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Jesus Take the Wheel

📷 credit: Etsy https://tinyurl.com/kj4b28pr

Two young men were heard discussing the quote Jesus Take the Wheel while sitting in their car.  

The first young man asked his buddy, “You know that saying Jesus take the wheel? Where did that even come from? There’s no biblical evidence that Jesus even knew how to drive.”

The second young man answered, “Bro, Jesus drove a Honda.”

Startled, the first young man questioned, “WHAT?”

The second young man responded with great confidence in his knowledge of scripture, “Do you not read the bible? He didn’t like talking about it. John Chapter 12 verse 49, He says, “For I do not speak of my own accord.”  😀

While that second young man clearly does not understand the true meaning of this verse, I’m proud of him because at least he knew what the verse said. I didn’t know the verse so of course I looked it up to read the whole chapter and learn why Jesus said that. John 12:47-50 reads:

47 “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.

48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.

49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.

50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

Basically, the last verses in John 12 can be quickly summarized like this: Some folks believed in Jesus and some did not. Pretty much sums up today, doesn’t it? And, what really breaks my heart is Christianity has dropped almost 12% in the last few years (Max Lucado, 2022). So sad!

When I get frustrated with circumstances or people or whatever, a way to call out to Jesus can be a simple “Jesus, take the wheel.” In his song “See Me through It” Brandon Heath explains why this works… “Things are gettin’ real, Jesus take the wheel. I don’t got this, I know YOU got this. I know you’ll see me through it!” In other words, “HELP, Lord, this is out of my control, and you are bigger than any burdens I will face so I need your help.”

My colleague and friend is often heard saying this. Out of the blue, I’ll hear the voice in the corner office next to mine say out loud, “Jesus! Take the wheel.” Advising almost 100 students can do that to a professor. It’s her code for asking “let’s go for a walk or something” so out the office doors we go to walk the hallways for a little while. I appreciate this about her. She’s real and open and honest, and she would do the same for me. All I would have to say is “Jesus, take the wheel” and she would just know.

Is there someone in your office or school district or classroom who is struggling and may need to go for a walk? Share the code with them and make a promise to each other that when you hear “Jesus, take the wheel,” you’ll take a Jesus break together.  

Yes, Jesus, take the wheel. I give you thanks and honor and glory today and every day (Psalm 86:12). I believe, Lord! Help my unbelief (Mark 9:24). When life gets me down protect me from trouble and keep your loving eye on me (Psalm 32:7-8). Give me the courage to totally trust you today (Proverbs 3:5) and to know you will see me through all my troubles because with you all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Take the wheel, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

Stay Calm & Let Him Take the Wheel!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V.   

From Summer Daze to School Days

So it’s true! We are head-over-tail in love with school! Literally! As a new school year gets underway, we are ready to learn – and to play! Meet this furry student, Stella. She is the newest member of class. The boys are her BFFs – also heading into another year of learning!

Meet Stella
                            Meet Stella

BLOG boys to school
                           Stella’s BFFs

Transitioning from summer to school can be tough. Even with the excitement of a new year, it can leave us out of sorts as we start a “regular” schedule and get back into the routine of school.

Here are some helpful tips to get us on the right track! This is for students, parents, furry friends, and maybe even professors as we head back to school. 🙂
Stella and her pals – human and furry – are sharing advice for school success.

First the basics…

*Be sure to think about looking your best. It can help you act your best. First impressions are important in this world of ours – so aim to make your first impression your best.

Bathe regularly :)
         Bathe regularly 🙂

*Drink lots of water. It is important for our brains to stay hydrated as we try to learn and understand new concepts.

BLOG dogs in the pool   BLOG dogs water    BLOG kids in the pool

*Get enough exercise. We need to be physically active to help our brains.

Walk & Talk - check!
                           Walk & Talk – check!

*Get some rest! The change in routine can wear on us so we need to establish an earlier bedtime and be consistent with it.


Once you have that down-pat, move on down the list to more advanced advice…

*Be comfortable with who you are. Don’t try to be anyone else but yourself. You are the best at being you. So Relax – you’ve got this!

Just chillin'
                   Just chillin’                     Stella gets “being herself” confused with her nap time it seems.

*Find a friend to talk to and share about your day. It’s important to be brave, but it’s also important to just “get it out of your system” with a friend.

This is how the story goes...
              This is how the story goes…

*Find something that you like and stick with it. The world will push and pull you in many directions; as it aims to shape you, stick with your favorites even with pressure to change. It may not make sense to other, but if it works for you, stay the course.

I wonder if they will notice if I take this gem for a cruise...????
I wonder if they will notice if I take this gem for a cruise…????  They keep telling me no, but I won’t give up trying…

*Play nicely with others. Enough said.

