I’ve wanted to do better at writing this blog. Unfortunately, I haven’t, but not for lack of content. There have been a lot of different changing and moving parts in my life of late. The first story of Stephen was published this year, which has brought book signings and many other new experiences that are much like starting and running a new business. It has been time consuming.
Then, as the school year came to a close, one of my daughters (the one I call “Princess”) graduated. I couldn’t be more proud. She’s been accepted into the college of her choice and successfully auditioned to be a Marching Ballerina. She is driven and determined. She loves God and people. She is the kind of person that will make some lucky man want to be better than he is one day.
And there is also today, Memorial Day. This day reminds me of a special anniversary that will take place in the next couple days, the passing of my brother. My brother was the kind of person that never quite seemed to get life figured out – not that any of us do. But, just when Scott would seem to finally get settled, something dramatic would shift in his life. It could be a divorce, marriage, jobs, injuries, etc. He was extremely smart, but just couldn’t help but make bad choices at the worst possible times. At the age of 38, he joined the U.S. Army and finally seemed to be doing something that fit his needs. It wasn’t something he could walk away from, nor did he want to. He felt as though he could be a mentor to some of the younger men, to help them by sharing his experiences. And, he did. At the age of 41, Scott passed after coming home with injuries from Iraq. His youngest son has lived with us since and is now 17. Scott has been gone for nearly 4 years.
These are just some of the things that have been on my mind recently, and they are a lot to think about. I’ve also been working on book two, working a regular full-time job, volunteering at church, participated in a friend’s wedding and bachelor party, and much more. And, I am tired! My wife is wonderful and does a lot more to help than she has too. Still, it’s a lot that I try to take on myself and it wears me mentally, physically, and spiritually. So, what do I do?
I have trained in Tae Kwon Do at one place or another for most of my life. At the school where I achieved the rank of black belt, there was one thing that you had to do without fail to get promoted. If you were unable to do this one thing, it would certainly mean you would not get promoted, even if ever technique performed was perfect – quote Psalm chapter 1. This became a mantra to me, something that gave me strength. As I would run 3 miles each day and work out four to five hours each day, I would recite it in my head. This continues today. When I feel weak or overwhelmed, I turn to this chapter and recite it in my head or aloud, whatever the need is. This chapter had become my personal battle cry! “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…” I am not perfect. But this scripture reminds me that in the hard times to stay the path that God Almighty has set for me, not deviating to the left or right. However, when I do stray, allow God to put me back on that path.
Thanks for letting me share, and God Bless
Kenyon T. Henry