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. 

May You Pray Along Life's Way

May You Pray-Along LIfe’s Way

One of the most important keys to any relationship is communication. If you love somebody, you find a way to communicate with them because they matter to you. How is your communication with God? Make prayer a priority!

May You Pray-And Say God’s Praise

God’s works are marvelous, great in wonder; all He does is truly extraordinary! It really comes down to perspective – how we see. Are you looking through the Word’s eyes? Praise Him for ALL the great things He has done!!!

May You Pray

May You Pray-Then Watch and Wait

No prayer is ever wasted. God promises, “When they call on me, I will answer” (Psalm 91:15). He hears every single prayer you pray. They are seeds planted just waiting to spring up. Keep watering and watching!

May You Pray

May You Pray-Three Times a Day

We are reminded many times throughout Scriptures that God wants us to come to Him ALWAYS! In 1 John 5:14 we are reminded to have confidence in this! “He hears us”!

EASTER SEASON: Be Glad

We serve a risen Savior! In His Presence is life and hope, peace and purpose. Because He lives, our lives can be filled with joy and gladness.

Easter Follow Me

EASTER SEASON: Follow Jesus

It’s easy to lose sight of our purpose when life is hard, but Jesus calls us to follow Him through it all. As we follow Him, He will show us how to serve Him and live our purpose.

Easter Take Heart

EASTER SEASON: Take Heart

In the weeks before Jesus’ crucifixion, His disciples were filled with dread about the scary unknown. In spite of everything, Jesus told them to “take heart,” which is another way of saying “be courageous!”

Help in a Pandemic

Pandemic: Fear- God Gives Us Help

God gives us so many gifts to help us through our fears, then we can worship Him by helping others through their fears in His Name.

Pandemic: Fear- God Gives Us Power

Fear is everywhere around us, and the unknown can fill us with dread and worry. But we don’t have to live in fear because God gives us “power, love and sound judgment.” His gifts help us overcome our fear!

Seek Him Speak Him: What Does It Mean to “Speak Him”?

To “Speak Him” is to tell your story of how God is impacting your life. Your “Jesus Story” is one that only YOU can tell; it’s as unique as your fingerprints. Don’t keep this story to yourself!

May You Pray-Along LIfe’s Way

One of the most important keys to any relationship is communication. If you love somebody, you find a way to communicate with them because they matter to you. How is your communication with God? Make prayer a priority!

May You Pray-And Say God’s Praise

God’s works are marvelous, great in wonder; all He does is truly extraordinary! It really comes down to perspective – how we see. Are you looking through the Word’s eyes? Praise Him for ALL the great things He has done!!!

May You Pray-Then Watch and Wait

No prayer is ever wasted. God promises, “When they call on me, I will answer” (Psalm 91:15). He hears every single prayer you pray. They are seeds planted just waiting to spring up. Keep watering and watching!

May You Pray-Three Times a Day

We are reminded many times throughout Scriptures that God wants us to come to Him ALWAYS! In 1 John 5:14 we are reminded to have confidence in this! “He hears us”!

EASTER SEASON: Be Glad

We serve a risen Savior! In His Presence is life and hope, peace and purpose. Because He lives, our lives can be filled with joy and gladness.

EASTER SEASON: Follow Jesus

It’s easy to lose sight of our purpose when life is hard, but Jesus calls us to follow Him through it all. As we follow Him, He will show us how to serve Him and live our purpose.

EASTER SEASON: Take Heart

In the weeks before Jesus’ crucifixion, His disciples were filled with dread about the scary unknown. In spite of everything, Jesus told them to “take heart,” which is another way of saying “be courageous!”

Pandemic: Fear- God Gives Us Help

God gives us so many gifts to help us through our fears, then we can worship Him by helping others through their fears in His Name.

Pandemic: Fear- God Gives Us Power

Fear is everywhere around us, and the unknown can fill us with dread and worry. But we don’t have to live in fear because God gives us “power, love and sound judgment.” His gifts help us overcome our fear!

Seek Him Speak Him: What Does It Mean to “Speak Him”?

To “Speak Him” is to tell your story of how God is impacting your life. Your “Jesus Story” is one that only YOU can tell; it’s as unique as your fingerprints. Don’t keep this story to yourself!

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 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… 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 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… 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.

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… 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… 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 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… 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.

Join the Family!

Email and text messages delivered to your device.
Encouraging verse images and resources at your fingertips.

Join Our Online Communities

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Bring FDM home to others!