Jan 06 2012

Last day of Christmas.

It's the last day of a long journey.  Today is called Epiphany, it’s the end of a long mysterious journey from the Magi/Wise men, the first Gentiles to meet Jesus. 

If Hollywood got a hold of the journey of the wise men, they would probably have lots of mishaps along the way.  Maybe their camel would break down, they might get lost in the desert.  And then the big payoff at the end, the Happily Every After Moment, would be sitting at the feet of Jesus.  If they would have known the hardship…would they still have embarked on the journey? 

Maybe you too can relate to one of those in your life.  Maybe you had an end in 2011…end of a relationship…loss of a loved one…and now you’re embarking on a new adventure…that you’re not quite sure what the end will look like. 

Saw this poem today called An Epiphany Blessing that might encourage you in your journey.

For Those Who Have Far to Travel

An Epiphany Blessing ~~Jan L. Richardson

If you could see the journey whole

you might never undertake it;

might never dare the first step

that propels you from the place

you have known

toward the place you know not.

Life is an adventure with all kinds of mishaps along the way… I’m so glad that we don’t know what’s next…because if we did, we might never take the first step. 

If someone had told me on my wedding day, that I’d end up raising 3 kids on my own, I wouldn’t have taken that step, and I would have missed out.

Your Happily Ever After Hollywood Moment…when you live through your mishaps with God on your side, isn’t at the end of aisle at a church, but in Heaven, where he promises ”One day…he will wipe every tear away from your eyes.”

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Jan 06 2012

Hero or Bully

Your words have such power.  You can be a hero or a bully with your words.

Maybe you remember someone calling you a name at school…it hurt…and you never forget it.  You still tell that story.

Maybe you also remember when a teacher or a parent…told you how smart you are…and what you were good at….planted a seed in your life…and now it’s your career.

Saw this new book is out written by the head of Compassion International, Wes Stafford.  You might remember Compassion…they do all the child sponsorships and the Water of Life project. 

The book tells stories of doctors, soldiers, international leaders, sports heroes, politicians whose lives were impacted by words or actions that either built them up or tore them down.

Whether you are a parent or not, you can have an impact with your words to a child. 

As a reminder, Stafford wears a Mickey Mouse watch as a constant reminder to look for moments to positively impact a child's life through just a smile, wave, word of encouragement or prayer. 

Heard from this mom today, who was thankful for the words of a teacher in her son’s life.  He had learning disabilities his whole life, one day he came home from school in the 5th grade and told his mom he got to read the part of Thomas Jefferson, and his teacher told him one day he could be the President.  Now he’s a senior, graduating with an academic scholarship. 

A Teacher's Impact on a Child

Maybe you have a person that forever changed you with just a word.  Would love to hear about it…

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