Posts Tagged ‘football’

  

“Love each other as I have loved you.” (John‬ ‭15‬:‭12‬ NIV)

I stood at the chain link fence, watching the football coaches work the high school boys hard. I say “work”, but my sons might say “punish”! It was a grueling workout. But the coaches knew how to win, themselves having been “punished” by their coach years ago that turned them into champions. 

God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. Now He commands me to show that same love to others, to those that can be hard to love. It’s easy to love those that are easy to love. But what about those that act towards you the way you act towards God, good at some moments but not so much most of the time? Like the coaches, we must give as it was given to us, if we would see Christ truly exemplified. 

As you start your week, do it with God’s love in mind. We deserve nothing but punishment for falling short of God’s reachable marks of holiness. And yet, He bears with us, not wanting to destroy but to refine, having seen in us the true champion caliber of Christian we can be. Love & be loved today! 

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Victory comes from you, O LORD.” (Psalms‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ NLT)

As I write this, our local high school football team, the Poyen Indians, and numerous parents are slogging through the cold rain to a second-round playoff game across the state. In our team devotion this morning, I encouraged them in playing hard and giving their best, and to be proud for achieving our school’s best record ever! But can we ask God to help us win?

In all of our battles in life, there is effort on our part, whether it’s in our marriage, overcoming addictions, or simply finding the will to press on each day. God comes alongside and helps us to overcome whatever we face. Regardless of its magnificence or urgency, if it’s important to you then it’s important to God because you are important to God!

There will probably be Christian students on the other team praying, and somebody will leave the field tonight having lost. Even losses become victories if it makes us more Christlike. So, when we pray, ask for what you will knowing that you don’t have if you don’t ask! But always finish every prayer the way Jesus did: “Father, let YOUR will be done.” If it’s so, then you will always win! You are loved! Have a great weekend! (And Go Indians!)

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Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ NLT)

Utah State was on their way to taking a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter last night for a possible upset over Oregon in college football. Then the unthinkable happened that changed the game. Utah receiver Kaelin Clay casually dropped the ball a yard before he crossed the goal line! As the Utes celebrated, an Oregon player grabbed the ball and chugged 99 yards down the sideline for a touchdown!

Pride always has a way of biting you when you least need it to. Maybe our life isn’t on display for the nation to watch, but the Lord will eventually allow our pride to catch us. Not that He is mean, but sometimes the only way to find our humble path is to fall on our face!

As you come to church today, come with a humble heart. When God knows that our pride is in check, He begins to lift us up. And if you’re willing, He’ll gently lead you to a right attitude without allowing ESPN to debut your mistakes! You are loved today!

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Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭10‬ NLT)

Last night, two teams made a little boy’s dream come true. Born with physical challenges, Hunter can’t do everything his classmates can. But last night, at the last game of the season, suited up in full pads, Hunter was the star running back, running for 140 yards, scoring two touchdowns and making his whole town proud!

Sometimes what we do in the Christ Life doesn’t seem all that spiritual, but it does make a difference. Two schools working out the details so that this little man could have a once-in-a-lifetime experience will impact his family forever! But so does providing love, a helping hand, or a generous gift. Nothing done out of genuine love and compassion for the littlest of God’s children is ever a waste!

Hunter’s family will always remember the night that their little boy was the Most Valuable Player of the game. Their gratitude to all involved in Poyen and Glen Rose schools will always linger in their hearts! Imagine God’s heart, then, when we go out of our way to do a random act of kindness for someone every day! Every touch matters! You are loved today! (10/21/14)

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Then Peter began to speak up. ‘We’ve given up everything to follow you,’he said.” (Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬ NLT)

When Jeremy graduated high school, he got what every Arkansas boy wants: a full-ride scholarship to play football at the University of Arkansas. But college level was a different animal. In a conversation, he shared with me how they must eat, sleep, and breath football almost everyday of the year, and without distractions. The coaches were looking for total commitment.

When Peter made this statement to Jesus, he needed to understand that this “total commitment” was what Jesus was looking for all along. Anything less than our all will not do. The base word for “discipline” is “disciple”, which we are called to be. That means our focus and attention is on Him alone. He will then make sure you have time for family and relaxing.

God will not be pleased with anything less than total commitment. Just as Jeremy must face the grind daily for U of A, God is looking for us to do the same in the Christ Life. Is it worth it to Jeremy? Every game day it is! The committed Christ Life is worth it all! Enjoy your day! You are loved!