WALK IT OUTBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Chris entered my life some 25 years ago and made imprints in my physical life that have carried over into a healthy practice and discipline still “walked out” today.Our relationship began with a simple invite to become her walking partner.Had you known me at that particular time, you would’ve observed that I was not in peak shape nor had I ever entered into a regimented physical discipline.I’m not sure what prompted the invite but I grabbed ahold of it observing it had clearly been a productive discipline in Chris’s life.How hard can walking be, right?I’d like to speak to that question:By the third block of our five mile course on our first day I was ready to call it quits. I recall looking at her out of the corner of my eye hoping she was humoring me.She wasn’t.Welcome to the world of speed walking.Too proud to assert my weariness I managed to complete the first day’s walk which, in hindsight, I still consider a monumental feat.Blisters lined my heels and toes.Sweat permeated my entire frame.Breathing was heavy and laborious.These symptoms were consistently mine for the first month of our walking regiment which consisted of five days a week, no exceptions.I stayed the course.--------Why did I keep walking?The foremost reason was that I enjoyed time with Chris and the budding intimacy that was being developed in our time together and because I possess one of those natures that’s motivated and driven to achieve. The need to be challenged sits in me like an empty tank ready to be filled.Chris happened to be the pump.Her consistent presence in my life was a daily motivator and challenge to me.I continued on because of her.Within about two months, my stride was equal to that of my friend and through the process I began to eat less, walk more, and enjoy a wonderful new friendship.Chris’s walk greatly influenced my own and her invitation to a walk challenged me.-------Praise be to God for the individuals who spark challenge, life, and vibrancy into our lives and evoke healthy challenge and change as a result.Their worth is inestimable and it is to these individuals I attribute three life lessons:1) A walk has the power to change a life.My friend would have laughed at the idea that a simple invitation to take a walk could impose life changing and health altering consequences in my life.But it did.That walk also fostered an intimate friendship that I deeply needed in that period of my life for which I will ever be grateful.A simple walk has the power to do that.We each have the power to contribute something life-changing and meaningful to one another.God has wired us for community!Extend your hand and heart and welcome someone new into your world. Deliberately explore and engage in new life experiences!-----2) Respect and invite challenge.Don’t resist the challenging stride of another even if it looks initially impossible.Take one step toward a challenging individual and tap into new arenas of personal growth.Resist the urge to walk with people of the same gait; you won’t progress or develop muscle this way.You’ll be amazed at what an individual’s stronger stride contributes to your own.You’ll find yourself totally empowered even if you're a little threatened in the beginning.Hold a challenging hand and develop a stronger stride.Engage with a stronger "strider".------3) Blisters become strategic life developers.Those nasty blisters are just no fun but they’re part of the walk. If your walk looks anything like mine, you’re familiar with blisters, bobbles, and burns.Persevere and be encouraged if you’re dealing with them, my friend; they symbolize perseverance, movement, and progression;they're a healthy, though very difficult, part of the journey.Keep on walking.Arrive somewhere life changing ...and connect with community.---------If you're looking for connection, challenge, and meaningful contribution to your journey, feel free to contact me.I’d love to meet up with you, support you, and inspire you.Yours on the journey,Darrelyn L. Tutt / Motivational Speaker + Life Experience CoachSpecializing in Small Group Dynamics605.450.8587
THE BANQUETBy: Darrelyn L. TuttThe "Banquet" is a beautiful stop on our journey of Community and worth a bit of retelling.On June 17, 1985, a group of volunteers decided to "put feet" to the need of feeding "people in need" in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.The start-up began as most start-ups do:with humble roots, hard labor, and not a little of the green stuff.The eyes, hands, and feet of merciful volunteers and visionaries quickly saw the need for expansion and began to accommodate those needs in physical, visible ways. Now, 30 years after the first meal, the Banquet seeks to expand its growing influence yet again. (A building is soon expected to go up near the Nordstrom Johnson building on the fairgrounds.)The desire to feed and fill "growling" tummies, souls, and spirits is being met through the Banquet in practical, tangible ways.Absolutely beautiful and inspiring!"We have become a core feeding ministry in our community. People come and know they will receive a dignified and nutritious meal, provided by people in the community who really care," said Jerke Liesinger.In 2017, 196,000 meals were served and 25,000 of those meals were eaten by children under 12.What a difference compassion can make!----------Hmmm ...Note the word "compass" in compassion,and consider the way that compassion has the power to navigate, steer, and direct.Jesus was the first "complete" primary compassion giver; the "Compass" for men and the true voice to follow in activity.He leaves it now with us and commands us in His word to love openly, forcibly, and compassionately!-Luke 10:25-37-Tonight, I'm going to listen to the "growl" of the hungry and do something about it.I'm going to feed, fill, and fuel hungry souls.Mmmm ...May our lives point to the true "Compass" in compassion.Get out there!-----
