Sunday, October 5, 2014

on living the first peter

i finished 1 peter 3
my greenway friends william and lynn captured this light
but
before closing the book i
returned to the
verse-i-think-i-can-live-by-today
finally, all of you, have 
unity of mind,
sympathy,
brotherly love,
a tender heart
and 
a humble mind
i circled humble mind,
laced  up my asics
and 
headed to the greenway for 
running 
and 
nature
and
prayer
and
living out this humble mind
a little more than halfway in 
i
felt
GREAT!
i practically pranced when i saw my average pace was
9:09!
and i'm 44 years old!
i did a little cadence in my humble mind
9:09 and i'm 44
9:09 and i'm 44
9:09 and i'm 44
and then i heard chatter,
the talk of people 
riding bikes in a leisurely manner
and i thought
how sweet, a couple out for a morning ride
while i run these 9:09 miles
and then i heard...feet
what? not cyclists?
runners?
holding a normal conversation while practically 
sprinting past my 9:09?
how can this be?
i'm supposed to be the best out here today
they called out a cheerful 
good morning,
one even turning and running his 7:30 pace backward a few steps
sigh-huff-puff
sigh-huff-puff
and i guess
when we don't humble ourselves
He does it
for
us

what are your thoughts on humility? are we even capable of humbling ourselves?

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Monday, September 8, 2014

26 words to start your day

dreading the day?
feeling overwhelmed?
i accidentally looked at my calendars
this morning
which always makes me feel
boxed-in-and-suffocating
so i'm saying  these 26 words today....
shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

know that the Lord is God.
amen

what is one of your go-to scriptures for the overwhelming days?

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

what do teachers pray?

804 is ready
and this is my
prayer
for teachers and learners
from preschool to college
at
home, private or public -
Lord give us all
peace
eyes-wide-open
joy
laughter
wonder
compassion
wisdom
and
love
that you will be glorified
amen

what would you add to this list?

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Monday, August 11, 2014

on school and getting lost in the other

it's the new year again,
school starting up,
and the halls will hum with discourse on
teacher salaries
common core
student computers
free-breakfast procedures
locker breaks
how to handle cell phones
and
flipped classrooms
but on my wall,
in my classroom with the
always-working fluorescent lights
smart board connected to the brand new laptop computer
desk and computer for each student
heat pump just for room 804
and
restrooms-with-running-water just down the hall,
i'm going to post these pictures,
reminders of
what
matters
first
because sometimes i
get
lost
in
the
other

















how about you? what matters first in your calling? do you ever get lost in the other?

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