Boast In Your Weakness

Why is it that we even care to hide our flaws. We all have them and they are all unique to us. The whole human perception on the world have told us to cover up our weaknesses. This world tells us to act invincible. But how will God build us into the great people we are destined to be if we don’t have struggles in our life.

The Bible tells a story quite a bit different from the rest of the world. It tells to let our weaknesses show. Being weak will make us stronger. God uses struggles to make us stronger. We have to boast in our weakness and let God do his work.

What makes you weak… Are you too dependent on others? Are you struggling with the mental/ emotional side of life? Do you have weak social skills? Do you lack self confidence?

All of those examples I gave are something I have dealt with in my life. Some of them are non-existent now but some still linger around me everyday. No matter what you are struggling with, you can overcome it.

Remember that their is a bumpy side of life. Some days just won’t go your way. Let your weaknesses show and let God help you through your difficult days.

Never Give up.

Priorities

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Life is busy. We have to support our family, spend time with family, spread the gospel of Christ, and try to find where God is taking our life all at the same time. It can be stressful, it can be difficult. But no matter what, it needs to be done.

We tend to make up our own priorities that is the easiest or the most fun for us. God doesn’t always pick one of those paths. To give you an example in my life, this is how I set my priorities.

1. Faith

My belief in Christ tips the list. But this also includes other aspects in my life, like, spreading the gospel, using the gospel to help someone in need, and worshiping Him everyday for the rest of my life.

2. Family

My family is very important to me. I have been fortunate to live in a family that loves me very much. I will protect and support my family for the rest of my life. This category also widens out. It also includes some very close friends of mine.

3. Football

Football is a big part of my life. I grew up playing it and I am hoping to get into coaching. My playing career brought me closer to Jesus. I truly believe that God has used football to shape me and mold me into the person I am today.

All of our lists would be different but hopefully the first two are the same for everyone. Keep your life on track by keeping your priorities straightened out.

Some tips I would give to you about setting your life’s priorities:

1. Set Goals

Goal setting works miracles. But to get this benefit you must write them down on paper. Don’t forget to remind yourself of them weekly.

2. Find Your Passion

One of my football coaches my Sophomore year had each of us tell the team what we are passionate about. The first passion I talked about was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The last thing I talked about was football. That is how I developed my priorities. Think about what your passions are and set your priorities accordingly.

Those are really the only tips you need to tell what is important in your life. But if Jesus isn’t on the top of the list you are missing the entire point of being Christian. Love Christ and preach the gospel. That is what is most important.

If you are young, don’t worry. It will take time before your solid foundation of faith is built just keep loving and trusting God. It will work out.

Write down these things we talked about today. It is a good exercise to make sure what is most important to you is what should be the most important: Jesus. Are you putting Jesus first?

Courage and Sacrifice

Early in the morning, on September 11, 2001 two of the tallest towers in the world and the Pentagon were attacked and destroyed. The attackers behind this event were the Muslim terrorists, their attack started a war that is still going on and will continue to go on. We will probably always be fighting to protect America from terrorism. Over 3,000 people were killed. It is probably the worst thing to have happened in American history.

Many people ask me why God allowed so many things to take place that allowed the terrorists to attack. This is a hard question and I don’t really have an answer to it. We are human, we know nothing compared to Jesus. There are so many events that take place that we don’t know anything about. But if I had to answer this question, I would say that God shows us bad to show us good. In other words when we see the bad, we know what the good looks like and can easily tell the difference from the two.

One of the “good” that was shown to us on that day is a level of courage that most of us have never seen in our lifetime. There were police, firefighters, and other emergency responders that ran into the burning buildings. These acts of selflessness and stewardship should and will never be forgotten. Many of these emergency responders never made it out. The towers collapsed a little while after they were hit.

Because many of them died on that day, they made a sacrifice to America. The men and women running into the burning buildings saved lives, but these lives saved came with a price. Many emergency responders perished. But their sacrifice brought more people home to their families.

One of the planes I haven’t even talked about, you all heard the story of the passengers who took over the plane and kept it from hitting another building. Those passengers knew they were going to die, but instead of giving up they attacked the terrorists and saved many lives in the process.

This entire blog post is written to remember those who are no longer with us because of this tragic day, and to recognize the courageous sacrifice made by so many. The life lessons that can be taken from this are values that a strong life foundation is set on. And a strong foundation will never crumble but a foundation based on anything else is worthless. We will never forget.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who lost a loved one on that day.

Marriage

A bond that lasts forever. Unconditional love for each other. Both of these phrases have been used to describe marriage. And yes, that is how marriage is supposed to be. But is it really like that? Is it really that simple?

But before we get into that I need to say this: No, I am not and never have been married. I can’t offer any advice about marriage to you all. I am writing this to express how I feel the term marriage is starting to be used too loosely. Take this as a warning that we are causing a huge problem in our society. I want my first marriage to be my only marriage and I want to marry someone that I will want to spend the rest of my life and beyond with. I hope all of you either want the same or have the same.

If you look at the past few decades you will see how quickly the world is changing. 40 years ago WordPress and this blog could have never existed. The whole space shuttle program didn’t exist. A lot was different. If you go a little farther back to the 1950’s divorce was uncommon and frowned upon. You were looked down at if you were divorced. Now divorce is a common part of society. Back in the 1950’s no one accepted gays. Now some states legalized gay marriage. (I am not expressing hate towards homosexuals, I am just comparing life now to life in the 1950’s). Some of this sudden change is good, some of it is not so good.

