This week at the gym, Taylor, our personal trainer, did what he does best. He had John and me push to a new level of activity. We work up to these new levels bit by bit. But when we start something just that much harder, it challenges not only my strength, agility, and endurance but also my confidence. Am I really going to be able to deadlift that weight, hold that plank, lean back and lift my body weight? And yet, somehow it happens – often my first couple of attempts are, well, ugly. I have been thinking about how a human body and a human organization work much the same way. If I don’t exercise and challenge myself, I know exactly what will happen, and you do too. Like a human body, if The KDS stands still for too long and if we resist flexing our organization’s muscle, brain, and creativity, the slow process of decline starts. But it takes such energy and confidence to move ahead. That’s why I thank God for all The KDS leaders who are working hard, striving for that next level and as it says in I Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Christine Dawson
International President

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