Reflections

Fast & reFocus

These days are pretty unusual. Our schedules and daily demands are changing. For some, they have increased. For others, it’s slowed way down. Either way, today is a good day to make a choice about how to make the most of the opportunity of a ‘day’... I want to ask you to do something [...]

You Just Never Know

This Veterans Day, BENCHMARK thanks all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, and especially Lieutenant Junior Grade Hollis E. Johnson, USNR, for sharing his perspective with us as summarized in the following post: It was August 1958, 02:40 at a latitude below the southernmost tip of Africa with no horizon in sight. The sky [...]

By |November 10th, 2019|0 Comments

11 Minutes

Will you take 11 minutes this Good Friday to reflect on Him? Will you plan to spend 11 minutes tomorrow on this Good Friday Reflection?: 1. Use 3 minutes to consider the significance of someone who is willing to lay down his or her life for you. Think about a parent, a first responder, a Soldier, even a [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Why I Serve

We want to thank Karoline Winchester, 7-year Appalachian Trail Outreach volunteer, for her remarkable service and for sharing her perspective with us all on the following post: I believe that one of the most important aspects of outreach and ministry is meeting people where they are. It means so much more to people when you step into their [...]

Being there…

I don’t usually go on the AT Outreach.  Historically it has been a dad/daughter trip in our family.  This year things were different.  I was going to have faith and trust that my husband, recovering from a serious heart attack, would be just fine there in the woods, near the trail, in the environment he loves.  I was not planning [...]

By |April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Reflection, help to find the pearls of life

As a teacher I create active learning experiences. While I like adventure I like even more the pearls of life that can be found as a part of an adventure. Finding those pearls of life and learning from adventure, or any other part of life for that matter, doesn't just happen. I've often said, "As good Americans we move from [...]

Marathon

I plan to run another marathon this Saturday. Last year was my 15th Country Music Marathon here in Nashville, TN. It's the only marathon I've ran and am one of only 38 who has ran all fifteen.  Only ~8 people have ran the full each year. As my fellow 15-year runner and 16th year registrant Larry Epps puts it, "I [...]

By |April 19th, 2015|4 Comments

I Need Benchmark More Than Benchmark Needs Me

A Guest Post By Jessica Folsom (pictured above in red jacket) On a scale of 1-10, I’d like to pride myself on being an eight when it comes to being fiercely independent.  If I can figure out a way of accomplishing a task without asking anyone for help, I’ll do it.  However, the older I’ve become, experience has taught me [...]

By |February 12th, 2015|1 Comment

Post Christmas Prayer

On the cusp of our Christmas celebration, will you oh God, make yourself known in the middle of violence, anger, injustice, military involvement, corporate misdealing, political messes, materialism and narcissism, just as you did when Christ came. Quietly. Purposefully. At just the right time. Would you do something else amazing and help people to see Christ in