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Lane Bowers’ 2019 Water Ski Hall of Fame 3 Minute Miracle Speech

If you ever get the chance to summarize your life down to a 3-minute speech, take my advice and do it.

Although I was nervous about the task and was forced to leave out super important details of the people and experiences that dramatically shaped my life, I can tell you that the time and thoughtfulness that goes into such a task is powerful and motivating.

It was tearful and disappointing for me not to mention my twin brother, Dr. Todd Bowers and our amazing childhood together.

It was heart-wrenching when I took out the part about how blessed I was to have my younger sister, Tiffany, who went to be with Jesus this last year. Her life was like a breath right out of heaven and her impact will never be dampened through the amazing work she did here on earth and that now lives and breathes through her amazing children Dawson, Madison, Nick, and Eddie.

It was really hard not to have the time to mention people like Mike Bergeron who did barefoot clinics with me in Connecticut for 21 years. He taught me so much about things like how to count cash, shoot every imaginable gun, the Sopranos, and why Italian families can scream at each other but do not take it personally 🙂

It was VERY difficult not to mention my friend, Bob Cripe, a cement truck driver who faithfully pulled me barefooting for many years in Michigan and showed up at my house at 4:30 am every morning and had the boat ready so I could practice. And he never ONCE wanted to barefoot himself. Amazing.

It was with gut-wrenching agony that I did not mention my friend, Lou Hansel, who believed in me so much that he paid me to leave his company and go to Florida to train with Mike Seipel so I could work to make the US Barefoot Water Ski Team.

I did not get to mention the powerful impact Jim Drown had on my life as he taught me how to paint and taught me one of my most valuable life lessons: “Let’s do something even if it is wrong” as well as when you are late, you are “a nickel holding up a dollar.”

How hard was it not to mention my friend, Scott Gray, who edited my DVD’s and taught me the true passion and fun that you need to have in your barefooting. I have never laughed as hard as I have when hanging around Scott who showed me what could be done with a Ford Bronco that could backfire on demand 🙂

I was forced to leave out how I became a walk-on to Wheaton College wrestling and became the worst wrestler in the history of NCAA Division III wrestling. After never stepping into a wrestling room one time in junior high or high school, I decided to try out wrestling. I believe I was the only one on my team that was NOT a State Champion wrestler. I got my ass whooped every single day for 4 long years by everyone on the team. But God had a plan for me to meet coach Pete Wilson who dramatically shaped my life by teaching me 3 very important lessons; 1. “God gave every man a razor!” 2. Integrity, Integrity, Integrity. 3. To never be ashamed of the Good news which is the power of God in our lives!

In the back canals of Lantana, Florida, my coach, Chris Harris, was the one who instilled in me the belief that I could do one-foot turns. He had me do all 8 one foot turns which had never been tried or even thought of (as far as we knew). His encouragement was pivotal in the shift in thinking from being an average barefooter to believing I could change the sport and do what others thought was impossible.

It was with a sad heart that I could not mention the world’s best internet marketing guru, my friend, Dean Jackson, of iLoveMarketing.com, who told me that no one cares what I have done. They care about what I can do for them. He carefully and painfully mentored me into the world of internet marketing and told me to offer the world’s best barefoot water skiing tips for FREE in the form of my FREE eBook, “Be the Best Barefooter On Your Lake.” Without Dean Jackson, none of you would be reading this right now.

It will be hard but do it anyway.

I strongly believe that if you do not wake up every day expecting a miracle in your life, then you need to hear this speech which I believe you were meant to hear.

Thank you for being part of my life.

You are greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved!

“Thank you every one. Thank you Tracy Mattes and the Waterski Hall of Fame for an amazing event.”

“The fact is that anything I have ever done in this sport is at best, a trivial pursuit question.

I remember many years ago thinking about different things I wanted to be remembered for, but as I grew older and wiser, I realized I would be happy just NOT to be remembered as the ANSWER to the question:

“Who was the last guy to pull Banana George.”

Pause

And I am using the American definition of “pull”…

Not the Aussie definition 🙂

If there were anything worth mentioning about me, it would be a lie if not understood under the light of the words that most accurately define my life:

“I am crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in this body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me.”

