by Rich Dixon on July 6, 2016

facing fearHiatus–a fancy name for taking a break.

Perhaps you’ve noticed (or perhaps you haven’t) that Bouncing Back disappeared for a couple of weeks.  We’ve been busy with the FREEDOM TOUR and when I got back I wondered about the direction of this blog.

When I began in 2009 I had a clear focus for this writing. Lately I’m not so certain about the need for two different blogs, especially when I spend a big chunk of time over at Rich’s Ride.

However, I don’t want to make a hasty decision. So I’m taking a break for the summer. I’ll still write at Rich’s Ride which will help me decide if I have ideas to share that don’t fit there.

I’d welcome your thoughts, and I hope you’ll check things out over at Rich’s Ride. We have a cool community there that’s loving and serving God in great ways.

I’ll check back in September. Have a great summer!

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by Rich Dixon on June 13, 2016

Happy Monday!

A question prompts today’s word-of-the-week…


washing feetAre we sincere about service?

I’ve noticed that lots of folks are really good at telling other folks about the virtues of service. I’ve also concluded that I don’t place a lot of weight on the words of those who talk about while always being served.

The guy who’s always out front, who always flies first-class, who never gets his hands dirty–I have a tough time when he tells someone else to wash the dishes.

We did a bike ride last Saturday. The best cyclists did a beautiful 60-mile ride into the Colorado foothills.

One of our strongest riders volunteered to lead the shorter, slower community fun ride designed for less experienced cyclists. He sacrificed his own desire and worked hard to make the shorter ride a lot of fun for everyone. He encouraged kids and got adults to laugh and forget about the distance. No one guessed that he would have preferred to be with the faster group, because he approached the day with a true servant’s heart.

I know different people serve in different ways and I may be guilty here of being a little judgy-judgy. I’ll take the risk.

I’ll take the risk, because fake service isn’t service. I hang out with a group of cyclists who are teaching each other what it means to be authentic servant leaders. One thing that means is that everyone does the nasty jobs. Everyone carries water jugs, loads the trailer, and takes turns riding last.

That’s what Jesus modeled when He washed the disciples’ feet. He didn’t tell them to do it. He actually DID IT. Than He said, “Do likewise.”

That’s one reason why I can follow Jesus with absolute integrity. I know He’s sincere about service because He never asks me to go and do something He wasn’t willing to do Himself.

Jesus isn’t a Go-And-Do-That Leader.

Jesus is a Follow-Me-And-Do-What-I-Do Leader.

He served. He did the dirty work.

Follow Me.

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Happy Monday! A thought to ponder in today’s word-of-the-week… AMPLIFIED When I speak up on an issue that’s not my own, my voice seems to be amplified. It’s why the privileged must speak up for the oppressed. When one speaks up for himself, it’s expected. When someone else speaks for him, someone who has nothing personal to gain, […]

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Memorial Day

All over Facebook folks remind me today’s Memorial Day. All sorts of memes tell me I’m supposed to remember, and I agree remembering is a good thing. Memorial Day ought to be more than an excuse for a three-day weekend. But I wonder–what’s the point of remembering, if all we do is remember? Seems like […]

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Happy Monday! A friend’s sermon title prompts today’s word-of-the-week… SENSE My friend Tom Roepke began a sermon series yesterday: When God Doesn’t Make Sense. I’m sure Tom’s got a great message in mind, but I chuckled when I saw his title. Seriously, God never makes sense. All that nicely worked out theology? The explanations we’ve concocted to rationalize the revealed actions […]

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Happy Monday! Sorry for a really bad pun, but perhaps you’ll be enlightened by today’s word-of-the-week… LAMPS How often do you switch on a lamp so you can look at the light bulb? “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp […]

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Truth Revisited

Happy Monday! A Facebook flashback brings us today’s word-of-the-week… TRUTH My cousin got one of those “Facebook memories” on her timeline last week. She was reminded that three years ago she was emphasizing the importance of always telling the truth with her then four-year-old daughter. Seems like a simple, straightforward concept, right? So after one particular heart-to-heart, […]

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Happy Monday! A blog over at RICH’S RIDE brings us today’s word-of-the-week… WORTH A friend recently made $100 donation to the FREEDOM TOUR. When he hit submit, his credit card was charged $100, the cost of the donation. But what’s his donation worth? All donations to the FREEDOM TOUR go directly to support the kids at […]

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Happy Monday! A challenging story from a wonderful speaker brings today’s word-of-the-week… WAITING Are you waiting for God to make the first move? Mark Batterson, best-selling author and pastor at National Community Church in Washington D.C. was guest speaker at our church this weekend. He talked about prayer. He asked, “If you’re praying for something, do […]

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What About That Setback?

A friend experienced a setback. A “speed bump” is how he described it. I’d say it was more like a major detour, but either way, things aren’t exactly going his way right now. This is a guy who’s had his share of struggle along the road, and things were starting to look a bit brighter. […]

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