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14 GOLDEN RULES FOR TODAY

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Today matters. You bet it does. No matter how crappy you feel, you’re still better off than having no capacity to feel. So, since you’re alive and kicking, what are you waiting for. There’s gold in these rules. 14 Golden Rules For Today One: Live this day as if it will be your last. This is it. All you have. Make it your best day. Someone else is counting on that. Two: Today, deliver more than expected. Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile. Three: Search for the seed of good in every adversity. You will learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it. Four: Remember…

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BOSTON MARATHON SURVIVORS AND HUMBOLDT

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It’s been a whirlwind five years for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. News cycles last nano seconds compared to the recovery from injuries that goes on and one and on. Five years later the courage of these survivors offers hope to players recovering from injuries suffered in the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, on April 6, 2018. StrazStrong Players like Ryan Straschnitzki, the 18-year-old who suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed, along with broken bones and internal damage. Already Ryan has declared that he will play sledge hockey and aspire to being on the Canadian Olympic team. His trainer, Cody Thompson, came up with “Staz strong” to describe Ryan. “He would come in and do our workout, then when…

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I WANT TO GO TO HIS CHURCH

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Add chaplains to your list. Please. Add chaplains to the list of first responders: the emergency dispatchers that take the panicked calls, firemen, paramedics, ambulance drivers, RCMP officers, STARS – the men and women that arrive in the middle of moans, acrid smoke, spilled diesel and burning tires to do their jobs with no fanfare or recognition other than the satisfaction of a job well done. If you haven’t already, add chaplains to the list. Chaplain Brandow Up until Friday April 6th, 2018, Sean Brandow was one of those obscure, volunteer chaplains with the Humboldt Broncos Junior “A” hockey team. Sean is the minister to the Humboldt Bible Church and has been for twenty years. When the home team Broncos…

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THEY ALL RODE THE BUS: HUMBOLDT BRONCOS

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Hardened hockey warriors. Veteran coaches. Sports broadcasters. Even, Don Cherry. United by tears. Heartbroken. Beyond words. We are Humboldt. Humboldt Broncos A horrific tragedy on a rural intersection just north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, eviscerated a nation and brought Canadians – and the world – together in an outpouring of grief. Everywhere you turned in the sports world on Saturday April 7th – NHL, NCAA, WHL, MLB, NBA, NLL – players and teams were offering support, prayers, and identification with Humboldt on their uniforms and scoreboards after the unthinkable occurred. The Prime Minister, a President, politicians of every stripe, NHL stars and coaches searched to find words to describe their anguish. Its what you do when you don’t know what to…

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THE ONE THING THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING

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Without this ONE thing even the smallest tasks feel impossible. Without this ONE thing couples give up on their marriage, parents give up on their teens, leaders give up on their people, people give up on their future. You can live for 40 days without food, about 3 days without water, and about 8 minutes without air. You don’t want to go a single second without this ONE thing. The World Of Sports I’ve coached football long enough to know that spectacular fourth quarter turnarounds happen. “All it takes is one break! All we need is one play! We’re one turnover away from a comeback! There’s time on the clock so we’ve still got a chance!” Its late in the…

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30 ANDY STANLEY TAKEAWAYS ON LIFE’S MEANING

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It is in you and in me to make a difference and find meaning in life. Purpose is often found at the intersection of a broken heart, opportunity and skill. Andy Stanley’s Take On Life 1.  At the end of anyone’s life somebody at their funeral service is going to find something to say about their life that is meaningful and had purpose. 2. I have never met someone who said, “Andy, I have been doing something meaningful my entire life and I’m sick of it.” 3. Nobody wants to be “the reason.” They want to be “the something.” Purpose 4. Purpose is a means to an end. 5. Purpose is costly. 6. Most of us want to be the…

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4 IRONIC CHARACTERISTICS OF COURAGE

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Most people who are known for being courageous have one thing in common – they don’t describe themselves as courageous. They talk about being afraid and scared. Some explain that they were “just doing their duty.” Soldiers awarded the highest honors of bravery commonly tell of simply trying to “protect their buddies.” Courage has an irony about it. 4 Ironic Characteristics Of Courage: 1. Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through tough times. Courage can simply be taking one step after another out of your comfort zone into the unknown. Courage can be trying something new and sticking with it because you…

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LETTING GO: SHAUNA’S STORY

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You can only hang on by yourself for so long. Letting go can become a surprising path to freedom. Many years back my sister was trying out hang gliding in Mexico. After some impromptu instructions the boat towing the glider took her out over the ocean. When she came back she told us she had hung on as long as she could thinking that letting go would land her in the water. When her strength faded so did her choices. She let go and stayed in the air. Shauna Ncube is from North Cooking Lake, Alberta and spent time in Nara, Nara Japan. She is a wife to Nigel, mom to Keenan and Ian and a friend to many. In…

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FAMOUS LASTING WORDS OF EASTER

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It’s been said that the final words of one’s life provide a snapshot or an MRI into that entire life. Some last words become immortalized. Freedom Mel Gibson used his cinematic license to frame the last words of Scotland’s William Wallace in the 1995 movie Braveheart. After experiencing gruesome torture as a traitor to England, Wallace’s executioner suggests that if he would just beg for mercy, his pain would end quickly. The English crowd, once thrilled to see their enemy in agony, picks up the escalating chant of “Mercy,” urging him to tap out. Wallace summons his strength and stuns the crowd by screaming a final rallying cry, “Freedom!” Good theater? Yes. Great history? Probably not. Aside from the fact…

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WHAT SPRINGS TO MIND ABOUT EASTER

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The BBC asked their listeners what Easter means to them. From the nation that originated Christian world Missions, the responses are a mosaic of perspectives in a post-Christian age. “A nice long weekend.” “Easter eggs.” “Hot cross buns that are cold.” How The World Views Easter “I’m not religious but I do know that Good Friday is the most solemn day in the Christian Calendar, the day of the Crucifixtion. It is supposedly a day for contemplation Easter Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, a day for rejoicing and celebration.” “As for the meaning of Easter, we ignore that. Our spiritual needs are well catered for by the splendor of the coastal scenery, the movement of the sea and…

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