I sat in my aisle seat on the plane, preparing to come home. All sense of a personal bubble was gone. I didn’t even win the war of the armrest. Space was at a minimum.
The flight attendant squeezed past me and began the overly familiar safety demonstration.
“Insert the tab into the metal fitting.” Check.
“Locate the nearest exit.” Check.
“Seat cushion as a flotation device.” Still a bit damp…Check.
“Secure the oxygen mask over your own nose and mouth. Then secure the mask over any small children.” Wait…What?
Every summer, I get the opportunity to speak at two or three Jr High or High School Summer Camps around the country. It is awesome. I love camp. There are so many great things that happen at summer camp.
As a speaker, I tend to tell a lot of stories…that bring a lot of laughter…that make a point…that encourage students to make a decision in their spiritual life. There are typically a couple of key times throughout the week that students will find they want to make some changes – they want to live in a different trajectory.
I am always in awe of students who will do the hard work of looking at their own hearts and recognize they need to change the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that are blocking their own growth. My message is simple – follow Jesus…put your faith and your future in God’s hands.
Not only do I get to share stories, but I get to hear their stories. They talk about pain, about poor decisions, about success, about failure, and about hope. They come to camp where the distractions of an overly busy life are set aside for a few days. As they hear and respond to a simple message – they make some decisions and those decisions count. Sometimes those decisions are considered to be breakthrough moments and sometimes they just happen as a result of quiet contemplation.
Near the end of camp, I always share the following with these wonderful students…
I will often tell people that when I stopped growing up, I started growing out.
If they giggle, I’ll usually follow up with – I’ve noticed that a lot of people are afraid of heights…I’m afraid of widths. (thank Steven Wright!)
If they’ve stuck around and found my robust, self-deprecating humor somewhat entertaining I’ll conclude with an I’m twice the man I used to be.
At this point in my life, I’m not necessarily a candidate for Biggest Loser…but I’ve definitely got something to lose. I believe that life plays off of itself – if I am in better shape physically it will also improve my mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
So here’s my confession: I know what the best weight loss plan is for me…but I don’t follow it as much as I should.
In my situation, based on my metabolism, and my body type, my best plan to lose the unwanted and unnecessary weight is this…
Some might consider me an “early adopter.”
While most people are considering whether they should even invest their time and money in the latest gadget or social media experiment, I’m trying to figure out when the next upgrade is available.
Yet I’ve been hesitant when it comes to developing my “own, personal” website. It feels a little bit like I’m the kid in the corner with low self-esteem craving for the least little bit of attention. But while it feels like that…it’s not why I’m doing this.