What Others Are Saying:

Steve Case, through his emersion into the story, reminds us that the presence of the divine surrounds us continually and he teaches us how to tap into that presence.

 - Mary Beth Howe, Author:A Baptist Among Jews


Actual Size

When my daughter got married I bought a new suit.  I also bought a new white shirt.  The shirt came from a shop called Casual Male XL.  I’m already getting a catalog called King Size.  It makes you wonder how many nice ways they can come up with to say “tall and fat”.  

 After buying the shirt I started getting emails from the company. These always seem to come with the FROM address reading “LIVINGXL”

 I don’t think about living “extra large”.  I wear a 3XL shirt but thats not the same thing as living.  You can be alive and not be living.  

 I want to live life ACTUAL SIZE.

 Life is big. There is so much of it out there to experience.  I don’t want to hide and see if it comes to me. I want to find it.  I want to set traps and capture it. I want to let it go then follow it. 

 Living life actual size is being open to everything...the pain and the joy...the fear and the courage...the triumph and the tragedy....the soaring and the falling.  

 Not living life actual size is like putting the same song on your ipod a thousand times and then hitting the shuffle button.

 Not living life actual size is like thinking you are going out on a limb and ordering FRENCH vanilla.  (It’s still vanilla, notice the name.)

 We keep ourselves from living actual size when we say things like...


Oh I could never...

I’m not smart enough...

I’m a wuss...

I’m scared...

People would judge me...

I’d look stupid...

 So what do these matter?  Why do we give the people who would judge or laugh or criticize the authority over our lives?  These people are “medium” people who are wearing 9XL t-shirts and can’t understand why they feel like life doesn’t fit them.

 Live your life.  Live it actual size.

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