 

I used to have great pride in certain accomplishments, but now I realize that even the heartbeat and breathe that I drew from was given to me by the God.

My life has been one of miracles.

Our company slogan is “Expect a Miracle!”

While I originally meant this to be a way to raise the expectations of my clients, I had no idea that it would define my life.

It was an absolute miracle that I was born to the world’s best parents in Phil and Aleda Bowers. A lot of you know my mom, Aleda, as my office manager for 15 years who loved to motivate and encourage anyone who she could speak to or meet.

It was an absolute miracle that God led me to train with Mike Seipel who was someone I looked up to and later became great friends with.

It was a miracle that I only hung up on him 100 times when he would not stop talking.

 

It was a miracle that I came to Winter Haven, Florida to begin training with Ron Scarpa who taught me that

“A world championship and 50 cents would get me a bus ticket.”

 

It was a miracle in my life that I met the most beautiful woman in the world, Cindy Bowers, who somehow agreed to spend the rest of her life with me.

It was an absolute miracle of God’s grace that a super hero was born on the opposite side of the world in Korea.

This super hero came to Cindy and I almost 14 years ago around 11pm in the Orlando airport at only 4 months old.

Zane’s super power is his smile and he affects the lives of everyone he meets with his amazing talents and passion for whatever he touches.

It was an absolute miracle when 5 years later Zane, Cindy, and I went over to China to bring home super Peyton who will forever change the world with his intense dedication, likability, and passion for the word of God. He is greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved!

 

Thank you Richard Gray for being an amazing friend and coach who taught me many life lessons.

Thank you Keith Ledger who worked with me for a decade and helped me tremendously when I started TheFootersEdge.

Thank you Dave Gurnsey who became one of my best friends, training partners, and who trained me in the gym and on the water. He later introduced me to Crossfit which has changed my life dramatically.

It was a miracle that I was led to Alma Center, WI where I learned about Cow Comfort from Blake Heller and was blessed with encouraging Cody, Elaine, Shannon, and even Shane… before he discovered beer.

 

It was an absolute miracle that 8 months ago, I was told to check into the Shans Medical Hospital, get on the liver transplant list.

By God’s unmerited favor, He led me to a simple solution that dramatically changed my life.

At the age of 55, by God’s amazing grace, I am lighter, stronger, and leaner, than I was in my barefooting prime.

 

In closing, I want to say that if there is anyone within the sound of my voice who

Feels like they need a miracle…

I encourage you to reach out to me because I will tell you the truth.

I will tell you WHY you can wake up every day for the rest of your life expecting a miracle!

The truth is that the God who breathed the stars into existence and knows the number of hairs on your head determined that you were worth heaven’s best.

Your worth is determined by God’s valuation of Jesus because THAT is what He gave up to make sure you could experience a life so filled with joy that you will overflow with a story that others are waiting to hear.

 

You are blessed to be a blessing.

You are greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved!

God bless you guys.”

2019-05-16T17:34:16+00:00

26 Comments

  1. John Jepson April 29, 2019 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Lane, First a “Super Congratulations” on being inducted!!! I am reaching out to see what the status and diagnosis on what your liver transplant was. I was just diagnosed with no alcoholic fattey liver disease. I will turn 51 this summer and was a bit shocked. My questions is to see what you did to reverse this and get into really lean shape. I see you are immersed in Crossfit. If you able, please reach out at your convience. Thank you inadvance for the help, John

    • Lane Bowers February 21, 2020 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Hey there, John. Sorry for the late response. I did not see your post until now.

      I would be happy to share this amazing technology with you.

      It would probably be best if I email you the information at the email I see you left. It is very exciting because the same miracle juju that helped my knees also reversed my liver problem and then increased not only my VO2 max but massively improved my recovery.

      I will email you the information and look forward to helping you not only improve your performance but reverse the aging process with this new technology.

      If you have not read it, check out my amazing story of recovery from tragedy by God’s grace at https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/
      and then leave me a comment.

      The steadfast love of the Lord never ends. His mercies (unmerited, undeserved, and unearned favor) are new (completely unique and custom made never before seen!) every morning. Great is His faithfulness!