If Garfield and Ode can do it, why can't we?
If Garfield and Ode can be friends, why can’t we?

*Don’t forget to read – for learning and for enjoyment.

BLOG Jackson reading to Stella         BLOG Jonah reading to Stella          BLOG JR reading to Stella

*Take on a new challenge. Go for it. We dare you. If you aren’t learning and growing and stumbling along the way, the journey just isn’t the same. Make it worth it!

College life!
Katie at college! No puppies allowed though so we are sending out love the distance to her!

*Get your priorities set – include time to work and time to play. We aren’t mental health professionals, but we do know that all work and no play can leave us exhausted and without purpose.

BLOG JR swing       BLOG girls fun      BLOG doggie friend

*When you go out in the world, find a buddy. Life isn’t as scary with a buddy by your side to take on the challenges that lie ahead.

BLOG doggies
                             I’ve got you!

Woof! Woof!
              Woof! Woof!

Sounds like common sense, right? Even if it doesn’t, we are firm believers that even old dogs can be taught new tricks! Stella is excited to formally start doggie school next week… stay tuned for an update on her formal schooling experience. Wondering if they will be using 21st century teaching and learning strategies and integrate technology….hmmm….?

Enjoy the school year! Bark on! 🙂

Stay Calm & Lead On!
Profs Dr. C. & Dr. V.

What We Learned about Leadership from Chef Alton Brown

Argus Leader
                    Google Images

Food Network star, celebrity chef, and bestselling author, Alton Brown is the infamous host of Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. His humorous commentary will cause several occasions of LOLs throughout these shows. Last night, those LOLs echoed throughout the Sioux Falls pavilion as Alton nailed his performance Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.

Throughout his performance, Alton Brown entertained all of us with his storytelling, his quick wit, his demonstrations, his inventiveness, and his passion. We see how these qualities apply to all educational leaders. And seriously…aren’t we educators prone to entertainment and performance these days? Below we share our insights on these six entertaining talents needed for leaders:

Performance: Educational leaders perform every day…in the classrooms, in the office, in the boardroom, in the decisions we make. When you think about it, every single one of us is a performer each and every day. Great performers include their audiences, and Alton did just that. He talked with us; he asked for volunteers; he included us. Educational leaders: don’t go at your performance alone; involve your people. Are you acting solo?

Storytelling: Alton had our laughing muscles hurting as he told stories from his first time on Iron Chef Japan. We were captivated by his recreation of the time he had to eat trout ice cream. Yes, you read that correctly…trout ice cream! Ice cream that contained not just trout pieces, but the WHOLE fish. Educational leaders need to be storytellers. We must capture the positive happenings in our schools. We can share these stories with the community through social media and other appropriate means. If we don’t tell our school’s story, someone else will. Who is telling your story?

Humor: We laughed so hard we cried. Alton can get his audience laughing through his stories, his facial expressions, and the sometimes pun that he used. Educational leaders can do the same. Laughing with your people daily will build respect among your people, and will ease frustration and uncertainty. Young and old alike remember the educational leader who could make them laugh. Get a dose of some daily humor by checking out some educational puns. Who did you share a laugh with today?

Demonstrations: Alton created an ice cream maker using a fire extinguisher. A VERY LARGE fire extinguisher. He demonstrated for the audience on how this ice cream maker works. Alton asked his volunteer to put on safety glasses to ensure protection just in case something blew up. Educational leaders need to demonstrate protection for their people; to not just tell the “how” of a situation but also the “why.” This will earn trust and respect, which will protect educational leaders from those possible blow-ups in school. Did you remember to put on your safety goggles today?

Argus Leader
                       Argus Leader

Inventiveness: Easy Bake Oven…Alton wanted one of those when he was a kid. He took care of that desire by inventing his own version of the Easy Bake Oven. Alton’s assistant rolled it out onto the stage, and voila, Alton unveiled his Mega Oven. Alton’s assistant didn’t know how to flip a pizza. Alton taught her. Educational leaders need to be inventive by creating new ideas within the four walls of the school. If the people they lead are unsure, then the educational leader must teach them. Include them in the inventive brainstorming. What did you bake today?

Argus Leader
                    Argus Leader

Passion: For two hours and 45 minutes, Alton had the attention of the audience. How does a person engage the audience for that long without boredom setting in? Passion. Alton was very passionate about what he did. His voice was enthusiastic; his actions were enthusiastic. It was obvious he was on an adventure with us, and he was filled to the brim with passion. Educational leaders need to lead with this same sense of passion and share that passion with your people – students, staff, stakeholders. What are you passionate about?

Stay Calm & Lead On!

Profs Dr. C. & Dr. V.