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Really Should..

A few years ago I developed a little "Tennis elbow". It was one of those things where it didn't hurt unless I picked up a cup of coffee, or opened a jar. It was great for "Really should" problems, like "I really should take out the garbage but my elbow kinda hurts" or "I really should give the kids a bath while my wife has gone to the grocery store, but I'm really into this 65 to nothing football game and my elbow still hurts… see if I do this … yep, that hurts … I better just stay here, wouldn't want to cause any permanent damage". I could talk myself out of almost anything, I didn't even feel guilty and if I did, I would just push on it a little till it hurt and I felt much better knowing that I really was injured. It worked great!

I saw a movie once called "The Hours" (which tells you how long it seems to last, maybe they should have called it "The Weeks"?) It had one good line in the whole movie: "You can't find peace by hiding from life", which is what everyone does in the movie. The whole movie is a "Really Should" problem…"

Michael Ruhlman has a book called "Walk on Water". It's about a pediatric heart surgeon. Every day is a big day. He does 4 - 8 operations a day on newborn babies. He's always on the edge of failure because these babies are so messed up. The parents are always looking for a miracle and expecting him to do it. Sometimes he can't, sometimes he feels like giving up and not doing anymore surgery, ever. But it all comes back to one Idea: "I know there are kids in trouble and maybe I can help…. I know I can help".  That's what keeps him going, it wakes him up in the middle of the night, it gives him life out on the edge.

God's like that: He calls us to life out on the edge, life where we make a difference, where he uses us. Jesus said "I have come that you might have life, more life than you have ever had before."  Don't you want to live that way? Every day is an adventure to see what God will do. Everyday watching for the next time God will change someone's life in front of you. You don't have to be a different person, you just have look at life differently.

Tennis anyone?…….


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

One of my best friends gave me this recipe. She's a vegetarian. But before you start skipping down, let me tell you about it.. (after all I did sweet rolls last week. This is actually good for you!!)

Nutritional Highlights: This is Superfood ..  Edamame is packed with protein, B and C vitamins, and is one of the few natural sources of vitamin E.  Red pepper has vitamin C and A (carotenoids).  Sweet potato gets its orange color from carotene, fiber, and works as an antioxidant.  Black rice is packed with antioxidants as well as iron and fiber.  This is also gluten free.

You can make a big batch of this and have it for lunch every day. You'll be so healthy you won't be able to stand yourself. Plus if you had this every day instead of that Big Mac & Fries, you would probably lose 2 pounds a week. And be yippee- skipee!!

For the salad-

1 cup black rice

1 large sweet potato, small dice

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

4 green onions, chopped

1 cup shelled frozen edamame, thawed

Optional: chopped cilantro and sesame seeds for garnish

For the dressing-

2 teaspoon honey

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar


Cook the rice according to the directions on the package (for mine it was 1 cup rice to 1 3/4 cups water, bring to a boil and cover and simmer for 30 minutes).  Meanwhile, chop the sweet potato into small cubes, and toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil.  Roast at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. 

Cool the rice and sweet potato cubes.  Combine the rice, sweet potatoes, edamame, chopped red pepper and green onion.  Combine all ingredients for the dressing and toss with the salad.  Top with cilantro and sesame seeds….. yummmmmmmm


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 8:44 AM