A moment of honesty. This was our seventh year attending the MACHE conference and we had never attended a Keynote Speaker session. I know, it’s crazy! We were starved for time with each other. We needed to remember we were once fun people. We needed a glimpse of our former fun selves.
However, this year was different. This year I really wanted to hear Steve Scheibner. He is the pilot who was suppose to fly the first plan that flew into the first trade tower on 9/11. I remember the fear and uncertainty that day. I knew that my cousin and best friend was suppose to be arriving on the subway in Manhattan. I knew she would be arriving like the did everyday under the first trade tower. It would be early afternoon before we knew if she was a live, injured, or worse. I praise God everyday he spared her life, while I grieve knowing others were not spared. In light of all the emotions that still surface from that day, I wanted to hear Steve’s testimony. Steve’s son Peter Scheibner directed the film and told his dad’s story. I pray you are encouraged and moved by it as I was.
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What I didn’t realize is that Steve and his wife Megan (who also has a blog) are also gifted in encouraging and giving helpful tools for marriages, parenting, and living fully for God.
Here are some things I learned from the sessions they taught:
1. You learn as much from your failures as you do your successes.
2. Teaching our kids self-control at a young age is important.
3. It is worth it to teaching our kids to make the hard choice that will make life easier down the road.
4. I need to listen more than I talk, listen before I talk
5. Do I have expectations I’m not communicating, which is creating a barrier in my communication with Mark.
6. Deal with an issue when it’s small and don’t let it build to a bigger issue.
7. I need to create structure in our home and be on my game. I need to make sure our house is in order, go to bed, instead of staying up late. Routine feels boring to adults, but toddlers need routine to feel secure. Secure toddlers are more obedient and peaceful.
8. Am I living my life as if I am living on borrowed time.
9. Am I living for God or man? What does God want me to do with my time on earth? Am I running that direction?
10. I find it interesting that often times when I hear speakers such as Steve and Megan I end up with more questions than answers. However, the questions lead to answers that often change the mental and physical direction I am living life.
I enjoyed every single session they taught. They are at the heart of Russell’s Adventures mission. Steve and Megan truly transparently share their lives out loud. I have linked their blogs in this articles. Make sure you check them out! They offer experience, wisdom, and encouragement! They are everyday folks, who have lived extraordinary circumstances, and they have asked Jesus to live in them and work through them!