A little push can go a long way.

Making the most of what you have

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Rededication, overcoming entropy in your personal life

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What I learned from 9-11

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Inspiring words for those who need them

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Putting life into perspective

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A story of a father and a son, true heroes each

This is one of the most touching videos I’ve seen.  It’s been heralded as one of the greatest love stories of all time.  It’s about a father and a son, and is worth watching every second.

Rick Hoyt was born with the umbilical cord around his neck, cutting off oxygen to his brain.  The doctors said he would be in a vegetable state his whole life, and urged his parents to put him in an institution.  But Rick’s dad refused, and brought him home to leave a full life.  Together they have run 950 races, 60 marathons (25 of them Boston), and 6 Iron Man competitions.  In the Iron man, you swim 2.4 miles, bike for 112 miles, then run for 26.2 miles.

Dick, his father, pushes, pulls, and carries him the entire way.  Rick says (speaking through a computer):  “When we are running it feels like I’m not disabled anymore.”

When asked what he’d like to do if he could do anything, his reply wasn’t to play basketball, or football, or hockey.  His reply was that he’d have his dad sit in a wheelchair, so he could push him.

Dick’s simple reply, “I just want to be the very best father I can be”.  In so doing, he sets a powerful example of fatherhood, and presents a powerful illustration of our relationship with our Heavenly Father, who pushes, pulls, and carries us through every step.

After viewing several others, I like this one the most:

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS596VsNEOE]

shortened version:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B-r8KJhlE

Here’s a touching interview as Rick was nominated “Hero”.

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyiApzjIuzw&]

 

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Four reasons why hope breeds success

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Looking through the lense of God

Life is brimming with busyness.  With overflowing demands and a vast array of things on which to spend our time, we quickly lose ourselves in… well, ourselves.

But every now and then an event happens that shakes us out of that dream-state.  It wakes us up, lifts our view, and gives us perspective.

Early this morning, a gigantic 7.9 scale earthquake rocked mainland China.  With a death toll already approaching 10,000 people, even before reaching the hardest hit areas near the epicenter of the quake.  Last week Myanmar (formerly Burma) was hit with a disastrous cyclone, with a death toll all ready as high as 100,000.

It’s easy, in our detached position, to just look at this and see numbers, only slightly sensing the horrific reality behind it all. 

But think of you for a second (since we’re all good at thinking about ourselves), and consider how many people’s lives you touch and affect.  Your family, friends, neighbors, associates, employees, or employers, and community…  Think of the ripples caused by just you.  That’s one, one person… you. 

Now think of ten of you… and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more, and ten more.

That’s 1,000.  Now read that paragraph one hundred times.  That will give you a sense of scope.

Clearly these aren’t the only disasters happening around the world, but I need not dwell on calamity to illustrate the following point.

There are ways you can give, and not all of them have to be financial or physical.  My encouragement to you is for tonight.  Not tomorrow night, nor next week, but tonight.  Include these people in your prayers.  For just 30 small seconds, let your hearts extend to these, our brothers and sisters, just for tonight, let your prayers encompass them, and plead for them the blessings and comfort of our Father in Heaven.

The prayer of the righteous is a powerful mechanism for calling down the power of Heaven, and when unified in the cause, we only amplify that impact.

But not only will the lives of these people be blessed by your efforts, but your own life as well.  As you open your heart and mind in prayerful consideration of those beside yourself, you will find yourself filled with charity, with love, with spiritual energy, and you will begin to see the world through the lens of God. 

It’s an eye-opening experience, enriching and empowering, and it can be yours tonight.  So please, look through the lens of God, and have compassion on those in need as you extend your prayers to them.

Rusty

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The living waters of Christ

Click on the image for a larger (more printable) version.  For other inspiring images, and desktop backgrounds, see also “Trust in the Lord“, “Radiating the glory of the Son

During His ministry, as the Lord traveled to Galilee, he stopped at Jacob’s well, where he paused to drink.  There too had come a woman from Samaria, to whom Jesus spoke, saying “…whosover drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life”   (John 4:14).

The mighty Helaman taught his son’s that “…it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation… a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12).

Let us build our foundations upon the Savior, and envelop ourselves in the doctrine and power of the Lord.

Rusty

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God is Omnicaring

There are many “Omni’s” that we hear about in describing the character of God:  Omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence.  The one that’s missing is that he is omnicaring.

It means he cares about everything… not just the big things, everything.  In the vast cosmos of his creations, worlds without number – greater than the sands of the sea, yet he knows when a sparrow falls, and even that “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matt: 10:29-30).

I’d say that leaves little room for doubt whether or not he’s interested in the detail of our lives. 

Sometimes it’s easy for us to fall into the thought that God isn’t always interested, that he’s somehow “too busy”, or “preoccupied” with other matters of weightier significance than some small thing facing you, right now.

But he says “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me” (1 Nephi 21:16).

He cares.  Large or small, if it’s an obstacle you face, it there’s a “wall” before you, however small… he cares. 

Do you find any scriptures that read “pray when something big faces you”?  No, you read “pray always“.  There are hundreds of scriptures with those exact words.  We’re told to pray over our fields, our flocks, our herds, and to “counsel with the Lord in ALL thy doings” (Alma 37:37).

Why?  It’s simple – he cares.

Rusty

Simple acts of kindness and caring

During my regular blog reading the other day, I stumbled upon a story that I think is worth sharing (and reading).  You know, there’s no way to know if a story you read online is true or not, but I’d like to believe this one is, and regardless, it’s inspiring.  It’s called “Simple acts of kindness and caring“.

Rusty