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There is a TV show that my wife and I have come to love: The Good Doctor. Freddie Highmore plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, a very talented young intern who happens to have Autism. Nicholas Gonzales plays Dr. Neil Melendez, the Chief of Surgery at the hospital.

One episode had an African woman who came to America with her dying son to find a Dr. who could help them. Dr. Melendez was totally against operating on the kid because he felt like there was no way it could succeed. Dr. Murphy, however, came up with a slim but worthwhile option to try. When Dr. Melendez dismissed the idea, Dr. Murphy asked him: “Is the potential to fail a reason not to try?” Dr. Melendez admitted that it was not a good reason.

It was a great question and worthy of digesting. They started collaborating and came up with a few viable options. They went into surgery and through trial and error, found the way to help the boy’s heart keep beating.

Here are some takeaways:

  • Almost everything you face has options. There are probably a few exceptions, but most of the time you do have options; you just have not thought of them yet.
  • There are options within options. When you face one obstacle that does not mean it is the end of the road, just a detour. Look for other ways to make it happen, then determine: What is the best way?
  • Just because everyone says, “It won’t work,” does not mean they are right. If you have a dream for something you want to be or do, don’t let anyone steal your dream. Get creative, collaborate, and search for options.
  • Options give us two things: hope and choices. We need both in order to have any meaning to life. If there is no hope, then life is pointless, but….there is always hope. Hope is there when you can’t see it, feel it, hear it, smell it, or taste it. Even if you don’t believe it, hope is there. You just might have to be reminded of it.
  • Faith takes hope to the next level.

Whatever obstacles you might be facing today, don’t lose hope.  


Dan Skognes

Mission Trip to Guatemala 2017

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My mission trip to Guatemala in video….

Posted by Dan Skognes on Sunday, December 10, 2017

Prayer for Our World

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Why God Made Women

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What Race Are You?

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Group of hands holding national flags.We live in a multicultural country. It is a microcosm of our world. One of the beautiful things about America is our diversity. You can find every continent of the world represented here. The beauty and wonder of our diversity, however, has its thorns.

We are not born hating other races. We learn prejudice through our own culture and through personal experience. Prejudice is a sad and sick way to view other people. Watch little kids. They are colorblind. When they talk about their friend, they don’t describe them with color. They describe them with love. We are not better than one another. We are just different. Why should our race be a dividing point? Why can’t we just respect one another and peacefully co-exist?

The answer is actually simple, but implementing it is the challenge. What is the one thing that cures racism? Love. When you love someone regardless of their race, you are starting to see people the way God does. He does not look at the outside. He does not care if you are red, white, black, brown, or purple. He looks at your heart. He loves everyone regardless of race and expects us to love one another as well.

Racism exists within every culture, and the only way to eliminate it is through love and respect. We have to come to the point where we don’t see ourselves as better than anyone else. Next time you have to check a box indicating what race you are, remember that we are all part of the same race…..the human race.

There are only two rules you have to remember: Love God and love people. You can’t say you love God and hate your brother…for we are all brothers. Let each of us do our part and spread a little love.

I was at the Doctor this week and we were talking about our origins. He was bragging about being related to a famous person who died many years ago. I said, “That is good, but I have traced my roots all the way back to Adam!”  LOL.


Dan Skognes

Real Men

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A Dad’s Prayer

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A Mother’s Prayer

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The Coaches’ Prayer

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The Coaches' Prayer dan skognes motivation blogger speaker teacher trainer coach educatorThank you Lord for the opportunity you have given me to coach others. I recognize the sacred responsibility I have to encourage, inspire, and motivate others to succeed. I also recognize that it is not just about winning a game, but winning the game of life. I pray that I am able to help those I coach identify and capitalize on their strengths, minimize their weaknesses, and learn from them both. I pray that I am able to be a role model for them at all times, knowing that what I do far outweighs what I say. Help those I coach learn that failing is not fatal unless they quit and that stumbling blocks can become their stepping stones to success. I pray that the preparation and perspiration required to succeed are coupled with perseverance and common sense. I ask that you help them condition their minds and bodies to excel and that you protect them from harm. I pray Lord that you help them compete with integrity, character, and humility, and not worry about what their critics or competitors say, but to let their actions put the words of those that oppose them to rest. Help us remember that to be the best requires time, determination, being secure in yourself, and having a teachable spirit. Let us always honor those who have helped us succeed, whether it is our parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, or friends. Teamwork is vital in sports, business, and home life. Help us each do our part to succeed in the game of life. Amen.


Dan Skognes

Peace, Love, and Understanding

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(Dedicated to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting)

Here are some of the lyrics from a song with that title penned by Elvis Costello:

“As I walk through

This wicked world

Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity.

I ask myself

Is all hope lost?

Is there only pain, hatred, and misery?

And each time I feel like this inside

There’s one thing I wanna know:

What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love, and understanding? Ohhhhh

What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love, and understanding?”

The truth is: it is not funny at all.  It is sadly lacking in our world today. Everywhere I look I see people caught up in evil and going crazy on each other. Here is what I believe WILL change the world for the better: We have to see other people through God’s eyes. What would that look like?

  • We would love each other despite our differences in politics, religion, ethnic origin, or any other prejudice.
  • We would seek to understand those that are different from us rather than fear, hate, or judge them.
  • We would put others before ourselves and learn to be givers instead of takers.
  • We would truly care about people who are suffering, poor, widowed, orphaned, or in prison.

I know this may seem like the impossible dream, but if I don’t do it, who will? If I can set the proper example, then maybe those that God brings across my path will be inspired to love, understand, and be at peace with one another, but it has to start with me.


Dan Skognes