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WHEN YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE IN LIFE AND MAYBE WHEN YOU WANT TO QUIT BECAUSE YOU'RE MISUNDERSTOOD

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These are the ideas  for a speech given to 7-12 grade students at Judah Christian School on Jan. 30, 2014



In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. The Word Gave life to everything. And His life brought light to everyone. (John 1: 1-4)




You know how I am about words, and this a looming scripture for me this year. So we will talk about words…your words…my words…
One day while subbing, Max Berry related his trauma of being caught inside days on end with knowing what to do while he recovered from a concussion.  He then asked me, “Mrs. Roberson what do you do all day now that you aren’t teaching?”
See these are the kind of words and questions we should be asking each other to really understand one another. What do we do all day, with all our days, within our lives? This kind of dialogue allows people into our lives to speak into our days and offer advice and wisdom. And so, here I am to speak into yours. And I will be asking you questions.
People will ask yo…

WHEN YOU CALL "DUH" ON YOURSELF

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"Did you just call DUH on yourself?"
My husband's head turned abruptly as he drove and stared in hesitant shock.  He followed it up with the repetition of that same remark mixed with a tablespoon of laughter. 
It was the laughter of surprise and intermittent stare and then laughter and intermittent stare which then caused me to laugh with an intermittent stare of certainty at him. 
The words just smoothly slipped from my brain to my mouth, right off my tongue," OH, DUH!"
Before you place your hand to your mouth with an "Oh my! That's not even appropriate," I really deserved those words.  You have experienced those moments when something comes out of your mouth that you are sure neurologically you want to claim you didn't say, but there it is exposed to the world in vocal rhythms.
I think I may have taught junior high too long. Their behaviors are wearing off on me.  Or, could it be that I am learning the wisdom of their age?  
Once upon a time, ther…

WHY DO YOU RUN THE RACE?

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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnaresus,and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher ofourfaith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12: 1-2
Running offers endless races: track, cross country, 5 Ks, 10ks, triathlons, marathons….
Runners are a particularly solo sort. They safety pin a number to their chests, vie for a spot at the crowded starting line, and anticipate a gun’s signal to start their legs racing?  They dole out thousands of dollars over their lifetimes to purchase proper shoes and technical apparel, enter races, and travel to venues?  They consume time and energy conditioning, goal setting, and strategizing. 
Runners describe their sport using words like exhilarating and lifestyle despite slogging through…

THESE WERE THE DAYS: WHEN THE FUTURE DEPENDS UPON THE PAST

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A scholarship application question required my son to calculate the number of hours per week and weeks per year he played his sport.  After tabulating football, basketball, and track, I realized there were literally a couple weeks per year that he was not in a sport, either playing games or practicing or conditioning in the weight room. The application committee was trying to observe how he chose to spend his time beyond the classroom.
I thought of the endless times he gathered his stench stained gym bag and equipment to hit the hot football field or run the basketball court only to return for a second daily shower with sopping wet clothes that landed in the laundry basket, the foulness demanded they be laundered.
I thought of the number of Saturdays, most people’s prized days to sleep in, that my heavy-footed son trudged down the stairs to get to a practice before 8 a.m.
I thought of my smiles when he arrived before curfew after Friday night games to get to bed early because he k…

RALLYING THE TROOPS: AN ODE TO THE COACH

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"The challenge of leadership is  to be strong, but not rude;  be kind, but not weak;  be bold, but not bully;  be thoughtful, but not lazy;  be humble, but not timid;  be proud, but not arrogant;  have humor, but without folly." - Jim Rohn, speaker and author



This Friday night battle came fast and furious and fierce; it seemed birthed in necessity. 

It wasn't a battle for a national title. 
But the locals know the heart-stop rivalry that the Mahomet-Seymour vs. Rantoul Basketball contests boast. 

The national anthem, played in an imperfect rendition, reminded that these basketball soldiers would need a strong leader, that this chaotic battle would necessitate controlling the troops. 
The anthem reminded that this contest never unfolds like an ordinary drill; this would not be an easy march to the finish line; the troops would need to be rallied and their energy unfurled.


As if strengthened by the anthem itself, the general marched to rally all his troops, both those listed on the rost…