Daily Adventure Requires a Walking Stick

by Ray Reuter on March 22, 2018

While not a “dream” destination for Spring Break, a local adventure along the neighborhood walking trail proved to offer plenty of excitement. We labeled it a “treasure hunt” — which was a fancy title for permission to hike through the trees, walk through the dried creek bed, and get muddy. Of course, a good adventure requires a walking stick. It got me thinking about the reason why …

Like the little adventurers, I too appreciate a walking stick for balance, to poke around, to move things, to test and measure, and for defense if necessary. But possibly most of all, for an extra bit of security and reassurance. Don’t we all march a bit more intentionally, stand a bit taller, feel a bit braver, believe in ourselves with a bit more confidence, with a walking stick?! So as we each go about our daily adventures, think about … what is your “walking stick?” What is that thing or habit or trick that generates an extra dose of grit and and spunk for you? Don’t leave home without it.


Hollow Me

by Ray Reuter on March 15, 2018

I was inspired at a TobyMac concert by a prayer that Toby prays with his band before starting to record music. The essence is to ask to be hollowed of anything that is not of God so that God can breathe something through us that is beyond us. This petition prompts me to get out of the way for something greater.

So now I begin my day with the following prayer request.

God, hollow me of anything that would get in Your way of unfettering the potential in others. Hollow me of any pride, insecurity and doubt. Make me a hollow enough vessel that You can breathe something through me that would turn people’s eyes to You. Make me hollow enough that You can breathe something that is more inspiring than I could ever create, more awakening than I could ever hope, more impactful than I could ever imagine. Breathe something that is literally BEYOND ME.

Consider customizing this invocation for yourself. ツ


BE CONTENT (2 of 2)

March 8, 2018

BE CONTENT. So how can we be more content? Contentment is learned. Our tendency is to look for things that will make us content – those things that are better or those events that are next, rather than putting forth the effort it takes to learn how to be content. The first time I took […]

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BE CONTENT (1 of 2)

March 1, 2018

BE CONTENT. Sounds simple enough … and hard to practice. Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., observes that our society is marked by “inextinguishable discontent.” Our quest is “better” and “what is next.” We want a better job with better pay and a better boss. We want better relationships and a better car and a better […]

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the road less fettered (#15)

February 22, 2018

The Road Less Fettered has been traveled before by many wise and wonderful people. Below are six more of my favorite quotes that are worth pondering and lead to unfettering … A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. —Mark Twain Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. —Thomas Merton Wild animals run […]

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Just Start It!

February 8, 2018

We are several weeks into the new year and it is possible that those good intentions related to your goals have encountered some obstacles and resistance. Your t-shirt says JUST DO IT and you tell yourself GET ‘R DONE. But maybe the “it” and the “‘r” are overwhelming and the reality is that you have […]

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Give Gratitude

February 1, 2018

There are lots of little sayings to remind us to “stop and smell the roses.” Along similar lines, I suggest stop and give gratitude to things right now you might be taking for granted. An ancient Chinese saying tells us to remember those who dug the wells. It prompts us to remember those who came […]

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Practice What You Hear

January 25, 2018

I’m confident assuming that you have heard the story of the Good Samaritan. It’s the parable about “holy” people ignoring a person clearly in need along the side of the road. The individual who stops to help the person in need is a non-religious Samaritan. He not only pauses his agenda to help, he offers […]

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My 3 Words • 2018

January 18, 2018

a life unfettered … Here are My 3 Words for 2018 … ABIDE … to bear patiently, to endure without yielding, to wait for, to accept without objection. I find myself in a place where ABIDING is prudent given several situations and circumstances that are real, even though they are not of my doing. MERCY … […]

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Catching Flak

January 11, 2018

“Flak” is defined as anti-aircraft guns and the bursting shells fired from those guns. In other words … noise, opposition, criticism, resistance, objections. I’ve read that if a bomber is not catching flak, the pilot of the plane knows they are either in the wrong place or the enemy has moved. Thus, flak is to […]

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