Who needs an ACL?!

On December 28, 2014 my co-ed indoor soccer career took a huge setback.  I wasn’t doing anything stupid (unless you are one of the people who think playing soccer at 35 is stupid).  I was just going up to head ball an airborne soccer ball.  There was nobody real close to me.  I didn’t get taken out by some genetically altered female (although that did happen to me in 5th grade).  I just landed on it funny.


good aclbad acl(Thanks Orlin & Cohen for the images)

Suddenly my knee transformed, much to my dismay, from the top image to the bottom image.  I especially like the redness around the tear in the bottom image, it really gores it up!  I also tore the medial meniscus, just for good measure.

I will spare you all the details, but after many phone calls to doctors, health insurance, etc. I am in pre-op rehab.  I hope to have my surgery scheduled soon.

I know in my head that the Lord promised that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord… but my heart is having a tough time with it currently.  I know both sides of this conversation.  “Feel sorry for me, I’m on crutches” – “It could be worse, you could be in a wheelchair” – “I can’t do anything productive” – “There are a lot of things you can do sitting at a desk!”

I could go on and on.  However, each and every one of us has some version of this conversation in our head almost every day.  So, instead of feeling sorry for yourself or dismissing the feelings you have about your situation make a decision to look into the most important measurement in your life.

That 18 inches from my head to my heart…




You Are the Reason

Personal Responsibility is a hot topic these days.  It does not matter what side of the political fence you are on, everyone wants other people to be more accountable to themselves.  By very definition, this is the wrong way to look it.  The easiest faults to see in others are gaps in integrity.  The truth is that you can only change yourself, no matter how hard you try to change others.

So, why should you want to be more personally responsible?  I have two reasons why I want to take more responsibility in my life.

  1. My irresponsibility will eventually become someone else’s responsibility.  The government and current welfare system is a great example of this fact.  There are people out there that really need some short-term help to get on their feet.  There are others that require a lifetime of help due to illness, injury, or another long-term issue.  However, there are many people out there that just enjoy sitting at home without a job taking advantage of a system that can not possibly police itself.  When someone fails to pull their own weight, someone else has to pay the way for them.  I do not want for my responsibilities to fall onto someone else.
  2. I know that we are all designed for greatness.  Every single one us are made to do great things.  It is why we were created, why we are drawn to movies about super heroes, why we read books where the underdog wins over the better equipped.  We want to be someone’s hero.  We ARE designed to be better than we can imagine.

“Everybody is a genius.  But, if you judge a fish by his ability climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

Personal Responsibility begins with finding the right answers.  The right answers can not be found without first asking the right questions.  In my opinion there are is only one good question:  HOW (or what) can I (or other personal pronoun) ACTION VERB to IMPROVE (whatever your subject matter is)?  If you ask questions that start with why, when or who it zaps your ability to do what needs to be done.

It is much easier to wonder when someone else will do something to help your situation than it is to get up and do something for your self.  I want to make sure everyday I get to be on this earth, I do the best I can to acknowledge that I am where I am because of what I do, and only I can change that.

In light of this post, I guess the title should be: I am the reason.

What can I do to make my life better?

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