S.L.A.M.
Students Living a Message

SLAM NEWSLETTER

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART
LIVING OUT COURAGE TODAY

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the think which you think you cannot.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. Political leader and human-rights activist

Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is when you choose to acknowledge your fear, and look it in the face.

What are you afraid of? Everyone is afraid of something. Are you afraid of failure? Afraid of what might happen if everyone knew that you, Mr. Perfect, got an F in Science? Are you afraid you might be shunned if everyone knew that your parents were divorced, or your dad was an alcoholic, or you’re not really what you say you are? What are you afraid of? If you don’t face your fear head-on, it will never go away.

Often, it’s our fear that keeps us where we are and prevents us from getting close to God and to others. God can use our fear to remind us of our need for him. We need to forget about ourselves and focus on others. If you have a fear of the “unknown,” then try going on a mission trip to a country where you’ve never been. If you are afraid of failure, try something new that you may not be good at. It’s important to acknowledge and confront our fears so we can move past them.
Breaking free from fear is one of the most liberating feelings in the world. By liberating yourself from fear, you open the door of your mind, allowing the room once occupied by fear to be filled with creativity and passion. And when creativity and passion come in and clean things out, you are able to care about more than yourself and your own fears. And that is a good thing.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

2. SURF REPORT
~ Loose Change to Loosen Chains: Check out the MySpace page for Zach and the movement to end slavery. http://www.myspace.com/lc2lc

~ A Girl Like Me: A short film that shows how color is more than skin deep for young African American girls. http://youtube.com/watch?v=17fEy0q6yqc

~ Christian Comics: Check out the coolest comics just for you!
http://christiancomics.net

3. FORGETTABLE FACT
Americans will spend more on cat food this year than baby food.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES
“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“When I found out slavery still occurs today, I was shocked. And I knew I had to do something about it.” – Zach Hunter (age 15)

5. PARTING SHOT
I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

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