Use It or Lose It

by Larry Hehn on August 16, 2013

use it or lose itMy legs used to be in pretty good shape. Until seven weeks ago, that is, when I injured my right hamstring at a softball game. I had to be helped off the field.

After four weeks of nursing the leg, I was able to walk without a limp. Today I can run (gingerly, at half speed and over very short distances) without any pain. I’m even back at the diamond once a week.

But the recovery is far from over.

I used to walk to and from my office twice a day on weekdays, a total of about 2-1/2 miles. But, after driving to and from work for the last few weeks instead, my legs are out of shape.

I can’t complete the walk at my normal speed without my leg getting stiff and sore. When I try to run at my usual speed or attempt any feats of strength or endurance, my legs turn to Jell-O.

It’s a classis case of Use It or Lose It.

It only takes a short time of not using your muscles, your mind, your talents – or even your money, according to Henry Ford – for them to start dwindling. I was amazed at how much and how quickly the strength and endurance in my legs faded with lack of use.

God has blessed us each with a unique blend of gifts, and we were meant to use them. Just like with my legs, it might surprise you how much and how quickly they can fade if you don’t.

What are your gifts, and how are you using them?

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson

“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” – Matthew 25:29

“So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” – Luke 8:18


How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

by Larry Hehn on April 8, 2013

How Do You Kill 11 Million PeopleToday is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi regime under Adolf Hitler institutionally killed more than 11 million people.

As we pause today and remember those atrocities, hoping and praying that something like that will never happen again, we need to pay attention to folks like author Andy Andrews who ask the hard question – how do you kill 11 million people?

How can such devastation be allowed to happen? How can more than 11 million people be led to their deaths? What would cause a society to go so far sideways? And what can we do to prevent that sort of thing from ever happening again?

Because unless we know and recognize the things that set such wheels in motion in the first place, history is destined to repeat.

The plain and simple truth, he discovered, was that you kill 11 million people by lying to them.

In his book How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Andrews reveals the dangers of leaders who lie, and more importantly, a population that trusts such people to lead them.

Andy Andrews is an advocate of truth. How Do You Kill 11 Million People is a call to action, specifically to the people of the United States, but also to the world in general, to demand truth from our leaders and to take an active, informed, passionate role in shaping our society.

We’ve seen what can happen without it.

It’s up to you and me to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

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Cartoon: Responsibility

by Larry Hehn on December 24, 2012

At the end of each year, I like to take a few days off, recharge my batteries, and spend some extra time with family and friends. This year, I’m also putting the finishing touches on a book proposal. What a perfect time to share the 10 most popular posts of the past year here at Christian in the Rough!

Surprisingly, most of the “Top 10” were not published in 2012, so you may not have seen these in a while, if ever! Over the next few days, we will be counting down the Christian in the Rough Top 10 for 2012. Here’s number four…


“C’mon, slowpoke! Can’t you go any faster?!”