Posts Tagged ‘recovery’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A state Governor was asked to give the nomination speech for Michael S. Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic Convention. The speech went on and on. By the time it was over, the Governor knew he’d bombed. After all, the audience was chanting, “Get off, get off.”

“Had I been him,” said advisor Samuel Berger, “I would have dug the deepenst hole and buried myself in it.” Instead, the Governor marched straight into the press room to face a barrage of embarrassing questions. When Johny Carson invited him on the ‘Tonight’ Show, the Governor went, letting Carson poke fun at him. “Instead of running away from the problem,” noted Berger, “he faced it”.

How we deal with failure reveals what we’re really made of. Governor Bill Clinton faced his failure, and pressed through to his own success as President of the United States. Diffuse your own Bombs before they kill you.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Trials of Our Faith

Shortly after my prostate surgery last October, I began having lower back pain. It started early during recovery and I thought it was from sitting in one place for too long. But it continued after I was up and about and back to work. I did stretch exercises, but it didn’t seem to help. I went to see my chiropractor and complained about it. He had me lay on my belly and pressed a certain point on my back.

“Ow!”, I said, “That’s it.”

He replied, “That’s what I thought. That’s where the nerves that go to the prostate are.”

He began therapy for that particular area and it got much better. I never would have thought of that. I was focusing on the symptoms instead of the root problem. And that got me to thinking. So many people are trying to fix the symptoms in their lives instead of going to the Great Physician to identify and fix the root problem.

If I have to suffer to learn that lesson, others may just as well learn from it, too.

It was the Lord Himself that said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

1) I walk down the street.
      There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
      I fall in.
      I am lost...I am hopeless.
         It isn't my fault.
      It takes forever to find a way out.

2) I walk down the same street.
      There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
      I pretend I don't see it.
      I fall again.
   I can't believe I am in the same place.
         But it isn't my fault.
   It still takes a long time to get out.

3) I walk down the same street.
      There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
      I see it is there.
      still fall's a habit.
         My eyes are open.
         I know where I am.
   It is my fault.
   I get out immediately.

4) I walk down the same street.
      There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
      I walk around it.

5) I walk down another street.

          -Portia Nelson, 1980

Which chapter of life are you on?