Monthly archive for March 2011

A-B-C’s of Better Together…C

For the last couple of months, I have written about why we are better together because of being involved in a First Place 4 Health class.  I called this series the “ABC’s of being Better Together.” In January, I wrote about Accountability.  In February, I wrote about Belonging. This month I will finish the series by writing about Commitment.  If you didn’t read the first two articles, you can find them in our e-newsletter archives. Commitment is something that is hard to pin down and we usually think about it as a singular activity—I make the commitment and then I carry out the commitment.  So how does the word “commitment” fit with why we are better together? Recently, I was in Sacramento, CA, for a Hope 4 You Conference and talked to many First Place 4 Health people.  I would like to tell you that I heard some new stories, but that is just not the case.  I hear the same

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One Step at a Time

Many of you have heard of “Upward Sports” for kids. It’s the world’s largest Christian sports program for children.  The vision to develop character in every player, while providing an equal opportunity for improvement, stressing sportsmanship in every situation. If you haven’t checked this out for your kids, go to their website and read about it at It’s a great way to start a lifetime of fitness for your children! In addition, I urge you to think about “upward fitness” for yourself! Have you made an effort to combine physical fitness with spiritual fitness in your personal life? Pray about it and God will give you creative ideas. You may want to start a walking program with a friend where you pray together, or memorize Scripture and check each other, practicing your verses as you walk or jog together. You can add a spiritual element to your workout at the

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Keep It Simple

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  –Micah 6:8  God’s will for us is quite simple, but we try to make it really hard. If we honored the three commands in this verse, our lives would be richer and fuller than we could ever imagine. God’s requirements are so different from man’s requirements. Let’s look at each one: To do the next right thing—all the time. If I do this, I’ll be able to accomplish even the things I dislike doing. Love mercy: To treat others with the same mercy I want from God. This means I treat kindly the rude person at the grocery store or the mouthy person at the gas station. Walk humbly with your God: God wants to have a relationship with me.

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