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Stumbling forward.

July 31, 2016

    The day God was passing out brains, I thought he said trains and said, "Nah, they're too heavy."  So many times, I pride myself on thinking ahead and surprising people with an unexpected gift. I love to see their eyes light up and a smile cross their face. It allows me the opportunity to elevate another person and fulfill my call to be a catalyst of salt and light. I like to live with my heart open to possibilities.

        “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no

        longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. “You are the light of the world. A

        city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it

        on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men,

        that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16, NIV)

Yesterday, Tracie and I participated in a 5k run to benefit the United Way and healthier living. Afterward, we hung around to see who came in first place in their age groups. I secretly thought I might have had a chance to take the 50 and over category....well, not really, but I could hope though. Right? As we waited, I had a chance to meet a man who is such an inspiration. His name is Richard (pictured here).

I was informed Richard is 83 years old. He mentioned he'll be 84 in two months. I shook his hand and told him how honored I was to run with him. He mentioned his love of running and how lately he has struggled with aches and pains. We shared our backgrounds and we parted all the better for the encounter. It wasn't until after I received a third place medal for the 50 and over age group that it hit me. Actually, I was at home when the thought occurred to me. You doofus. You had a prime opportunity to be salt and light. You had one job to do! Annnnnd, I am captain of the 'failboat'.

    I should have found Richard and offered my medal to him as reward for toiling for 3.1 miles, in the heat, on the hilly course. His accomplishment at 83 years young was much more impressive than my third place finish as a 56 year old.

    Well, I will have more opportunities and I will commit to be more observant and available when God wants to use me to bless another person.  How about you? Are you willing to be used by God to bless people and expand the Kingdom? Sure hope so. It won't likely require you to run 3.1 mile, in the heat, on hilly courses. It will require a heart open to possibilities.

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