Jan 24 2012

Trading your dream in for God's cause....

Sometimes it's not by choice...sometimes that dream is stolen form you.  Thinking about Gabby Giffords today.  She was shot in the head...learning to walk and talk again, and just had to resign from Congress to heal...but vows she will return.

Reading a book about htis by Matthew Barnett called "The Cause Within You"....He said, "Getting back up again is not only good for you but for a world that desperately needs the comeback story within you."

You do not have to be famous to make a difference.

Saw this story about a young man who was a high school baseball star....he joined the Marines out of school....was sent to Afghanistan....where a roadside bomb took his legs.

He didn't know if he would even survive let alone walk, run or play ball again.

But, on a recent Saturday afternoon...he played ball.  Along with a bunch of other amputees in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Teams.  They travel the country and raise money for charities...

All of the infielders are missing at least one of thier legs...one outfielder is missing a hand and the rightfielder plays without his entire left arm and shoulder.  At the end of the game he challenges his two armed opponents to a push up contest...He always wins!

You think your too messed up for God to use you...NO way!  It's the messed up people that make the most difference.

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Jan 23 2012

Returning Stronger

We all have setbacks.  You can let it ruin you, or you can take the time you need to heal, and then come back stronger and healthier.  

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) announced in a video message that she is stepping down from Congress this week.

Such bravery.  

She said, "A lot has happened over this past year...we cannot change that...thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona...I will step down this week. I'm getting better. My spirit is high.  I WILL RETURN."

That was my favorite part when she said, “I Will Return”.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve made a lot of mistakes, had some loss…I wallowed for a while, but eventually I got back up.  I think that’s the key…get back up, keep going.  Maybe you’ve come back from addiction, a broken relationship, loss of a loved one…  Gabby lost the ability to walk and talk, and forever changed her…she may be resigning, but she’s not giving up on life, vowing “I will Return.”

This life we live is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

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