      “Expect a Miracle!”
      Lane “Dawg” Bowers
      TheFootersEdge.com

      Here’s a cool new video I did with my 13-year-old, Zane…
      https://youtu.be/nofzLac3gLY

      ASK me about “The World’s Most Powerful Product”
      “The single greatest health science Breakthrough of our lifetime.”

      “Lane’s 3 Minute Miracle Speech that Changed the World”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/lane-bowers-2019-water-ski-hall-fame-3-minute-miracle-speech/

      “Would You Like to Hear My Story of Hope?”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/

  2. Brian Danielewicz April 30, 2019 at 2:55 am - Reply

    First of all, congratulations!! Well deserved and so much more. Even though Zayne and I have footed with you only a couple of times, I don’t think a week goes by that I don’t reference something from you to encourage him in his sports. You have no idea how much of an inspiration you have been and continue to be. Thank you for all you have done!

    • Lane Bowers February 21, 2020 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Brian!!! Sorry for the late response. I did not see your post until now.

      I am smiling ear2ear thinking about your smiling face and the great times we had together. Your kind words mean soooo much to me that you cannot even imagine. I need that sometimes to keep pushing on in this tiny little world of barefooting that I call home 🙂

      I still think of you when I think of that child whose teeth you snapped back into place! lol 🙂 Funny what stories stick!

      If you have not read it, check out my amazing story of recovery from tragedy by God’s grace at https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/
      and then leave me a comment.

      The steadfast love of the Lord never ends. His mercies (unmerited, undeserved, and unearned favor) are new (completely unique and custom made never before seen!) every morning. Great is His faithfulness!

      “Expect a Miracle!”
      Lane “Dawg” Bowers
      TheFootersEdge.com

      Here’s a cool new video I did with my 13-year-old, Zane…
      https://youtu.be/nofzLac3gLY

      ASK me about “The World’s Most Powerful Product”
      “The single greatest health science Breakthrough of our lifetime.”

      “Lane’s 3 Minute Miracle Speech that Changed the World”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/lane-bowers-2019-water-ski-hall-fame-3-minute-miracle-speech/

      “Would You Like to Hear My Story of Hope?”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/

  3. Scott Nitzel April 30, 2019 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lane…
    and I thank you Lord Jesus- for humbly walking this earth- ‘not to make bad men good, but to make dead men (spiritually) alive’.
    Jesus-the original Barefooter!
    -he walked on water!

    • Lane Bowers February 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Scott, buddy. Sorry for the late response. I did not see your post until now.

      Yes! Jesus was the first and what an amazing time we will have walking on water in heaven together. I love that I am able to keep up just a little bit with you and your amazing family. Your son is a stud and I am sure you are beaming with God’s goodness showing through his talent to bless others.

      I am very grateful to have met you through wrestling as a walk on to becoming the worst wrestler in NCAA Division III Wrestling 🙂

      If you have not read it, check out my amazing story of recovery from tragedy by God’s grace at https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/
      and then leave me a comment.

      The steadfast love of the Lord never ends. His mercies (unmerited, undeserved, and unearned favor) are new (completely unique and custom made never before seen!) every morning. Great is His faithfulness!

      “Expect a Miracle!”
      Lane “Dawg” Bowers
      TheFootersEdge.com

      Here’s a cool new video I did with my 13-year-old, Zane…
      https://youtu.be/nofzLac3gLY

      ASK me about “The World’s Most Powerful Product”
      “The single greatest health science Breakthrough of our lifetime.”

      “Lane’s 3 Minute Miracle Speech that Changed the World”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/lane-bowers-2019-water-ski-hall-fame-3-minute-miracle-speech/

      “Would You Like to Hear My Story of Hope?”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/

  4. Doug Berg May 1, 2019 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Wow. Lane you are truly a gift from God and to this sport! Truly an inspiration. Congrats on your induction and all all of your success.
    Keep rockin it!
    Doug Berg
    Duluth,MN

  5. Scott gordon May 3, 2019 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you

  6. Bruce Knight May 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Lane.
    Well-deserved Honour, a fantastic speech. It was an honour and privilege to have Skied with you and share many special memories from training at Gosfield, 92 Worlds at Thurrock Lakeside, skiing with George on Lake Florence, Ron and yourself on Lake Ned and on the Chain, as well as assisting emptying out a Lady still in her Drysuit after she was advised it was OK to Pee in it to save dropping her off at McDonald’s 😊 😊 😊 … (Still smiling and chuckling over that one). Many Thanks Lane you taught me more than Barefooting, God Bless you, Cindy and family and all who are as fortunate as myself to have shared your talent, instruction, good humour, life lessons, integrity and company.

