Pump Tracks & Big Slides

character courage Mar 07, 2021
 

was scared. And I wasn't the one going over the edge.  

Our town is now the proud owner of North America's largest public pump track. A pump track is a bike/scooter/skateboard track allowing the rider to move through the track by shifting their weight up and down to create momentum. It looks like you are pumping while biking.  

It is a lot of fun, and every day there are a hundred kids, teenagers and dads doing laps.  

There are two tracks, beginner and advanced.  

That first day three of our kids were on bikes, and one had a scooter.  

Alina, on the scooter, started the day so uncertain of how to do anything. But with practice, she figured it out. Pushing more than pumping, Alina made it around the track many times.  

 

And then came the moment. "I want to try the other track."  

My first instinct was to say, "keep working on that technique, and then in a week, we can try to advanced track." I didn't want her to fail.  

But...

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Gospel Centered Discipleship

character discipleship Jun 15, 2019
 

Since 1998 Keri, has been involved with forming a culture of Gospel Centred Discipleship within our local church. 

Gospel Centred Discipleship is about being a community that loves people, living transparent lives and showing others how to walk out a committed relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
We have close to 300 graduates - Servant leaders with a love for Christ and others. Not perfect, but in process. They are Workers, Supervisors, Students, husbands and wives, Moms and Dads - but most of all servants in whichever community that they find themselves in.  
 
Any of those grads could tell you that storms have come to their lives, financial trouble, relational issues or faith struggles, some before joining us, some during, but most came after their time with us. 
 
Let's face it who hasn't seen storms in their lives? Jesus even promises that we will have storms.   
 
Matthew...
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Win•some: 5 ways to restore the art of social graces to a distant society

character Jan 29, 2019
I am sure that you, like me have seen or even participated in the complete ignoring of another human being. Or even more insidiously, we have participated in the dismissal and devaluing of another person because they did not treat us the way we wanted to be treated. Maybe they did not or give you satisfactory answers or solutions, maybe you were busy answering a call, finding directions or handling your kids' bad attitude and you ordered, paid for, and picked up a coffee or lunch without even acknowledging that there was a human on the other side of that counter. 
 
If you have ever worked in customer service, you know exactly what I am talking about. It seems like the worst of human nature arrives when someone is getting paid to serve the customer who is of course, always right. 
 
I worked in customer service positions for years and I came to realize that most of the time I, the person behind the counter, was really just standing as a substitute...
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Finding Joy When Life is Complicated

character Jan 14, 2019
Do you ever feel like your life is an 18 wheel truck that is dragging you behind it?
 
Just me? 
 
I started out this fall with a plan to crank up my Monday blog posts again as well as posting more cute and funny video that would keep the internet on the edge of its seat. Instead, grocery shopping, meal planning, event planning, field trips and stress in general robbed me not only of that creative output, but also my joy. 
 
It reminds me of a life-defining conversation with my mom when I was in my mid twenties. She noticed that my conversations had turned negative and whiny. As I talked, it sounded like everything was wrong with everything; people were annoying, situations seemed impossible and I was not up to deal with it all. In the middle of that rotten headspace, she said these very important words: "Keri, you have always been my daughter of joy.  You need to guard it with your life. Joy is necessary, it is what you bring to those...
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The Not So With You Leader

Our church is in a historic week. We are celebrating our lead pastors retirement and the transition of the church to the new lead pastors.
 
This has me thinking about leadership for sure, but I must have this topic on my mind in general because I posted last week about leadership too, you can read it here.
 
This week I want to talk about what I call the "not so with you" leader: 
 
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” - Matthew 20:25-28
 
I have thought long and hard about this verse. If there was one, defining mandate about leadership, I...
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What Love Requires of Me

adoption character family Oct 08, 2018
We are finishing a full Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. Growing up in the US, I never knew that Canada celebrated Thanksgiving in October, we always did it in November, but I have come to love the earlier date. It ends up being a stand alone holiday instead of the beginning of the long holiday run to Christmas and New Year's Eve.
 
Is it too cliche to say we have so much to be thankful for? But maybe we could follow that thought up with a question: 
 
How does that gratitude change us? 
 
I want to tell you a story of how gratitude has changed my life, but I have to set it up a bit. Please bear with me while I give you a little framework. 
 
I am reading a book right now that should be required reading for everyone who says they are a Christian.
 
Bold statement right? Let me explain. 
 
Irresistible is Andy Stanley's new book and here is the synopsis: 
 
"Once upon a time there was a version of our...
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