God didn’t require any effort from us on crucifixion day. He did it alone. It's hard to accept that statement if we have the smallest amount of pride in our lives. However, realizing this and genuinely believing in His power can free us from the lie that perfect performance is required.
If these mountains could talk, they would speak wisdom, like an 80-year-old sage. They would instruct us not to build tunnels or go around them for the sake of convenience; they would recommend we endure the pain and accept the climb. They would laugh at instant gratification and quick results.
Something has gone seriously wrong with youth sports. I know some Little League teams that have travel schedules comparable to the Yankees. And for what? It can’t be so they can compete with the best and one day get a full ride to college. That logic doesn’t make sense, because many people are investing more money into youth sports than it would cost for a four-year degree; this behavior goes deeper than a scholarship.
Matthew 7:13 isn't a gate we will find through our progression in life, it's the gate we walked out of when we were sinless and pure. It's Heaven. It's home.
Many of us can relate with the Browns: year after year we show up, but don't measure up. The Browns settle for the 1st pick of the draft, and we settle for an end of year tax return. Both give temporary hope, but that hope is gone within months after we each realize we made bad financial decisions and the money is gone.
Coaching kids to be competitive and to give it everything they have is a great thing to do. However, coaching kids to be competitive and look for an opponent's weaknesses is a dangerous thing to do—especially to a kid.
You would think that the more we understand how the mobile network operates, we would see more clearly how the Holy Spirit works and our potential to communicate to the Creator. However, that’s not the case. We are becoming more dependent on man-made networks to provide us answers from man-made sources.
If our thoughts were made public, we would be embarrassed to get behind any platform and criticize anything/anyone. But our thoughts aren't made public, and people can't see the raw us, the real jacked-up us. Instead, we edit our lives and put on shows for people; we take the horror stories that are playing in our minds and edit them to fit our audience.
What You Plant you Grow. What You Don’t Plant You Don’t Grow.
It would be great if everyone around us was clearly labeled by the depth they loved us. Knowing the deepness of one's love might stop many of us from doing cannonballs into the kiddy pool of relationships that we have around us.
If you added up all the things that we can’t control and compare them to the things we think we can control, you would be amazed at how out of control we are—are perspective is jacked up.
A separate BMI calculator should be created for moms. You should get points deducted for each child you birthed, if you maintain a job and if your child plays a sport.
Before you are even old enough to declare war on the devil (accept Christ), he is creating an array of fears in your mind. Anyone who has ever raised a toddler can confirm that irrational fears run rampant in a child’s mind. It’s almost like the enemy wants to create multiple layers of fear—even irrational ones—just to keep you from the one thing you should fear most—God.
I tell you the truth, David himself was a Mountaineer! He struck down lions, bears, and Goliath. It wasn’t the size of David that made the difference but the tenacity, perseverance, and grit that allowed him to do amazing works for God. Do you not possess these rare qualities? I proclaim that you do!
I love Christian people, but some Christians wear me out-and I’m a Christian too. There is a misconception that accepting Jesus into your life propels you past hard times, crazy thoughts, and sinful desires. The new standard for some Christians is that once you’ve read your Bible, you become part of God’s Dream Team-praying for others that are weaker than you. I can understand why new believers get overwhelmed in the early years of their faith, and why nonbelievers cringe at the site of a Christian bumper sticker that reads, “Are you following Jesus this close?”
Any sports coach will tell you that they can predict a players performance in a game by seeing how they perform in practice. A good coach will use practices to understand each individuals strengths and weaknesses. The coaches job is to maximize individual strengths so the whole team can operate to the best of its ability. Without practice, a coach doesn’t know what kind of team he/she has to work with.
Kids want to play ball like Lebron James, sing like Taylor Swift, be popular like a Kardashian, and make money like Bill Gates.