    Many Thanks again
    Kindest regards
    Bruce

    • Lane Bowers February 21, 2020 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Brucey!. Sorry for the late response. I did not see your post until now.

      What an amazing journey we have shared and your smiling face and funny stories STILL put a huge smile on my face. You were there from the beginning! I hope we can catch up some time! Whatever happened to your buddy with the chain-saw massacre? lol 🙂 I cannot remember his name but I can still picture that white picket fence going down in a pile of sawdust!

      If you have not read it, check out my amazing story of recovery from tragedy by God’s grace at https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/
      and then leave me a comment.

      The steadfast love of the Lord never ends. His mercies (unmerited, undeserved, and unearned favor) are new (completely unique and custom made never before seen!) every morning. Great is His faithfulness!

      “Expect a Miracle!”
      Lane “Dawg” Bowers
      TheFootersEdge.com

      Here’s a cool new video I did with my 13-year-old, Zane…
      https://youtu.be/nofzLac3gLY

      ASK me about “The World’s Most Powerful Product”
      “The single greatest health science Breakthrough of our lifetime.”

      “Lane’s 3 Minute Miracle Speech that Changed the World”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/lane-bowers-2019-water-ski-hall-fame-3-minute-miracle-speech/

      “Would You Like to Hear My Story of Hope?”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/

  7. Andrew John Briggs May 11, 2019 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Just read your speech, Lane. I’ve enjoyed your videos since finding them a few years ago but until now did not realize we are brothers of a different mother…brothers in Christ, that is.
    I appreciate your courage in using the opportunity to share the Gospel in a secular venue, giving the reason for the hope you have in Christ.
    We have other things in common: I wrestled 4 yrs. at LeTourneau College, have 3 adopted kids and I love boating. Finally checked the barefoot box at 51 yrs. old but I’ve not much chance to advance my skills after losing my job in Ohio and moving away from my boating buddy to my new job in Indiana. But I still dream (at 64 yrs. old) as I watch your videos.
    Anyway, know that I appreciate you now on many other levels.
    God bless you, your family and your business.

  8. Alan DeLeon August 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Omg Lane, that’s so awesome, Thank you for returning my call the other day, helping me with my gear I purchased from you and I Thank GOD FOR IT ALL!! It is such a cool and blessed life we all have and I Love how there are no coincidences !! God always has the bested plans !!

    • Lane Bowers February 21, 2020 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Alan. Sorry for the late response. I did not see your post until now.

      Thanks for the kind words and I am pumped that you are enjoying your barefooting equipment. Let me know if you need anything even with your barefooting and I will be happy to help.

      If you have not read it, check out my amazing story of recovery from tragedy by God’s grace at https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/
      and then leave me a comment.

      The steadfast love of the Lord never ends. His mercies (unmerited, undeserved, and unearned favor) are new (completely unique and custom made never before seen!) every morning. Great is His faithfulness!

      “Expect a Miracle!”
      Lane “Dawg” Bowers
      TheFootersEdge.com

      Here’s a cool new video I did with my 13-year-old, Zane…
      https://youtu.be/nofzLac3gLY

      ASK me about “The World’s Most Powerful Product”
      “The single greatest health science Breakthrough of our lifetime.”

      “Lane’s 3 Minute Miracle Speech that Changed the World”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/lane-bowers-2019-water-ski-hall-fame-3-minute-miracle-speech/

      “Would You Like to Hear My Story of Hope?”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/

  9. Robert Wing January 10, 2020 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Nice Speech

    • Lane Bowers February 21, 2020 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Bob Wing! You are a legend and I enjoy reading about your family on Facebook. I had your son’s video growing up and watched it until it would not play right 🙂

      Keep up the inspiration, mate!

      If you have not read it, check out my amazing story of recovery from tragedy by God’s grace at https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/
      and then leave me a comment.

