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As much as I love this story about the Marine who gave up his chance to compete with his friends to help a kid, I think we’re overlooking the story about the kid who was willing to ask for help.

“Sir, will you run with me?”

How many of us would have asked?

I think we Christians often fail to ask, even though we are asking our most almighty God when we pray.  We forget that He wants to help us.  We forget that we are worthy of His help.  We forget that we deserve to have someone running at our side.

I admire the Marine for helping the little guy out.  But I also admire the little guy who was willing to admit he was lost and alone, who was willing to ask for help.

God is waiting to run with you.  It’s okay to ask.


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Sources of Pride

WordPress offers its members a daily suggestion for writing.  Yesterday’s suggestion was to “tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.”

Well, that’s easy.  I’m proud of my kids.

KB helping outThis is my daughter helping one of her friends get her classroom ready for fall.  She currently works as a para-educator at a local middle school, working with kids who have emotional and behavioral issues.  These kids love her to pieces, even when they are screaming at her or spitting on her clothes or punching her.  She loves them, too.  For a while, we got to work at the same school, and that was really, really cool.  Evenings and weekends, she is the Young Life leader for women at the University of Washington.  And in her spare time, she’s actively involved with her church.  I love her, and I’m pretty proud of her.

(Irrelevant but interesting detail:  that tee-shirt is one I bought in New York City in 1986.)

GB and DTIn this photo, my kid is the tall one in the back.  When he’s not eating ice cream or taking selfies with his pretty girlfriend, he’s working as an Engineer at a company that makes cranes, or playing with his cat or watching sports or playing X-Box.  He has a fantastic relationship with his sister, above, and can cook as well as any mom in town.  Although there’s little physical resemblance, he’s a duplicate of his dad in many ways.  He has the same kind heart, the same gentle sense of humor, and the same ability to fix things.  I love him, and I’m proud of him, too.

Something that makes me proud of the both of them is the way they responded to the great family financial crisis of 2008.  Dave and I could handle how our diminished finances would affect us.  We were both raised without a lot of extras and knew how to cut back.  But we felt absolute terror about sharing the news with our children.  We needn’t have worried.  They reacted with maturity and grace.  Both of them found jobs in a matter of weeks.  Our daughter chose to postpone attending grad school, and our son made sure to complete college in four years and without any debt.  Not once have I heard either of them remark–either positively or negatively–on the lost money.  Their behavior often inspires me to carry on myself.

What makes you proud?

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