By: Darrelyn L. TuttThe past several years have been life changing for me.Altered by the decision to deal openly and concretely with sin, I began to lay my life out in an open way so that Christ could do exactly in me what He told me He had already done for me.Namely: to cleanse me from my sin, to wash me in His blood, and to renew me and restore me to His beautiful self.The ramifications of accepting Christ's "blood letting" on me began to dramatically alter the way that I loved, looked, and lived. I began to see an invisible "blood" circle unite itself around the centrality of God's promises and link hands with me and grant me life and empowerment.I began to experience true fellowship and camaraderie with the saints.I began to recognize the beauty and integrity to be found in sincere truth telling and in the forgiveness of sins. In hindsight, I had never dared to put Christ's blood to the ultimate test on account of pride and fear of man. I was always hiding some little pocket of sin in order to be thought well of, and in order to be liked and retain a position and status among men. It was a poorly run system with the effects of hypocrisy, Phariseeism, and judgement running swiftly and steadily through me.It was certainly not in keeping with the "blood story" of Jesus or conducive for drawing others unto Him.The story was a lot about me and a very little about Him.Hmmm ...-------Suddenly, I couldn't stand myself, my sin, or "my" ugly anymore.The bondage of sin and pride had spread through me like an incurable cancer and I simply grew desperate to be relieved of myself.I wanted to be "hosed down" with the blood and knocked off my feet by its power.I wanted Satan to flee and see the blood on his evil backside and to experience his departure from my life.And Jesus did this for me.I came clean about my sin ... and I've been experiencing more of Him ever since.I no longer have a "position" I fear losing or a "status" I'm working at defending.My present reputation testifies to a sure and complete transfusion of blood from my Savior and nothing more.Nothing has brought me more peace in all my life than this "red" reality. I'm free to live.-------And now I make it my goal to hold on to the first hand I see while holding on to the "blood letting" circle gatherers who have criss-crossed my path and shared their beautiful blood stories with me.We are a community of blood bathed saints, made clean through the blood of Jesus Christ.Our declaration and salvation is birthed, steeped, and realized in Him alone.No man preventing.God created "community" to be empowering, restorative, and revitalizing. This is the community I seek to participate in.All are included and none are excluded ..."Nothing but the blood of Jesus."------PLEASE NOTE THAT THE "READERS AND WRITERS" MONTHLY WRITE-UP IS BEING REPLACED WITH "CREATING COMMUNITY."I hope you'll be blessed.
JOYFUL JANUARYBy: Darrelyn L. TuttThe anticipatory month of January is upon us.It's my perception that many of us are going to encounter and experience a new year teeming with life, joy, and extraordinary possibility. Since January begins and ends with the same letters as joy, the letters in-between January will be our agents for an acrostic which will serve as a "word enablement" to the experience and remembrance of it.JANUARY:J - Journey of Joy A "Journey of Joy" begins with Jesus Christ and a heart, mind, and mouth overflowing with praise to Him. Gratitude, thanksgiving, and praise are the byproducts of life "with" Christ and every time we transfer our thoughts to Him, our tongues translate hope, energy, and power."Seven times a day do I praise Thee because of Thy righteous judgments."Psalm 119:164The moment you begin to implement this blessed truth, your journey of joy will begin.Start this year's journey with Jesus;and implement the habit of beginning each day with Him.------A - ActsRead through the book of Acts this month and combine it with your other enjoyable reads. Composed of 28 chapters, Luke will steer you into redemptive life surging with possibility, opportunity, and joyful expression.You'll meet up with the Holy Spirit and you'll be activated with joy in His presence.*Invest in one new book of the Bible each month and you'll be surprised by what it does for you. ------N - NoteworthyMake your January "note-worthy" with a purchase of a personal journal where you keep notes which are worthy of recording.Choose to make this year's journal a composition of praise, adoration, and thanksgiving.Speak to the positive. Record the positive. Resist and refuse the negative.------U - UnityUnity provides empowerment and we become unified with those of a "like mind".Like minds can be either positive or negative ... so be careful!True unity is built on the life-giving, joy elements of truth, grace, and redemption and seeks to love and draw others into itself.True unity brings deep joy to ourselves and to God the Father.Evaluate your "unity" group and consider its shared theme.------A - Abilities and AvenuesLook for new avenues, this month, to utilize your God-given abilities and be willing to be stretched in order to realize new possibilities.-If you're gifted with music, consider taking on a student who might benefit from your wisdom, experience, and expertise.-Attend a conference or workshop which contributes to growth and new community.-Invite one new individual into your life who is advanced in your "ability" arena and learn from them.Gifts and abilities are "joy enablers."Enjoy them and share them with others.------R - Resolutions!Make them. Have them. Work toward them.Resolutions create purposed living and deep joy in progressively moving toward them.Resolutions keep us moving onward when we're tempted to look backward.Resolutions remind us that we're made for something bigger, and they invite us to explore a larger sphere and bigger potential.Where we are resolved, we are refreshed with renewed vitality and purpose!Consider creating one resolution for each month as a beginning.-------Y - YearThe year of 2019 begins with the month of January and ends with whatever you make it.Dare to do some risk-taking this month.Evaluate what you'd like to see and who you'd like to "be" in the new year and implement a strategy that will get you there.BE PRACTICAL.BE CONCRETE.BE STRATEGIC.Be purposed in your goal setting and create a monthly work-out for yourself that displays your investment in the "becoming."Joy is a byproduct of a purpose filled life.Begin with January and live your life to the full... In 2019.------"The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."-Melodie M.
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