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Finishing Strong

The Final Mile Was the Fastest
The Final Mile Was the Fastest

At Saturday’s Run Among the Lakes 5k, there was an unexpected surprise.

One of the sponsors, First Baptist Church of Windermere had a booth with free Barnie’s Coffee.

After the 5k race and a Chick-fil-a (another sponsor) breakfast biscuit, I visited the booth for a cup.

That’s where the book, Finishing Strong, caught my attention.

Finishing strong.

What a metaphor for running a 5k.

What a metaphor for life.

The back cover stated, “One man in ten will finish strong. You can be that man.”

One in ten? That’s it? How can it be such a low number?

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Always Try To Make It Better

Always Click The Top Link
Always Click The Top Link

No matter which of the five blogs you are on, always click on the Blogroll’s top link to go directly to the next blog. No more confusion. Gonna leave this reminder here for awhile. Scroll past this for today’s post.

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Letters To God, The Movie


Ever stumble upon something exciting, cool, meaningful?

How does that make you feel? Does it feel like a gift? It might. It really depends on the whole picture.

But what if you can’t see the whole picture? Then what? Does that mean what happened wasn’t meaningful?

On a routine Delta flight yesterday, I met Kim Dawson. We both said, “You look familiar.”

Turns out we attend the same Mass at the same church. Turns out we’re both headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Me, to give a speech that may help change the world.

Kim, to watch a movie that may help change the world.

And one more thing, Kim is the Producer of the movie.

His movie debuts nationwide in two days. He said, “Would you like to come watch it tonight?”

So I wrote a “letter to God”:

“Dear God, thank you for placing this opportunity in front of me. Life on the road is challenging enough, but without proper rest, it becomes even more challenging. May I please do this later?”

My letter to God pales in comparison to the young, cancer-stricken boy who writes Letters to God and the Mailman who has to figure out what to do with them.

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Matthew 6:5-18
5) And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6) But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7) And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their man words. 8) Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9) Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11) Give us this day our daily bread; 12) And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; 13) And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. 14) For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; 15) but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 16) And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17) But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18) that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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Little Crosses

When driving through Frankenmuth, Michigan, I’m

always intrigued with the many simple little crosses

I see in the front yards of the homes we pass by.

Those crosses are a statement of support for the

Frankenmuth’s Christian foundation.

Two years ago an atheist living there complained

about two crosses on a bridge in town. He

requested that they be removed, and so the town

removed them.

Then he decided that since he was so successful

with that, the city shield should also be changed

since it had on it, along with other symbols, a

heart with a cross inside signifying the city’s

Lutheran beginnings.

At that point, the residents decided they had had

enough. Hundreds of residents made their

opinions known by placing small crosses in their

front yards.

Seeing this quiet but powerful statement from

the community, the man removed his complaint.

Those simple crosses remain in those front yards

today.