God created marriage to be an everlasting bond between a man and a woman. Marriage isn’t some game that you can just leave after you get bored. It requires you to love and support your spouse no matter what. But to some people dating feels like a vacation but marriage feels like a job. How does that work? How do we fix that?

Easy answer: Jesus Christ. A foundation of Christ is a strong foundation and can stand the test of time. A foundation of anything we is weak and will eventually crumble. Don’t let it crumble. Strengthen your foundation today.

Remember, Jesus put you two together for a reason. Don’t abandon his plans. It will all work out.

How is your marriage foundation? Do you need to strengthen it with the power of Christ? If you are not married start building a strong foundation under all of your relationships now so that once marriage comes that foundation has already been formed and will not crumble.

State of Mind

It’s all a state of mind.  Our success depends deeply on how we look at things.  A bible verse that gives us a perfect perspective on how to view the world is Phillipeans 4:13:
“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

I dont know if any of you have read the poem State of Mind:

If you think you are beaten; you are.
If you think you dare not, you won’t
If you like to win, but don’t think you can,
It’s almost a cinch you wont.

If you think you’ll lose your lost;
For out in the world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in a state of mind.

For many a game is lost
Ere even a play is run,
And many a coward fails
Ere even his work is begun.

Think big and your deeds will grow,
Think small and you’ll fall behind;
Think that you can and you will;
It’s all in a state of mind.

If you think your out classed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise;
You’ve got to be sure of your self before
You can ever win a prize

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the fellow who thinks he can.

It’s a great classic that I read all of the time.  I read it to remind me that how you approach something determines what you get out of it. 

Approach what you do with confidence.  Don’t get cocky but have some confidence in yourself in whatever you do.  The right state of mind can go a long way.

Tolerance

Wow… It has been a while since I have written here.  The past few weeks have been the roughest time of my life.  Overloaded with work left me absolutely no time to write a blog post.  I feel really guilty about this.  I made a commitment to this blog but I didn’t live up to it the past to weeks.  Anyways, that is over and I have a lot to talk about today.

Tolerance:  What does it mean?

Tolerance.  As Christians, some call us intolerant.  Our views on life leave some accusing us as narrow viewed bigots.  But I have a different story to tell.  I say those accusers are the biggest hypocrites you can meet.  Let me explain.

People on this earth look for one thing: Immediate Self Benefit.  We are all narrow minded.  We only see the near future and not the long term effects of our actions.  People lie, cheat, and steal for self gain.  Not thinking that in the future they will have to pay for their actions.  How does this have anything to do with what the word tolerance means?

To the rest of the world tolerance means accepting everyone no matter what they are doing is right or wrong.  Gay marriage is the biggest example of this.  Do we accept it even though the Bible condemns it?  I’ll let you decide that.  What I am trying to say is we can still accept everyone no matter what and we can still condemn what the Bible condemns.

How do we accept everyone even when the Bible disagrees with their life style?

Jesus told us to love everyone in the world.  We should try to keep good relationships with everyone in the world.  This message explains how to be tolerant.  Love.  Love is the key to tolerance.  I have many gay friends.  I am not gay but I don’t hold that against them.  I still treat them like any of my straight friends.  I am tolerant but I completely disagree with their lifestyle.

How do we deal with people who insult us because we go against the mainstream ideals?

Look at the Chick Fil A employee during the viral drive thru YouTube video.  She treated the man with respect even though she was being disrespected just because she worked for Chick Fil A.  She is a great example that we should all strive to follow.

Final Thoughts

We all will meet a variety of people throughout our lives.  One thing I have learned is there are some great people that are just on the wrong path.  Our job as Christians is to love and accept them but help them onto the right path.  Instead of looking down on someone because of what they do or how they think, show them Jesus.

Help them Live a Life Dedicated to Christ.

Self-Centeredness

“Me, me, me!”… It is all we ever think about.  We spend our entire lives trying to do something great for ourselves.  We never seize an opportunity to do something good for others.  Think about how much better the world would be if we looked out for the interests of others.  What if we spent our life trying to do something good for the people around us.

We do this all over social networks.  We spend pointing the world back at us.  What we do, what we think, and where we go.  Everything comes back to expressing what we do.  Unfortunately “what we do” is never something for others.  It is always about us.

This self-centeredness can be traced back to a lust for ourselves.  We think that what we are doing is always better than what the guy next to us is doing.  We want the world to know how great we think we are.  Even our kids think this way.  They want to grow up and be rich and famous.  Have a nice house, a nice car…etc.  But that isn’t their fault.  TV, music, and magazines all tell them that is the way to live. There is no better way to live.  But what the mainstream media doesn’t tell them is that a life of significance starts with your core.  Honesty, Integrity, Humility, Discipline, and Stewardship are all aspects of a person’s core.  Two of those effect this self-centered world we live in.  But Unfortunately they are the two most likely ignored.

Humility is the idea that there is something greater than you… Jesus.  Humility is a modest look on your achievements.  You know that you couldn’t have done it without the LORD.  Stewardship is the second one.  Stewardship is living to honor the LORD and living to help others in this world.  Stewardship is a key part of your life but too many people overlook its importance.  Living to honor God is the reciprocal of a self-centered personality.

Getting rid of this “me first” lifestyle would make a better world for all of us.  Too many problems are started from greed, lust, retaliation, etc… All which are traced back to people being self-centered.

How is your core?  Do you spend too much time worrying about yourself and not others?  Are you living for Christ and not yourself?  Take a clear and honest look at your life… you will be surprised at what you find.