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Pretenders

By Leah Fuller

“I have something to prove, don't I?  Who me?  Yes.  Let's face it.  If we knew every moment where a leader doubted their own course, faltered in their vision or wrestled with fear we probably wouldn't follow them.  So sometimes it's just safer to keep pretending.  Maybe you've felt this way too? Maybe no one will notice that the person I want to portray —that strong, courageous, capable leader—isn't the real me.” 

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Posted on February 15, 2017
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Getting Back on the Bicycle

By Leah Fuller

With only a twinge of anxiety, I let go of the bike seat, slowed my run to a trot, and watched Anna's precarious balance carry her down the bike path.  In the 3.5 seconds it took to slow my trot to a walk and begin to pat myself on the back for a job well-done, I witnessed perhaps the most classic bike wreck in history.  As soon as she realized that I was no longer holding onto the seat or running beside her, her mind went blank and all reasoning ceased. She steered sharply to the right, released both handle bars, and attempted at once to become Supergirl.  Her momentum carried her forward, arms out-stretched. She came to an abrupt halt two and a half feet later—sprawled out, face down, entangled in the metal heap of her bicycle. 

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Posted on January 12, 2017
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What I Did Last Monday

By Joel Bates

Do you have the impression that D.M. instructors travel out on adventure trips and return to  camp through a revolving door?  If we've given that impression, then allow me to relate what this wilderness skills instructor was doing last Monday evening.  I came home after a long, hard, yet exciting and adventurous day full of making phone calls, signing receipt letters, answering emails, and planning for the next trip.  Supper fare filled the table, and the aroma of steamy, roasted potatoes wafted across the room, producing broad smiles on our children's faces as they eagerly found their seats and grasped forks and knives.  After the prayer, taters filled plates, and forks jabbed the food into mouths.  All at the table chewed rapidly because if we lingered over the savory flavors too long, we were going to be late for the evening's holiday adventure. 

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Posted on December 12, 2016
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Deceived

By Leah Fuller

As twilight faded rapidly, twelve weary hikers stumbled along the creek desperately trying to reach their destination before night plunged them into total darkness.  The leaders scouted ahead for a few moments and returned with encouraging news.  “We're almost there, and there's even a place we can camp,” they reported.  Bolstered with hopeful expectation, the travelers plodded a few hundred feet and, to my bewilderment, bushwhacked straight up the hill to a small, flat ridge.  Upon their arrival, the group began setting up camp as I called the leaders aside to ask them what was going on.  “We're here!” they exclaimed, “At the place where the creek splits.  We're at the destination.”

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Posted on November 15, 2016
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Indecision

By Joel Bates

I instantly felt empathy for the squirrel as I popped up over the hill doing 60 mph.  He was stuck in indecision.  “Do I go this way, or should I go that way?”  It really didn't matter which way he chose.  I knew which way I was going, and it was right toward him.  Back and forth he went until the last second when he disappeared under my front bumper.  He definitely chose poorly.  Some might argue that he didn't make a choice at all, but if it is possible for an instinctual squirrel to make a decision, his choice, in fact, was to make no decision at all, which is a decision.  

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Posted on October 17, 2016
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Journey or Destination

By Leah Fuller

Trust the process.  These words have followed me in ministry and in life over the years, popping up from time to time to remind me that life is a journey and a process. I often find myself thinking that there must be only two types of people in the world:  those who are task- or job-oriented and those who are a bit more...free-spirited.  I am definitely the former and sometimes find these “free-spirited” people just plain irritating.  Of course, those who aren't bound by such a schedule find us task-oriented people suffocating with our rigid rules of order and lists of how to get things done.

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Posted on September 15, 2016
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