Saturday, December 29, 2012 • Vancouver, WA 98682
On Christmas Eve we watched the new Batman Movie. I know, not quite the Christmas memory, but the kids enjoyed it. Anyway, even though I was leaning more toward a Christmas themed movie, I got sucked in. Two things in that movie caught my attention. First... Never give up. Even though Batman was in that prison and was told there was no way he could get out, he NEVER gave up. Second .... The power of Hope. The baddy tried to use hope as a bad thing, but it turned out to be his undoing. When a person Hopes, even beyond hope, anything is possible. I am reminded of a person right in my area in Vancouver. His name is Tyler Burton. In case you haven't heard the story, He was going to College in California and in October he walked passed a guy, possibly bumped him as he walked, but the guy up and punched him so hard that Tyler fell, smacking his head on the concrete and caused severe brain damage. He was in a coma for months, had several brain surgeries and his parents were told there was no hope. He was scheduled to have his organs removed to give transplants to others. But Tyler was a fighter and his parents had hope. A month later, Tyler, whose doctors said would never walk, talk or be able to do anything is back in Vancouver talking up a storm and learning how to walk again. Hope is a powerful thing. When a person is overweight or the other O word. (You know what it is), they often have been told so many times negative things and that they will always be fat. But I want you to HAVE HOPE! Because that's not true. You CAN lose weight! You CAN be healthy! You CAN have a wonderful, happy, active life totally beyond what you ever thought it could be. So grab that hope and hold onto it with both hands. I know you can do it.