Courage, Determination and a Positive Attitude

Courage, Determination and a Positive Attitude

This has been a long summer and a difficult week for the congregation, losing yet two more members who have succumbed physically. Both Skip Taylor and Judy Moore were extraordinary people who battled their individual illnesses with courage, determination and positive attitudes. I posted a piece on facebook in honor of Judy the other day and thought I would also share it here.

No matter how you feel: Get up, dress up, show up and never give up.

This morning I opened an email from my brother-in-law, Don. He sends one every morning, continuing a tradition started by his neighbor, who began the practice when his children went away to college. Each day appear two or three gems of wisdom from some pretty savvy people down through the ages and into this 21st Century. To my pleasant surprise, the entry for today was about strong people, like Skip and Judy, Margarett Ann Phillips and Sally Marcus. Chris Witten is showing that same kind of courage, determination and positive attitude as he continues to press on after his accident. How fortunate we have all been to have known these folks and others who have been role models of the faith in the face of such difficult circumstances. So, this morning, in my daily dose of wisdom and encouragement from Don, I found this:

The Strength of a Person
The strength of a person isn't seen in the width of their shoulders.
It's seen in the width of their arms that circle you.
The strength of a person isn't in the deep tone of their voice.
It's in the gentle words they whisper.
The strength of a person isn't how many buddies they have.
It's how good a buddy they are with kids.
The strength of a person isn't in how respected they are at work.
It's in how respected they are at home.
The strength of a person isn't in how hard they hit.
It's in how tender they touch.
The strength of a person isn't in the hair on their chest.
It's in their heart---that lies within their chest.
The strength of a person isn't in the weight they can lift.
It's in the burdens they can carry.

 Words of wisdom for sure!

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