  10. Tom Rosicki January 10, 2020 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Hey Lane,
    Thank you for sharing your encouraging words.
    I read your emails all the time but just thought they kind of went to everyone.
    I have always admired your passion to stay
    Young. I too am 53 and still barefooting, on the best boom in the world that I bought from you 5 years ago for my 2000 Mastercraft. Also still dirt biking when I can, wakesurfing etc. I would really like to do a deep water running dock start for the crowd. Maybe you can help me.
    I too have business that we are entering into the digital marketing space now too and looking for a master guru marketer. I developed a product called Slipfence 5 year ago and it is starting to get some real traction and as an individual entrepreneur you can understand better than anyone the ups and downs that come with the job.
    Anyway great chatting with you and keep sending the notes. We love them. Cheers.
    Tom Rosicki.

  11. Lettie Chilson January 10, 2020 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Lane,
    That was beautiful. I wake in the grace and beauty that has been given to us by God and yes, I expect miracles everyday. God Bless and hope to see you again soon. We just bought a house in Winter Haven and hope o spend time on the water. (Looking for a used ski boat)

    You are amazing.

  12. Jerry Guanciale January 10, 2020 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Love hearing and reading your testimony my friend…I hope I get hit with that same sledgehammer in my life. I’m missing my “big picture.”

    • Lane Bowers February 21, 2020 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Hey there, Jerry. Sorry for the late response. I did not see your response.

      I believe that you have an incredible story and that there are people in your life that need to hear it from you. I can relate all too well to that feeling, “there has to be something bigger or more impactful I am meant to do.”

      Sometimes the miracle that you need in your life will come through the least expected place, a tragedy or dark time where nothing seems to make sense.

      If you want to read about my amazing story of recovery, go read it at https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/
      and then leave me a comment.

      I will pray that God uses my personal heartache and tragedy to encourage you to lean on His amazing grace for the miracle that He has already prepared just for you.

      “Expect a Miracle!”
      Lane “Dawg” Bowers
      TheFootersEdge.com

      Here’s a cool new video I did with my 13-year-old, Zane…
      https://youtu.be/nofzLac3gLY

      ASK me about “The World’s Most Powerful Product”
      “The single greatest health science Breakthrough of our lifetime.”

      “Lane’s 3 Minute Miracle Speech that Changed the World”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/lane-bowers-2019-water-ski-hall-fame-3-minute-miracle-speech/

      “Would You Like to Hear My Story of Hope?”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/

  13. Joe Knapp January 22, 2020 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    I believe for someone to barefoot at age100 will be by God’s Grace. To help the cause is to get 8 hours of quality sleep. To eat Whole Foods, organic vegetables, fruits and meats as much as possible. Exercise yoga, CrossFit and weights. Keep moving. Do a lot of dry land so your mechanics are down. Chose your battle on risk and reward. Injuries are Major problem but attitude is everything. I would love to barefoot at 100. My Grandfather lived to 102. That is my goal. He lived by himself and told his five children his time was up. He died in his sleep 2 weeks later. God Willing. Joe Knapp

    • Lane Bowers February 21, 2020 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      Joe, my friend!

      I would love to do a story on you some time and feature it on TheFootersEdge.com. You were a big inspiration and source of constant encouragement to me when I first started barefooting and I truly appreciate your positive attitude and positive outlook.

      Your personal story touched me greatly. You have been through so much and we need to catch up again soon.

      Since it has been a long time since you and I have seen each other, you can read about my amazing story of recovery at https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/

      I believe that everyone has an amazing story to tell and that there are people out there that NEED TO HEAR that story from their own mouth.

      “Expect a Miracle!”
      Lane “Dawg” Bowers
      TheFootersEdge.com

      Here’s a cool new video I did with my 13-year-old, Zane…
      https://youtu.be/nofzLac3gLY

      ASK me about “The World’s Most Powerful Product”
      “The single greatest health science Breakthrough of our lifetime.”

      “Lane’s 3 Minute Miracle Speech that Changed the World”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/lane-bowers-2019-water-ski-hall-fame-3-minute-miracle-speech/

      “Would You Like to Hear My Story of Hope?”
      https://www.thefootersedge.com/the-worst-day-of-my-life/

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