Yesterday I sat in a chair and cheered.
I sat watching the Olympics. I cheered the Olympic skiers working the half-pipe. They were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.
Yesterday I also sat with several friends. I cheered them on. These friends are working through pain. Like the skiers they were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.
The skiers were surrounded by fans.
My friends were surrounded by friends.
Circumstances are different but the skiers and my friends have some things in common.
They can fall.
They can fail.
They’ve done it before.
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
in Music, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Steve and Marcus are two of the men in my life I admire.
Steve is my elder. He’s my former pastor. He’s devoted to the poor and “Jesus with skin on” for people worldwide.
Marcus is younger than me, but I look up to him. He’s passionate about God, compassionate for the lost and broken, and he has more faith than I have to see God’s powerful and unexpected work among us.
Both men had their hearts broken for the lost while working with teenagers. Steve worked with Timber Bay and then Church of the Open Door. Marcus has and does work for TreeHouse.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
in Relational, Reviews, Spiritual, Values
If I see a movie in a theater, I almost never pay full price. Last night was different. Last night was special. We saw the Day of the Doctor.
I started watching the BBC program Doctor Who during the 1970s. I sat with a couple of friends more than thirty years ago watching my first Doctor Who episodes.
Last night I sat with those same old friends watching another “old friend.”
The Doctor traveled in his TARDIS. He used his favorite tool the Sonic Screwdriver. He faced his adversaries the Daleks and their fearsome threat, “Ex-ter-min-ate.” And as the audience expected, The Doctor saved the day with morality, wisdom and cleverness.
Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus #51 was arguably the most intimidating player to ever play football. Other players admitted that they were flat-out frightened of him.
Besides being a ferocious and determined player, Butkus was an intelligent player. He had great vision, instincts, and effort, but he also studied game film – long before it was common – so that he knew what the opposition was likely to do on offense. At the snap of the ball, Butkus seemed to fly to wherever the play was headed. He played every game as though it were his last… 1
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.
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013
Genuine beliefs are made obvious by what people do. We always live up to our beliefs–or down to them, as the case may be.
~ Dallas Williard
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Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
While watching footage of the recent Boston Marathon, I, like you, felt shock and awe watching brave people run toward the scared and injured. I felt humbled by their bravery. Josh Groban wrote a wonderful song about being brave.
Josh Groban – Brave
Wake up, wake up, the sun cannot wait for long
Reach out, reach out before it fades away
You will find the warmth when you surrender
Smile into the fear and let it play
Today’s insightful guest post comes from our friend Angi of peepsarecool fame. Angi and her husband Aaron have a beautiful daughter Anika. I’m her proud godfather.
Hey – Angi’s work friends – pass this around. She shares my thoughts with you, please share her insights with others!
Today I put in an “old school” CD, and brought Anika to child care. It was Michael W. Smith’s Go West Young Man.
The song that I was blessed with was “Seed to Sow.” 1
I sang to Anika and then sang to myself on the way to the bus stop.