Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas came to TreeHouse this week. I enjoyed learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.
Read # 1 Courage To Fly
Read #2 Courageous Sacrifice
Courage and Faith
Where does Gabby’s courage and faith come from?
Watch this video, Gabby’s faith in God drives her decision making. That kind of faith is sacrificial faith.
“…since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.”
Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is coming to TreeHouse today!
I’m enjoying learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.
Who is one of your favorite superheroes, and why? Why do we like stories about superheroes so much?
Many of us admire heroes for the sacrifices that they make for other people.
Watch this video. We admire Gabby for the sacrifices that she has made to achieve her gymnastics goals.
Gabby said, “Life is not easy you have to fight and not quit. I’m gonna fight for my dream.”
Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
in Emotional, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values
Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is coming to TreeHouse this week! I’m enjoying learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.
Courage To Fly
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose and why?
Many of us have wanted to fly.
Watch this video about Gabby learning to fly.
Shawn Johnson was the gold medal winner and the best gymnast on the planet, but within three years of winning gold she retired because of a knee injury. I don’t know about you, but when I really care about something but I can’t do it I can be very pouty.
When I was a child I loved testing out the rifle-shooting games in arcades. And though I was typically right-handed, I usually shot left-handed. When I was young shooting left-handed was probably trying something new. When I was a teen I thought shooting left-handed was me being unique. As an adult I realized that I shot left-handed because I was left-eye dominant. I saw better shooting left handed. I shot better left-handed.
We’re gonna finish this week on mysilentscream with an insightful poem by Chris Whitford.
Hope licked its salty lips
And hung close as we both kissed
The lovely hearts of the amazing people
The hearts I keep close to me
In case the hope goes right through me
The hope of TreeHouse is an amazing thing
So don’t give up hope, no, don’t give up heart
Don’t leave this love in shards
Because the hate will eat you alive
But together we can strive
And be the best we can be
They even see the best in me
Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013
in Education, Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
Do you know someone who really works hard at being someone else?
We all do.
Maybe it’s me.
Maybe it’s you.
I have been that person.
When I was in high school I sometimes felt desperate for friends. When I was included – even for a moment – I would try to blend in.
One night I had a guy tell me, “you’re like a chameleon.”
It was true.
I tried to fit in.
I would even try to talk and act like others.
The truth is, I seldom was really accepted.
Not by them.
And not by me.
I spend a lot of time with loud, laughing teenagers. I love their energy. I love their whimsy. I love their willingness to have fun.
Have you ever been in a store, library or restaurant and noticed a group of teens gathered near you who were louder than anyone else?
Maybe they were aware of how loud they were.
Maybe they were not.
I also spend a fair amount of time with “socially awkward” teens. Some are more awkward than others:
– They ask questions at inopportune times:
“Can we go to McDonalds now?”
– They uninhibitedly comment, assess and judge:
“Scott, you’re an xxxhole.”
– They uninhibitedly say what most people would not:
“I like (masturbating).”
Two teens on two Tuesdays.
They made opposite decisions.
They experienced different outcomes.
A feared gang leader sauntered into the room.
He looked nervous, but none of the teens in the room saw it.
They saw “him.”
TreeHouse is an incredibly safe place.
Suddenly, for them, it felt unsafe.
I knew the reaction.
I didn’t know him.
He was required to be there.
He stayed ten minutes and left.
I followed, hoping we could have a conversation another day.
He didn’t stop.
He didn’t speak.
I never saw him again.
Sadly, he was killed in a gang-related incident within a year.
Today some friends and I will be addressing, printing, folding, stuffing, sealing and stamping letters and envelopes. As much as we might want the letter to arrive if one of those steps gets missed the letters will not likely reach their destination.
Of course we could be sincere, earnest, dependable and determined. but…
… if the address is wrong it won’t reach the intended readers
… if the print is illegible the readers can’t read it
… if the folds are in the wrong places the letters won’t fit
… if the letters are stuffed in a haphazard way they won’t seal
… if the “seal” on the envelope doesn’t seal the letter may fall out
… if the stamp is not affixed the letter will not be delivered
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Today, at TreeHouse, is our All-Staff Fiscal Year-End Celebration. Today’s event is our annual review and celebration of what God – through people – has been doing at TreeHouse in the past fiscal year. We’ll enjoy lunch, have fun together and sing celebration songs.
Today will also be the announcement of our “Persons of Hope” award winners.
Each year, staff submit their votes for awards are given to recognize TreeHouse employees for their excellence in what they do. As our Executive Director Becky Walker explained, “we know that some go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ each and every day and we want to acknowledge those efforts!”