…storms come in and out of our lives during our lifetime. Storms can be in the form of financial hardships, health issues, the loss of a family member, speaking in public, a big test in school, an unplanned pregnancy, or a disagreement with a close friend. The magnitude of these storms depends on the person facing them. For instance, speaking in public for someone might equate to a passing shower, but to someone else, getting in front of a podium is equal to a tornado…
… Recently, a friend of mine went through a storm. Currently, a strong, Christian woman at my children’s school is going through a storm that equals a tornado. And, should I decide to run for public office, many storms from showers to hail will hit me during the campaign. Several years ago, I was privileged to hear then Penn State Asst. Football Coach Larry Johnson, Sr., speak at a local banquet. His 14-minute speech was entitled, “Top Ten Things for the Soul.” Being a person that reads a ton and soaks up information like a sponge, I recorded his ten points into my iPhone. These same points that Coach Johnson so eloquently said to those in attendance also apply to facing and weathering storms. So, to my friend, the woman at my girls’ school, to me, and to you my faithful readers of this blog, here are those ten points. Write them down. Print them out. Use them to “get through the storms in your life” so that the sun will shine again and keep shining.
· Faith – have some sort of belief system
· Love – always show and have love for your family not matter what happens
· Work – strive to be the best in your craft or chosen profession
· Passion – believe passionately in something: passion is what moves you
· Present – deal with things today and in the present: don’t live in the past
· Humility – be humble: you will be exalted
· Be an Example – set an example: always give back to the next generation and serve others
· Gifts – you are born with special gifts that only God gave you: use those gifts (even during a storm) to help others
· Adversity – handle hardship and difficulty with grace, not blaming anyone or making excuses
· Brand – what do you stand for? What is your legacy?
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me...To me, there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day.” Coach Jim Valvano.
Believe.Act.Serve, like Jesus did.
Reedy is (getting ready)