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All is not lost…

I used this below during the recent NHS induction on our campus.  I just felt like blogging it.

I feel all is NOT lost on our campus.  I hope it’s the same for your workplace.

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Character defines much of who we are, how we think, why we act, and what we say or do.  Character is what distinguishes one person from another. Those with good character demonstrate things such as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Our character is shown by what we do when no one else is around.  It gives us a sense of right and wrong.  It gives us understanding that right is right, even if others are against it, and that wrong is wrong, even if others are for it.

Good character is shown when we choose to do what is right.

AND–A person’s true character shows who he or she is through words and actions.

Character is the trait that is at the core of the other three traits that have been identified – it is the backbone of service, leadership, and scholarship.

Some say knowledge is power, but power truly lies in one’s character.

The power in an individual is contained within their character.

Billy Graham, one of the most well-known evangelists of our time said, “When character is lost, ALL is lost.”

Who were YOU praying for?

This question hit me right between the eyes yesterday.

Let me start with GROCERY SHOPPING. I detest it, but yesterday, as my youngest and I were planning on going together, we came up with this plan to BUST OUT IN DANCE to “Gangham Style” in the middle of shopping. He was actually very excited about doing this and I am up for ANYTHING that will make grocery shopping less funky. So, it transpired. We zoomed through the shopping, giggling and dancing. It was FUN. I had fun grocery shopping. That is a sentence I thought I’d NEVER EVER write. Ever.

Then it was time to check out. (dun dun duuuuuunnnn…) The man behind the register had a permanent frown on his face. He was sour. I only assumed he hated his job. Perhaps he is not a morning person and it was before 10 a.m. I continued to guess why he didn’t own a smile. Then I started to pray. I started to pray that he smiled or showed some semblance of happiness. Nothing. I prayed and prayed. He said about five words to us. No words of happiness, only words of necessity like speaking the total to me. When I left Walmart, filled the car with all of our goods and began to drive over to our next stop, I said something to my son about wishing everyone loved their work. I mentioned that our checker was visibly unhappy. My child says, “He might of just been having a bad day.” That somehow helped me smile about the encounter, but it also made me realize that my child has a heart for others.

I admit, I didn’t think a lot about Mr. Grocery Cashier Man after that until this morning when his face popped into my head while praying. I talked to God about him and was just going through the list of reasons again–why he might not have been happy. I also thought about how I prayed for him while I was standing there un-admiring his scowl. God said: WHO WERE YOU PRAYING FOR? Were you praying for that man or for you? Were you selfishly asking to see a smile on a man’s face who apparently couldn’t give it or were you seriously praying for that man. Was I praying for WHATEVER reason, circumstance, struggle, battle he was going through? OR was I just so wanting to see a smile, I was asking or perhaps even demanding God do it right then– without any sincerity, compassion or caring? Looking back, meditating on that question and knowing why God asked it of me, I KNOW, I was praying for me! I had such a great experience shopping (for a change)that I didn’t want some sour-faced cashier to break my stride. HOW SELFISH! Prayer is such a powerful thing, but I was using it all wrong!

I still have no idea why cashier man was sad or maybe if he even was? I just know that no matter what is going on with him, I should have been praying for him. I should always sincerely and wholeheartedly pray for others. I don’t want to be selfish in my prayers. I want my prayers to point to others hurts, needs and even wants. If it is in God’s will, I know He will grant it. I thank Him for that! I thank Him for the power of prayer!!! AND I sure hope I can ALWAYS use that power the way I’m supposed to.

Ode to Mary

My friend Mary is one of those people that you love to be around.

I get so excited when I know I get to see her! We are both at a national student advisor conference right now.

She genuinely cares for people. She loves to laugh and to make others happy. She loves FIREWORKS and to travel.

I’ve seen her firework shows. Yes, she can actually do that! That is so impressive to me.

She has hosted a national student council conference which sounds like an insane endeavor to me. Not to Mary! She’s like a super hero!

I am so proud to know Mary. She received a NATIONAL award tonight at this conference for basically being an awesome student advisor. I feel like I know a famous person!

But really, I just feel blessed and so happy that God allowed me to meet this awesome woman and I can call her a true friend.

Love you Mary!

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Here she is on the end receiving her award recognition… ((She’s in the WEIRD tie-dyed shirt!))

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