GIVE WHEN IT COUNTS

  by Mo Anderson   For most of us, giving is easy. Most of us give often to the people, organizations, or causes that we care about. We give of our time, energy, support, and sometimes our money. But, are we really giving when it counts?   I heard a story a few years ago, that has stuck with me. I remember it often, especially on the days that giving feels like a stretch to me.   There was a woman who worked as volunteer at a hospital in the pediatrics department. She had the opportunity to be the caretaker to a young girl named Liz who was suffering from rare and serious disease. The only chance for Liz’s recovery was a blood transfusion from her five year old brother who miraculously survived this same disease.   Her little brother had developed antibodies and Li...

COINS ON THE TABLE

  By Mo Anderson   In life, we cannot control the circumstances around us but, we can control our responses. Let me share a story I love that illustrates my point.   In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less than it does today, a ten year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat down at a table. As a waitress put a glass of water on the table in front of him, the boy asked her, “How much is an ice cream sundae?”   “Fifty cents”, replied the waitress.   The little boy pulled a handful of change out of his pocket and studied the coins in his palm. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?   By now, more customers were waiting to be seated at tables and the waitress was growing impatient. “Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.   The lit...

Miracles

  By Mo Anderson   I received a beautiful letter from a colleague, Jen Mains, which made me think of the many miracles we witness in life every day. Jen and I have something in common – we both lost our homes to fire. Often, when faced with tragedy and tribulation, life’s little miracles are like a dusting of diamonds across an otherwise inky black landscape. Jen writes: Dear Mo,  My family and I are truly humbled and deeply touched by the overwhelming expression of love and support from you and our KW family.  While it is true we have lost almost all of our earthly possessions, God’s hand protected my husband and our children from a most certain death had things gone differently.  He is a good and faithful God.  Sometimes it does seem silly to mourn a physical structure, yet our...

The Story of the Lepers

I want to share one of my favorite Bible stories because it so deeply touches my heart: Jesus was traveling between Samaria and Galilee. These countries were bitter enemies. During His journey, He came across ten lepers. Some of these suffering, ill people were from Samaria and others were from Galilee. Having mercy upon these wretched, shadows of men, He healed them. Once they were all well and able to return home, only one of them said, “Thank you,” to Jesus.   There are three points about this story that I find intriguing.   The first is that common misfortune had broken down racial and national barriers between these suffering people. It is as if the leprosy had caused them to forget what country they were from! They knew only that they were in need – in need of God, fa...

Dreaming

I had an enlightening experience a few years ago following a professional training that I facilitated in Sacramento, CA. During that session, I referenced one of my all-time favorite books, “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson. And, at the end of the session, I asked the attendees to step up to microphones in the aisles to share their “A Ha’s” from the training. I was sincerely shocked to hear quite a few people reveal, “I have lost the ability to dream.”   I had made this trip to California on the heels of a tragic personal loss. The dream home that my husband and I built, at the age of 71, had burned to the ground only one week before. So, I stood before them with my own shattered dream and questions began to flood my mind.   Is dreaming an important part of our culture as a so...

The Character of Responsibility

  Character – this word has an old fashioned sound to it, like a faded relic of the Victorian era. Personal character seems unimportant in modern global society. Only a few select moral qualities are still prized: diversity, tolerance, broad-mindedness. Meanwhile, genuine individual virtue – the substance of true, timeless and praiseworthy character – has been forgotten and ignored.   Have you noticed the people who usually grace the covers of celebrity magazines? Do we want our children and grandchildren to emulate the lifestyles or embrace the values of these people? In our society, celebrity itself counts more than character because we have lost our moral anchor.   The greatest cultures throughout human history have always reserved the highest positions ...

Life Counter – Balance

  Are you taking good care of yourself – spiritually, physically and emotionally?   If having a servant’s heart – a deep desire to always “be there” for others – flows naturally from you, realistically there are pitfalls that you must consciously acknowledge and work hard at avoiding. Are you the person who constantly and enthusiastically helps others reach their goals, who compassionately shares your listening ear and unceasingly offers caring encouragement and support? Are you seemingly “all things to all people”? To those on the receiving end of your many kindnesses, sincere gratitude is mixed with wonderment that both your physical and emotional energies seem never-ending. And clearly, you are genuinely loved for this amazing personality trait.   However, I am earnestly ...

A Gift of Friendship: Time to Be and Be With

By Krista Jones   “Time – to be, and be with” – is one of the greatest gifts of friendship the Mo Anderson has given to me. It is more precious than gold! While I could list countless examples that she has demonstrated over the years of our friendship, three specific memories come to mind.   We all know of Mo’s incredible faith and her passion for life; in 1995, after one of my medical mission trips to Israel, Mo wanted to discuss my trip. Of course she asked for endless details of the amazing holy sites, but she was also the political situation in that part of the world. While in Israel, I had the opportunity to work with Palestinian Christians in refugee camps; this was the story that Mo wanted to hear!   Mo and I share differing political viewpoints; however, we both resp...

IMPOSSIBLE!

By Judy Berry   According to best-selling author and dynamic minister, Max Lucado – “We forget that ‘impossible’ is one of God’s favorite words.” How often have you found yourself in a situation that you feel is just too hard for you, will take too much time, you’re not positive the outcome will be great, and what will others think if you fail?   First of all, never fear that others are going to ridicule you if you fail. We only learn to do the “impossible” by trying, and trying again. Our mistakes are our teachers. You will never create that great positive outcome until you try!   Henry Ford, often maligned by his peers for trying to create an automobile the likes of which had never been seen – offered this advice: “If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you...

Forgiveness For a Child

By Kellie Clark Kids do crazy things! Even now, in my mid-forties, I have very clear memories of really dumb things that I did at five years old that seemed so ingenious at the time! I also have vivid recollection of the trouble I got in when my parents did not perceive my antics as brilliant ideas. These memories are now a treasured gift in my own parenting. Recently, my sweet, kind-hearted and mischievous five-year old son, Justin, had the brilliant idea that it would be “fun” to use the towel bar in the “kids’ bathroom” as monkey bars! The obvious happened – all came crashing down – boy, bar, and large chunks of the bathroom wall! Justin timidly crept down the stairs into the kitchen, where I was cooking dinner. “Mom, an accident happened in the bathroom,” he stated quietly with his hea...

Exercise Your Options

By Nina Rowan Heller It’s easy to tell oneself that there is always tomorrow. On the daily “to-do” list, exercise rarely appears as something that absolutely, positively has to happen. If you think that you don’t have time to exercise, or if the motivation too often escapes you, you’re in good company. I hear that a lot and I get it. Here’s what works: forget about trying to muster up the motivation. Instead, remove exercise from the decision tree of what you are going to do and what’s the priority. Never again are you going to look at your day and waste energy trying to decide where and how and whether exercise fits in. Just as you don’t waste time and energy trying to figure out whether or not you have time to brush your teeth and where that fits among other priorities, exercise needs to...

Being Nice: What You Focus on Expands

By Kellie Clark Life often proves that what you focus on, expands. The thoughts, ideas, feelings, and dreams that we infuse with our energy, tend to show up in the world around us as opportunities. This happened to me after watching the week-long video series on MoMentorship about Being Nice. Those messages deeply touched my heart and brought my attention to my own life – how am I nice to those I love and others in the world? Where are the opportunities to be nice that I am missing? Am I always nice when others are not? These were the questions on my mind when I walked into Kohl’s department store. I really did not need anything in the department store that day; I had a fist full of rewards points that were about to expire and I hated to see them wasted! I am very frugal and I was not abou...