Breakthrough . As we sang and prayed – we came to the part that read, “… give us this day our daily bread…” (Matthew 6:11). I cannot say I heard it audibly but it was clear within my mind and heart; these words – “I promised you daily bread. It is all you need.” Those words have saturated and sustained my soul for the past few weeks.

You see, since finding out the diagnosis about my sister, I was anxious for what the future held for our family. I was projecting 2, 3, or even 6 months into the future. At the worship night I referenced above, God tenderly spoke to me the truth that his promise is for daily provision – not a projection into the future. My anxiety comes when I start worrying about future events that may or may not happen. As I re-focused on ‘the daily bread’ of my life, I was able to ‘replace the what if’s‘  that cause not only anxiety but frustration. A few scriptures that came to mind: (1) Matt. 6:34, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” (2) Lam. 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning…” (3) Ex. 16:4, …the people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day…” (4) John 6:35, “…Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry…”

Of course we want more than the daily bread – it is our human nature to do so b/c we think we will not have enough or be enough. But what happened when the Israelites gathered more than they needed? It went bad – it spoiled and rotted! What happens to our mind, emotions and eventually our bodies if we continually have anxiety, worry and frustrations about future events (that may or may not happen)? Yep, you guessed it; they spoil – go bad, if you will,  and affect our health and the health of our families.

Every day has the potential to be average or awesome. Either way, can we learn to pray…give us this day our daily bread and know (really know)…enough for the day is really enough? In his sermon, ‘Deepest Prayer,‘  J. Piper puts it this way, “The Lord’s Prayer is very true to life in this sense. Life is a combination of spectacular things and simple things. In almost everyone’s life there are breathtaking things and boring things. Fantastic things and familiar things. Extraordinary things and ordinary things. Awesome things and average things. Exotic things and everyday things. That’s the way life is.”

And as I commonly like to do, I have made an acronym for DAILY.

1. D - Delight. But first you have to have the desire. “Delight yourself in the Lord…”(Ps. 37:4)

2. AAwareness. “Be on guard…” (1 Peter 5:8, 1 Cor. 16:13)

3. IIntimacy. This takes intentionality and consistency.  ”Abide in me and I in you…” (John 15:4-5)

4. L - Listen. Two ears, one mouth. “Be quick to listen…” (James 1:19)

5. YYes. This requires learning to say no. “All His promises are Yes…” (2 Cor. 1:20, Matt. 5:37)

May you never go hungry again!

Gladhatters

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From Monday Dec. 10 through Friday Dec. 21, Trinity will be ‘Gladhatters.’ We invite you to join us!  What is a Gladhatter? It is someone who will do four things: (1) Rejoice (2) Pray (3) Give (4) Wear 

Why are we doing this? Three reasons: (1) Support a local ministry (2) Encourage a specific family (3) Wearing a winter hat is fun!

Details:

A. Trinity Staff will wear winter hats every day for 2 weeks. During these 2 weeks, we will purpose to rejoice, pray & give!

B.  Patients are encouraged to wear and give winter hats.

C.  If a patient wears a winter hat to be adjusted, Dr. Bo will donate $1.00 to the Green Family.

D. If a patient gives a winter hat, Dr. Bo will donate $5.00 to the Green Family.

E. All winter hats given will be donated to the Northern Lighthouse prison ministry.

Who is the Green family? You can read their story here if you choose. The short version is this. Angie Green has been a patient of Trinity for over 10 years. Recently (Sept. 2018), Angie found out she was pregnant with their 6th child. Shortly after, she found out she had bladder cancer.  The last 2-3 months have been a roller coaster for them. gladhatterAngie and her family continue to pray, rejoice and give thanks even in the midst of a difficult journey. We want to come alongside the Green family and support them with not only our prayers but our resources. Will you join us by being a ‘Gladhatter?’ You do not have to be a Trinity patient to give a hat. Stop by our office – say hello – give a hat – be a ‘Gladhatter’ too!

Besides supporting the Green family, we also want to support a local ministry that prays, gives and rejoices with those would are coming out of prison. Let’s help cover their heads and hearts with love! You can learn more about the Northern Lighthouse here.

Thank you for helping Trinity be ‘Gladhatters!’

Strong Life

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Jennifer and I were planning on teaching a children’s class but the weather had different plans. However, the lesson for that day would have been: Strong Life. The object lesson was to stack wooden blocks with each block representing an attribute that strong lifewould make up a strong life. I was looking forward to what the kids would come up with. Nonetheless, as I sat there watching it snow, I had to wonder to myself; what do I think makes up a strong life? How many blocks would I need to stack? One…two…seven???

Here is what I came up with for myself. Guess I only need 4 blocks!

Block 1: Identity. This is the foundational block. Two questions should be asked. Click here to view them.

Block 2. Values. What I deem important? All I have to do is look at where I spend my time and that will, more often than not, tell me what I value.

Block 3: Attitude. I have a choice on how I respond to my day – this includes circumstances and people.

Block 4. Service. Do I make it all about me or do I consider others more important than myself?

Three more points about stacking blocks: (1) Do I always stack those four blocks in that order? No way! But as I have said in the past, perfection is not the key. My blocks tumble and I have to be reminded of what & how to stack. (2) Each of those blocks could have multiple sub-blocks, if you will, but those four – to me – would make a Strong Life when consistently & intentionally put in that order. (3) Each person stacks the blocks differently. Just b/c they do not do it like me does not make it wrong. I need to remember that.

And b/c you know how I like acronyms.

Sstamina. To keep stacking when it doesn’t seem to matter or when the blocks just do not seem to hold up. In the famous words of Dory, “Just keep stacking…”

Ttemperament. To let our internal reality affect the external reality and not the other way around.

R - realistic. To know that you cannot, should not or never was meant to do life alone.

O - optimistic. To see the glass not half full or empty but to rather – see the glass and the water. If it is half-full – drink it. If it is half-empty – fill it.

Nno. To learn that it is not about managing time but rather it is about managing ourselves and the ability to say no to the less important.

Ggo. To stay active in mind, body and spirit.

LIFE:  To learn the acronym for this, click here.

If wondering what verse the lesson built upon. Here ya go: Matthew 7:24-27. Have fun stacking!