Family Disciple Me responds to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

What Shall We Say About…

Endurance

By Jeff Harris, President of FDM Board

“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”  – James 1:3

Struggles are a test of character, leadership, faith, endurance, and grit.

Due to a rare disease (esophageal achalasia), I endured an entire year consuming my every meal from a cup while sleeping in a chair. I literally became a shell of the man I once was as my body relentlessly cannibalized itself. I lost 55 pounds, rarely slept, and suffered from excruciating pain to even swallow a drink of water. 

I have never been pushed so far outside my comfort zone and for so long. Yet, I learned during my personal ‘Crucible of Starvation and Sleep Deprivation’ that the darkest and coldest valleys provide the greatest opportunity to reinvent ourselves, grow, and move closer to God. 

The key to enduring such a ‘rare disease’ was forging the ability to walk through the ‘dis-ease’ alongside the Lord with unshakeable character and faith. 

The experience of living life on liquids taught me that no matter what we are going through in life, we become what we are willing to endure. Letting go of the endgame, staying focused on the process, and leaning into faith are paramount. By faithfully doing what is necessary long enough, the impossible will eventually relinquish its throne.

As a parent, I was committed to holding onto my character, embracing an attitude of gratitude, and leaning into my faith to set an example for my children of what it takes to endure the most difficult of circumstances. Why? People do what people see. Our children are always watching the example that we set. 

In late 2019, I underwent a series of complicated medical procedures while fasting for 40 days to enable me to once again eat solid food. I am beyond grateful and blessed to now be healed and enjoying meals together with my wonderful family. 

I am determined to maintain and build upon the character and faith that I developed through that struggle to disciple my children and help mold their character so that their endurance may ‘rise’ as they grow. 

To endure and ultimately persevere during these challenging times, we must develop our ability to walk through pain with attitudes of gratitude and acceptance, the courage and discipline to embrace discomfort and change, a willingness to adjust our perspectives that the struggles in life are an opportunity to learn and grow, and the hope and faith for a brighter tomorrow. 

Remember, children are always watching. Thus, ask yourself,   

How much are you willing to ‘endure’ so that your children may ‘rise’ with strength of character and faith in the Lord? 

© 2020 Jeff Harris

Jeff is an executive, business owner, leadership coach, strategic advisor, Chairman of FDM, Forbes contributor, endurance athlete, Achalasia survivor, and former US Marine. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife and three children. 

Hope Along the Way

May You Pray…for HOPE Along the Way

As Christians, God invites us to look beyond what our physical eyes can see to the hope of what He has for us. Let’s pray for hope along life’s way!

To Know Jesus Better Today

May You Pray…to Know Jesus Better Today

The more we know Jesus, the more we recognize Him. We want to experience real relationship with Him and pray for other people to know Him better, too!

May You Pray for people each day

May You Pray…For People Each Day

When someone matters to us, one of the best things we can do for them is to pray for them! As we remember others in our prayers, our God “remembers” to listen to us!

Easter Makes Our Jesus Stories Personal

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Makes Our Jesus Stories Personal

Sane, rational people don’t just give up their lives for an illusion or hoax; they must be convinced something is really important. This was true in ancient times, and it’s true today.

Easter Celebrates the Details!

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Celebrates the Details

Paul wrote that “of first importance” is the message of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. If the Gospel is true, then it should affect everything about us, including our celebrations.

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Reminds Us of the Gospel!

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Reminds Us of the Gospel!

Easter matters because it reminds us of the Gospel, and the Gospel matters because it affects our lives and eternity. At Easter we wholeheartedly celebrate this truth, but every day we want to live it.

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions Decision Three: “My Body”

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Body

The world wants us to learn many, many things about our bodies except how “to control” them. However, God wants His people “be sanctified,” which means “set apart” or different from the world.

My Mind

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Mind

Our world says you can think anyway you want about anything you want. This philosophy leads every direction except closer to Jesus. Only by setting our minds on Him do we actually draw closer to Him.

