1. Tennis, youth ministry, and teaching school should not be done at the same time. I absolutely love doing what I do but it is so draining! It also takes its toll on me and my family.

2. Certain kinds of plastics leach harmful chemicals. I guess I knew that but I haven’t started paying attention to that until recently.

3. Chlorine and flouride could also be dangerous to the body.

Disclaimer: there is a lot of information and “research” out there and I am not a scientist. I do not attest to the accuracy of these claims. It has given me something to think about though.

4. The Sermon on the Mount passage in Matthew 5-7 is an amazing passage! We started studying it this summer with our youth group (3-D) and it is powerful. At the heart is the “heart.”

5. Impatience shows a lack of humility. This one has been really difficult for me to learn. It first got my attention as I was listening to a message by C.J. Mahaney. Here is the main idea – I get impatient when things don’t go my way. Selfishness is when I want things my way. Impatience, therefore, is a form of selfishness. When I am being selfish I do not have a proper view of myself. When I have an improper view of myself I do not look at God properly either. In the end it shows that I lack humility and need to re-orient my focus back towards God. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).”

6. Life is short. A friend of ours, approximately the same age, is going through the final stages of cancer. It makes you reconsider a lot of things.

7. My thinking goes all over the place and that’s okay!

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Recently I had a dear friend who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Her name is Denise. This person and I had coached together for many years and we shared a lot of memories. Her life left an impact on many people. She had a profound influence on the multitudes of students she got to work with.

I went to her viewing and shared a few words with her family and friends. As I was leaving I started to type in a name on my cell phone for a person I needed to call. The first letter was D and Denise’s name came up. That’s when it hit me. I would never use that phone number again. I would never make another call to Denise. I began to reminisce about the many conversations we had, both on the phone and in person. Denise’s life touched mine.

How many people have your number in their cell phone? What will they think about as they delete it at the end of your life? What kind of legacy will you leave? Whose life are you touching now?

Yes, the phone number is erased but the memory and the influence is not.