Sunday Sermon and Seriously Underestimating Myself

23 Mar

D.J. Stutley

“Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself. (Unknown)” 
― D.J. Stutley
Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead after being in the tomb for four days. My take on it, short and sweet, if you have faith, if you believe, all things are possible.
“Did I not tell you that if you believe 

you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
“Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me; 
but because of the crowd here I have said this, 
that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
He cried out in a loud voice, 
“Lazarus, come out!”

The dead man came out,…


It was a cloudy morning. Mom went to Mass with me this morning, a special blessing to have Mom visiting with me for a couple of weeks. I call it “double teaming.”  When she was back home in Chicago, I would call her every Sunday on my way to church, and say, “Pray for us sinners.” She would tell me, “You too.”  So, we double teamed all those sinners together this morning, so look out.


I went for an afternoon walk, and while I was walking, I thought, “Darn, I forgot AGAIN!” I had downloaded an app on my phone that would track my walking two weeks ago. I kept forgetting to set it up. People always ask, how far do you walk? I really don’t know. I say “I walk about an hour to an hour and a half in the morning, and about an hour in the evening.” I was never really curious or felt a need to track it, but after about the fiftieth time someone asked, I started to wonder myself. 

I estimated in my mind that an hour was maybe one or two miles, give or take. So, I figured that I walked maybe three or four miles a day. WELL!!!! Boy, did I underestimate myself. I set up the app when I walked this evening. The sun was out and it was a gorgeous night. After so many gloomy days, I was invigorated. My phone spoke to me after 15 minutes and told me I had walked a mile. What? By the time I finished my one hour, I was floored.


(I walked, not ran. Too old to run.)

I walked 1 hour and 6 minutes and walked 4.3 miles! I’ve been walking faithfully pretty much every single day for the past six months, usually twice a day. Of course, I missed 3 or 4 days during the ice storms, but still, that’s a lot of miles. Walking has always been my thing for years. I’ve been determined to walk every day, and also to write every day. I’ve always believed in myself, and if I make a promise, especially to myself, I keep it.

D.J. Stutley

“Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself. (Unknown)” 
― D.J. Stutley

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