Reshape. Refresh. Restore
The Reshape Institute was founded by Dr. Dallas Humble to provide guidance and education for those seeking restoration after life’s inevitable setbacks. His most difficult life experiences, heartfelt belief in second chances and desire to see others living according to their purpose, birthed the creation of this life educational organization. Click Here to read Dr. Dallas’s life story.
We appeal to those who:
- Are seeking a fresh start in life
- Have lost hope and feel like the world is caving in with nowhere to turn
- Think the best part of their life is behind them
- Want a loving relationship with the God of the universe and aren’t sure how to make that happen
- Are seeking a healthier, more active lifestyle
- Desire to finish strong
Imagine yourself standing on the home plate of a softball field. The pitcher is winding up to throw the ball and, suddenly, he throws the ball, only this time directly at your head! You duck and fortunately, you avoid getting hit. Now, imagine you are in the major league. The pitcher gets prepared, begins his initial pitch and, an almost 100 MPH curveball is headed directly for your head. A bean ball as they call it. Only this time, you don’t see it in time to duck and you get hit…hard, painfully hard. Knocked out hard.
Life on this earth is not fair. The sooner we understand that, the better we learn to cope with the surprises that come our way. Unfortunately, bad things do happen to good people. We see things coming our way early in life, minor things, and are able to maneuver our way around them. Then, life throws us a bean ball. Without notice in one day the life we once knew changes. We didn’t see the bean ball coming and, now we are injured, brought to our knees, walking around wounded, limping and wondering what just happened.
Walking with a “limp” comes after being stripped and broken from all the previous things in life that seemed to matter…but don’t. When you get hit, without a chance to duck and deflect, you become vulnerable. Most people equate vulnerability with weakness; however, nothing could be further from the truth. Vulnerability is realness, exposure, being naked before the world. Most people don’t like feeling naked, and you probably don’t either, however, when we understand that vulnerability can be defined as courage and truth, it changes our view. There are some truly good communicators in this world. They lay it all out there in a vulnerable and naked way. Ask yourself the following question, “Do you think that it takes courage to tell the truth regardless of the ramifications?” Is that weakness? Obviously not. We should all pray for the humbleness and courage to speak truth without any spiritual or emotional clothing. Complete nakedness.
Being stripped and broken creates a feeling of nakedness. This can be a time to reaffirm your purpose, reflect on your past, and reshape your life for the future. According to Brene Brown, Ph.D. and author of the book, “Daring Greatly”, vulnerability is defined as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. She says quite convincingly, “Vulnerability is not weakness; in fact, it is just the opposite. Being vulnerable isn’t good or bad but rather the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel vulnerable and to believe that vulnerability is a weakness is to believe feelings are as well.”
Dr. Brown lists 4 myths associated with vulnerability that speak to all of us:
Myth #1: Vulnerability is weakness
Myth #2: I don’t do vulnerability
Myth #3: Vulnerability is letting it all hang out
Myth #4: We can go it alone
There are two other emotions altogether different that affect us when something happens that threatens our reputation and perceived integrity. These emotions are embarrassment and shame. Even worse, many times we lose hope.
Years ago, there was a movie in which a man was wrongly accused, found guilty and placed in a maximum-security prison. He later realized that the dallasistration was corrupt, and he wasn’t going to get out, at least not in his lifetime. So, he decided to escape. After much planning and preparation, it was time for the big move. The way out was through a tunnel that was actually the prison’s sewage system, comprised of disgusting human waste with rodents infiltrating the escape path. Seeking freedom at all expense, he crawled through the tunnel, trying to hold his breath as long as possible and vomiting multiple times along the way. And, it was dark. The kind of dark that you can’t see you hand in front of your face. Once in, there was no turning back, for if he did, he would surely die at the hands of the prison guards. After traveling through the tunnel for a period of time, his commitment to going all the way was non-negotiable. He continued smelling the filth all the way until finally he saw light. He crawled until he reached the end of that tunnel where he could see the light and fell out into a river of running water, washing off and finally finding the freedom he was pursuing.
Does that story sound familiar to you? We want to pursue something meaningful in life, but we are afraid. Finally, we make a decision that allows no option except to jump in feet first only it isn’t what we expected. Things are different, not going our way, but we are so far in we can’t turn back. Friends, this is where the rubber meets the road. We either continue forward or stop dead in our tracks and stagnate in the filth and disgust of self-pity from quitting our journey.
Have you ever failed at something because you didn’t plan properly? If we want to achieve victory in the things we pursue, we must be willing to plan. Looking in the rearview mirror with regret doesn’t change where we are today. It’s what we do from this point forward that counts. Seeing a matter through to completion may not be enough either. We must also demonstrate wisdom in the path we take, the challenges that lie ahead and the potential results that follow.
In the Bible David is described as a “man after God’s own heart.” Not a bad way to be identified. David was a small shepherd boy when he faced Goliath, the giant of all giants. You know the story; David had no fear, no reservation and no intention of retreating. When David confronted the Philistine Giant, he knew he was going to win. He was keenly aware of the conflict and the fact that the reputation of His God was at stake. Failure at this important juncture would have shown the world that Israel’s God wasn’t all that powerful…and his faith was meaningless.
If your pursuits continue to fall short, ask yourself these important questions: “Am I looking at the whole picture or have I lost perspective?” Is my vision too limited? Do I realize that I have a “David” within me?” Michelangelo once saw a rock that others had seen for years only he could see something much larger on the inside. He saw the statue of David.
Setbacks can become set ups for comebacks when we: 1) Accept responsibility for our actions 2) Remain humble 3) Rely on our faith and 4) Believe in ourselves. No matter where you are, what you are going through or where you have been, you can experience true joy in your life. Your greatest test can become your greatest testimony. We are firm believers in the power of restoration and second chances in life. Regardless of the where life leads one thing remains constant, and that is our need to be loved and accepted. Doctrine and religion can’t save us; the world has enough laws and rules. Religion has “answers” for every problem with few, if any, lasting results. We can search and search for that acceptance, but we will find it nowhere until we realize just how much each of us is cherished by a loving God. Only His grace covers us and is sufficient no matter what circumstances we are facing.
Remaining humble in life is difficult not because we are special in some way. The difficulty comes in the fact that humility is the direct opposite of arrogance, and this world does its best to convince us that we don’t need anyone…that we can go at it all alone.
The truth is, none of us can go at it alone. If you see a turtle on a fence post, and you can rest assured that someone put it there. No matter who we are or how great our accomplishments may be, we are simply a piece of a much bigger and more meaningful puzzle.
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Below is our mission statement. We hope you will join us to inspire and lift one another up along the path of life.
To inspire others to finish strong and experience the power of restoration in their lives.
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