Our Brother “Beacon”, The Fort Region
Within F3 a leader is called the Q, which we define as a leader who takes responsibility for the Outcome in the Groups of which he is a Member.
A few thoughts/themes emerged from this morning’s boot camp.
1. Life is full of tough decisions. Not life or death decisions, but still tough choices have to be made. When faced with these, we can either retreat and let life do whatever it’s going to do or we can lean in, give our best and get through it. I’ve found that, for me, doing the hard things often result in a sense of accomplishment, gives us the mettle to deal with the next difficult situation (it’s around the corner!) and often turns out not to be as bad as we’d built it up to be in our minds.
2. We can’t take things for granted. There are plenty of people, including friends of mine, that would love the opportunity to get outside and exercise or just have the choice to do what they want. Their current circumstances simply do not allow it. One of the guys this morning is a physical therapist and he shared a story about a recent in-home visit with a double amputee patient, who is also blind. I’m willing to bet she’d give anything to be able to get up, walk around and enjoy life. Simple things, we tend to take for granted.
3. Along the not taking things for granted line…we were able to go to our warm homes, take a hot shower, put on dry clothes and go about our day. Some people don’t have a choice they are out in this mess indefinitely. Remember these folks, now and always. Appreciate what you have. Appreciate where you are in life. This makes some of those “tough choices” seem mundane.
Life isn’t always 72 and sunny. Some days it’s 38, pouring rain and comes with a 10-15MPH wind. Lean in and give it your best shot.
Live today. Don’t wait for tomorrow.
If you’re fortunate enough not to be going through something absolutely terrible, have and feel gratitude for what you have and where you are . There are millions of people in this world that would trade places with you in a heartbeat.
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PREPAREDNESS: Getting ready for the expected while being ready for the unexpected. (F5).
—Talent Is Never Enough
HOW ARE YOU FILLING UP THE PAGES OF YOUR LIFE?
Practicing responsibility will do great things for you. It will strengthen your talent, advance your skills, and increase your opportunities. It will improve your quality of life during the day and help you to sleep better at night. But it will also improve the lives of the people around you.
If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then realize that you are its author. Every day you have the chance to write a new page in that story. I want to encourage you to fill those pages with responsibility to others and yourself. If you do, in the end you will not be disappointed.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me
At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.
A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.
Frogs Always Get You in the End
Once upon a time, upon a lily-pad in the middle of a sparkling pond, there lived a large, green frog.
One hot summer’s day, a princess set sail across the pond. As she glided past the lily-pad, the frog raised his head and called to her.
“Kiss me,” said the frog, “upon my forehead, and I will turn into a handsome prince.”
“Not likely,” replied the princess, wrinkling her nose, “I rule my own kingdom, I lead my own armies into battle, I make my own laws. I need no prince, handsome or otherwise. What else do you have to offer?”
“Kiss me,” said the frog, “upon my forehead, and I will grant you great fortunes.”
“I think not,” snorted the princess. “I maintain a balanced budget with good economic growth and sensible interest rates. Your great riches will devalue my currency, send inflation soaring and cripple our exchange rates. Is that the best you have to offer?”
“Kiss me,” said the frog, “upon my forehead, and I will grant you dazzling beauty.”
“How very flattering,” sneered the princess. “I may be plain but beauty does not last. Personality counts.”
“What do you want then?” demanded the frog, used to altogether more old-fashioned princesses.
The princess thought hard, and leaned close.
“I want to be happy,” she whispered, and kissed the frog upon his forehead.
“You refused love, riches, beauty, and yet you want happiness from kissing a frog! This isn’t a fairy tale you know,” laughed the frog, diving clean into the clear, blue pond.