“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” ~Helen Keller As a child, I remember reading a book about Helen Keller. If anyone knew first hand about overcoming, she was certainly one of them! Left deaf and blind after illness at age 19 months, it was years before Helen discovered the power of sign language and communication through her teacher, Anne Sullivan. She went on to college and in 1904,

Hard Work

Dreams are nice, but as Thomas Edison said, “There is no substitute for hard work.” Work is physical or mental activity done in order to achieve a purpose. A sustained effort to overcome obstacles in order to produce or accomplish something. And hard work would be … um, extra work in order to reach the goal. Last week I went to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. In many ways, attending a conference qualifies as work,

Friday Focus – Jesus Christ

In honor of Easter Sunday this weekend, today’s focus is on Jesus Christ. Fully God and fully man, He came to earth on a mission. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” ~1

Friday Focus – Lot

Today we’re going to travel back in time. Way back. To the time of Abraham and his nephew Lot. Now, Lot journeyed with his uncle from their homeland in Ur to the land of Canaan. They pitched their tents near Bethel and built an altar to God. After a famine drove them down to Egypt, Lot saw the consequences when Uncle Abraham lied to the Pharoah about Sarai being his sister yet also saw God’s

Friday Focus – Eric Liddell

The son of Scottish missionaries, Eric Liddell was born in China. At the age of six, he and his older brother were sent to a boarding school in England. As he grew, he excelled in athletics, participating on the cricket and rugby teams in addition to running track. Known as the “Flying Scotsman,” he won the AAA championships in 1923 in both the 100 yard and 220 yard races. Results of his races made the

Friday Focus – Jesse Owens

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” ~Jesse Owens The seventh out of eleven children, James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was born in Alabama in 1913. Later, the family moved to Ohio. While working several jobs to help support his family, he discovered his passion for running. He went on to become a track and field athlete and won

Friday Focus – Olympic Training

Is anybody else going through Olympic withdrawals? While I appreciate going to bed at a decent hour instead of staying up to see the final group compete, I miss seeing the athletes. Athletes who skate, ski, and slide into the spotlight and show the world a few minutes of amazing athletic achievement. The pageantry and national anthems. The stories of triumph after injury and of individual’s carrying the hopes of their countries on their shoulders.

Friday Focus – Prudence Crandall

What if you ran a female boarding school in Connecticut in the early 1830s and a young black woman applied for admission? Would you admit her? Prudence Crandall took a risk and did. Controversy erupted as the town protested her decision. Other students withdrew and Prudence faced closing the doors completely. Instead, she decided to limit admission solely to young black women and vowed to work “for the remaining part of my life to benefit

Friday Focus – Lance Armstrong

This week we’ve been talking about enthusiasm and celebrating life. So, as I was looking for an example, I realized that those who appreciate the gift of life the most are those who almost lost it. Take Lance Armstrong, for example. A cyclist on the International stage, he developed a few physical symptoms that sent him to the doctor. In 1996, he was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer that had metastasized to his brain

Friday Focus – Mother Teresa

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at a few of the attitudes that make for a successful journey. (Or at least a happier one.) Attitudes like contentment, gratitude, and humility. When you think of those qualities, who comes to mind? One person on my list was Mother Teresa. Who was she? She was an Albanian Catholic nun who, at the age of 40, founded the Missionaries of Charity in