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Day 1: GI Joe, the Apostle Paul, and the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Like most boys, I didn’t grow up playing with dolls but with action figures. My favorite was GI Joe. Like girls looked to Barbie to act out their futures, so us boys used Joe to go to war, to save the world, and to conquer the dirt mound. But in 1984, the brand took a hit because of the Cold War so Hasbro writer Larry Hama created a groundbreaking comic book.

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Day 11: Sports, Maturity, and Growing in the Disciplines of Faith

As a volleyball coach for many years, I know about coaching, and I know that if an athlete wants to get better at her sport she has to practice, she has to work hard at her game and build upon what she’s already good at. While a few of my athletes would complain about practice time, the majority realized that without practice they wouldn’t be able to win a single game.

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Day 14: Pets, Rocks, and Growing to Become More Like Jesus

When I was little, I wanted a dog really bad, any pet really, but my parents didn’t want any more mouths to feed in our big family, so they bought me a pet rock. Yeah, back in the 70s pets that couldn’t eat were all the rage. Gary Dahl, the rock’s inventor, became a millionaire by selling ordinary rocks in little doggie carrying cases.

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Day 25: Charles Dodgson, Impossible Things, and Growth

In 1865, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote a book about a girl who is now a household name. Of course you won’t know her until I tell you what name he wrote her book under, Lewis Carroll. Now you know her? Alice’s Adventures are now classic works known by kids all over the globe.

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Day 37: Pigs, Commitment, and Looking Out For the Little Guy

I didn’t grow up on a farm, but we did have three acres of land behind our house and, at different times, we had a goat and some rabbits in addition to our usual population of dogs and cats (along with my brother and four sisters.) One time when I was very young, my mother cooked a chicken dinner at my dad’s request. According to legend, my sisters ate up and finished the feast at which point my father told them it was rabbit; our rabbit! Needless to say my sisters were traumatized!

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Day 42: Dogs, Chasing Cars, and Forgiveness

Growing up as a kid my family always had at least one dog. I still have a great love of dogs. We currently have four now! So it makes sense that one of my favorite books growing up was about a dog; a big red dog named Clifford. Clifford was different from other dogs because he was so big, sometimes he appeared around 25 feet tall!

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