The HEART // MIND // BODY Decisions Decision One: “My Heart”

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Heart

Jesus tells us to love Him with not just some of our hearts but ALL our hearts. He wants us to make Him the center of everything in our lives, starting with who we love most.

Life Verse Part Three: Focus It!

Life Verse Part Three: Focus It!

While the voices and words of this world bombard us, we each get to choose whose voices and words we focus on! Let’s talk about focusing on God’s voice!

May You Pray…for HOPE Along the Way

As Christians, God invites us to look beyond what our physical eyes can see to the hope of what He has for us. Let’s pray for hope along life’s way!

May You Pray…to Know Jesus Better Today

The more we know Jesus, the more we recognize Him. We want to experience real relationship with Him and pray for other people to know Him better, too!

May You Pray…For People Each Day

When someone matters to us, one of the best things we can do for them is to pray for them! As we remember others in our prayers, our God “remembers” to listen to us!

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Makes Our Jesus Stories Personal

Sane, rational people don’t just give up their lives for an illusion or hoax; they must be convinced something is really important. This was true in ancient times, and it’s true today.

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Celebrates the Details

Paul wrote that “of first importance” is the message of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. If the Gospel is true, then it should affect everything about us, including our celebrations.

WHY IS EASTER SO IMPORTANT? Easter Reminds Us of the Gospel!

Easter matters because it reminds us of the Gospel, and the Gospel matters because it affects our lives and eternity. At Easter we wholeheartedly celebrate this truth, but every day we want to live it.

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Body

The world wants us to learn many, many things about our bodies except how “to control” them. However, God wants His people “be sanctified,” which means “set apart” or different from the world.

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Mind

Our world says you can think anyway you want about anything you want. This philosophy leads every direction except closer to Jesus. Only by setting our minds on Him do we actually draw closer to Him.

The Heart // Mind // Body Decisions: Heart

Jesus tells us to love Him with not just some of our hearts but ALL our hearts. He wants us to make Him the center of everything in our lives, starting with who we love most.

Life Verse Part Three: Focus It!

While the voices and words of this world bombard us, we each get to choose whose voices and words we focus on! Let’s talk about focusing on God’s voice!

What Shall We Say About… Prayer during the Pandemic

Kids, today we pray. TODAY WE PRAY.

It’s pretty clear what God wants us to do during time of pestilence and disease. He wants us to fall on our faces and cry out to Him, in humility, repentance and faith. So let’s pray today!!!

What Shall We Say about St Valentine

The man who inspired Valentine’s Day was a man who loved God and people with all his heart. His true story set an example of love for us to follow!

What Shall We Say About Salvation

How do we lead our children to understand salvation? Is it our job…or God’s? My journey in asking God how to lead my kids to Him has been a gift.

What Shall We Say About… Fear

The current coronavirus pandemic is a strategic time to disciple our kids about FEAR! How God’s Word says we should handle fear in our lives, whatever that fear is for each of us.

What Shall We Say About… Endurance

I have never been pushed so far outside my comfort zone and for so long. Yet, I learned during my personal ‘Crucible of Starvation and Sleep Deprivation’ that the darkest and coldest valleys provide the greatest opportunity to reinvent ourselves, grow, and move closer to God.

What Shall We Say About… Purpose During the Pandemic

As the body of Christ, this season is our chance to rise up and live for more than ourselves. In Jesus’ Name, we can love and help others just like God has loved and helped us.

What Shall We Say About… St Patrick

How do we translate our relationship with the Lord to those He’s entrusted to us? How do we speak Him into their lives? It’s an outgrowth of Seeking Him.

What Shall We Say About… In Fear, Take Heart

In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainties and changes I had to stop and ask myself one very important question: “What am I going to focus on?”

What Shall We Say About Santa

The real Santa was a generous man who loved Jesus and loved others. What shall we say to the children about him? We should say his is an example to follow!

What Shall We Say About… Seeking Him and Speaking Him

How do we translate our relationship with the Lord to those He’s entrusted to us? How do we speak Him into their lives? It’s an outgrowth of Seeking Him.

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