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How to Thrive in College

My one thought from college: I had so much free time.  I thought I was busy, but looking back I had more free time than have ever had since and will ever have again, hopefully.  College students – use your time wisely.

How to Thrive in College

by Alex Chediak

College should be a temporary season of academic preparation and personal growth to propel a lifetime of effective service to God and neighbor. It should be a launching pad into all that goes with responsible Christian adulthood. Yet for some it’s a time when they abandon the Christian faith, displaying that they never really belonged to Christ (1 John 2:19). For others, their faith remains intact, but they waste their college years with video games, partying, and other frivolities — an expensive vacation funded by Mom, Dad, and (often) debilitating student loans.

Today, seven out of ten high school graduates immediately go on to college, but about 30% will never become sophomores, and almost half will not have graduated even six years later.1 Many who do graduate move right back home with their parents, assuming little responsibility and armed with little ambition for Christ.

 Own Your Faith

I’m convinced that you should not just survive college but thrive at college. Don’t just maintain your faith, but really come to own it — growing thick, strong roots (1 Timothy 4:12). Don’t just perpetually visit churches but find one to join — one that clearly proclaims the gospel, practices vibrant worship, and welcomes you into authentic iron-sharpening-iron community. You need a good church off campus as much as you need strong Christian friendships on campus.


How to Tear a Phone Book in Half – The Art of Manliness

Find the secret to tearing a phone book in half.  A recent post from The Art of Manliness blog.  I’ve tried and it works!

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Like most people, I’ve long stopped using the phone book to look up phone numbers and use Google instead. But like most people, I still get a giant phone book delivered to my door every single year. I typically just toss it into the recycling bin as soon as I get it, but this year I didn’t.

Instead I tore my phone book in half with my bare hands. And then I recycled it.

Tearing a phone book in half is a classic strongman feat of strength. Old-time strongmen like George F. Jowett amazed spectators in the 1920s and 30s with phone book tearing demonstrations. As a kid, I remember watching the Power Team rip through thick phone books during school assemblies while simultaneously warning us kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

While tearing a phone book in half does require strength, there’s also a trick to it (though some strongmen can tear phone books without using it). Below, our very own Mr. Know Your Lifts — who enjoys ripping things up when he’s not pumping iron — demonstrates how to tear a phone book in half with your bare hands in five simple steps.

Step 1: Grab Phone Book With Both Hands

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Place your thumbs on top and your fingers underneath one of the edges of the phone book (excluding the edge that is the binding). You can either tear the phone book by its length or its width — either way it will be impressive.


Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

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Every year I go through the decision making process of whether or not to run the Kentucky Derby Festival half marathon.  I have not graduated up to the full marathon yet for one main reason.  That reason and the decision making process all centers around one key element: TIME.

I have determined that busyness is a relative term.  Before we had kids, I thought I was busy.  Now that we have kids, I think “What did we use to do with all our time?”  Every new stage of life a person enters into comes with its own set of challenges that seem to take up all of our time.  I would imagine that in a few years when we enter into the next phase of life and the demands for our time changes, we will once again ask ourselves, “What did we use to do with all our time?”

So even though TIME is the key element in my decision making process, it is not because I am busy or don’t have enough it.  It is because I value it and want to use it wisely.  I have a wife and two children that I love to give my time.  Going into training mode requires that the time that I have with those people gets diminished.  Do I value running in the half marathon more than the time I have with my family?

For a full marathon, I can expect to double that commitment in time each day and duration of the training program.  My training program for a half is about 2 good months, which is pretty short.  I would expect to train for four months for a full.

So the question remains and will remain for at least a few more weeks.  Everything you need to know to participate in the KDF marathon can be found here or from one of the links below.

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