Author Archives: Rod Arters

About Rod Arters

As a former youth worker, business owner, school teacher, coach and inmate, Rod has the unique ability to relate to almost anyone in whatever situation they are in. His thought-provoking blog about life, mistakes, faith, hope & grace has been read in over 175 countries. A popular writer & speaker, Rod draws from his deep well of biblical knowledge and personal pain to encourage others along the broken journey to wholeness. He hosts an invitation-only private Facebook group for men (called the Man Cave) and enjoys helping others find Hope in the midst of their painful situations. He currently resides in Columbia, SC.

The Quiet Divorce

I recently read a story about Joe, a young man born and raised in a small 3rd world village. He comes from a large, blue-collar family and he enjoys being a part of a very close-knit community. In fact, in … Continue reading

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Names will never hurt me?

“Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me”. The year was 2nd grade and I clearly remember chanting this well known proverb at some kid on the playground as a rebuttal for the names he … Continue reading

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Bloom where planted

Booking. When you hear this word, most people think of airline tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars.  For those of us who do public speaking, “booking” a speaking engagement is common vernacular.   These days, however, the word ushers in … Continue reading

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The price of admission

If you have ever been to the deli counter of a grocery store or visited your local D.M.V. (Department of Motor Vehicles), you have – no doubt – had to take a ticket with a number on it.  This number … Continue reading

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READ MY $%@#& BLOG!!

When I was about 13 years of age, I developed a forked tongue.   At home, I spoke in a manner that was pleasing to my parents.  Outside the home, my vocabulary shrunk and 4 letter words dripped off my tongue like … Continue reading

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The breath in my shadow’s nostril

If you have ever spent time with little kids, you will remember how slow the clock moves for them.   Send a disobedient three year old to their room for a 5 minute “time-out” and they will complain how long … Continue reading

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Map My Run – death trail version

I decided to go for a run last night.  It’s the first time I have run (without chasing a soccer ball in the process) in a long time. At least since last week.  In the neighborhood I currently live, there … Continue reading

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Stress relief: Where we go when life falls apart

Yesterday was a rough day.  For the sake of privacy, I’ll just say I experienced another significant loss in my life and it left me feeling empty. We all experience loss throughout our lives; relationally, financially, emotionally, physically, etc.   It’s part of the … Continue reading

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Mr. Restoration

Last week my company sent me to a home about an hour north of Charlotte to visit with a couple whose home had recently caught on fire.  Apparently the fire began in the garage, quickly spread to the kitchen and traveled … Continue reading

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4 blessings of the Billboard

I used to have a secret and by all accounts it was a juicy one.  It was the kind of secret that – if it got out – would be BIG news to a large number of people, literally all over the … Continue reading

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Law to the proud, Grace to the humble

Last year I had the privilege of co-coaching a girl’s volleyball team for a local high school.  Like most coaches, I love my team but sometimes struggle with the various personalities and abilities represented.  Some of the nicer girls can’t hit … Continue reading

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Lovers: Pridefully hidden or humbly caught

One of the most well-known verses in all of Scripture is found in John 8:1-12, most commonly referred to as the passage about “the woman caught in adultery.”   Though her name is unknown, her sin is well documented.  To the biblically literate, her story is as … Continue reading

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“What are you here for?”

If there were one question that was most commonly asked to someone in jail, it was this one, “What are you here for?” Correction officers asked this directly to inmates.  Inmates frequently asked it to each other.  Guards, inmates, prison workers … Continue reading

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I fought the law and the law won

As they were putting handcuffs on me, I had a flashback of a chorus of an old song playing in my head: “I fought the law and the law won.  I fought the law and the law won.” Like catching a … Continue reading

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Please don’t step on my blue suede shoes…

My foot hurts. To be exact, the third toe on my right foot is hurting. Somehow I got a small cut on it and both my sock and shoe keep rubbing against it.  In fact, I discovered today that I … Continue reading

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The price is right and the importance of new

Whenever I can, I try to watch the evening news and hear what is happening in our world.  Before the end of each show, they normally try to highlight at least one uplifting human interest story.  Given the massive amounts … Continue reading

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