Posts tagged ‘football’

Coach Pagano’s Inspiration

aef8a395197fd2f68a7f7bf3557a059fChuck Pagano is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts football team. This past season he spent most of the season not helping his team fight to win games, but rather, helping himself to win his fight with cancer. He was a real inspiration off the field for players and fans of all NFL teams.

One of his many insightful quotes was: Circumstances don’t make you, they reveal you. How true that is.

So you win $15 million in the lottery (wishful thinking). That money doesn’t make you…that money will reveal you. Who you are, what your character is, where your values lie.

It’s not the circumstances that are important, it’s what you do in those circumstances that’s important.

God will help you to define your character, to search out what is of value to you, to motivate you to make the very best of all circumstances. He will help you to not waste a single minute of life.

Live your life for all it’s worth! Put God on your team. He’ll assist you in revealing your best self.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. Isaiah 41

When Small Is Great

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Everyone, it seems, wants to leave a legacy in this world. People wanted to be remembered for the great things they do in their lives. When I was a kid, I wanted to play in the NFL. And guess what! I never made it…I never even played college football. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad people have great goals and I’m glad some people accomplish great things. But, if you’re like me, and your accomplishment fall into the “not great” category, keep in mind what Mother Teresa once said:

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

Don’t you love that! You know what? With your great love you’re going to leave your mark in this world. All those small things add up…and, of course, what you see as doing a small thing for someone might be a great thing to the other person. Where do you find this kind of great love to do these small things? God. God is love. His love is the greatest…it’s beyond description…it’s more than we deserve. That’s the kind of love that make those small things so awesome.

God is not selfish. He is more than willing to share his love with you. Fuse your life to God and his love becomes yours to show others. What small things can you do today with that great love?

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 1 John 4

 

There’s the Kick! And It’s…!

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The NFL playoffs are in full swing on the way to Super Bowl Sunday!!! And, a couple of the games have been among the best ever played.

In great games it usually boils down to one play. Fourth and one and the team goes for it…make it and it’s on to victory…come up short and it’s down in the throes of defeat. Or, as in two of the NFL playoff games, it all comes down to a field goal. One play decides the whole game.

But, your life is not like that. One play doesn’t decide your life. Your life is a combination of ebbs and flows, of ups and downs. Just because you get way down…that doesn’t mean your life is a loss. It simply means you need to start moving in the opposite direction. Toward the good stuff.

This is where God can help you out. He can provide continuous guidance throughout your life, lighting up the way when your path has grown dark.

In life, when you kick the field goal and miss, or go for it on fourth down and come up short…you just move on. It may take awhile. You might be playing defense for a bit, but eventually you’ll have the ball again. God’s a really good coach. Try playing on his team.

For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die. Psalm 48

When a Colt Becomes a Bronco

Sure, Peyton Manning left the Colts and went to the Broncos…but I still love the guy! He’s a class act.

Have you noticed how Peyton is doing this year after missing all of last season? Well, in the NFL Power Polls the Broncos are #9. And much of the reason for that is Peyton. He’s already my comeback player-of-the-year.

Recently on Monday Night Football the Broncos were losing to the Saints in the first half when Manning came back with a vengeance in the second half. He ended up passing for 305 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. If you’re not a football fan, take my word for it…that’s awesome.

God is the King of Comebacks. When you connect yourself to him, he wipes out all that baggage you’ve been carrying around. You’re no longer sitting on the bench, he gets you back in the game. Then, you begin to pick up speed and you’re moving in the right direction with purpose. You become a Comeback Player-of-the-Year!

With God it’s never too late for a comeback. You think you’re out of shape, you can’t do life anymore. You’re too old and too slow to make a difference. Wrong. All you need is the right coach.

(God speaking) For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43

 

First and 10/10/10

Do you spend your Sundays watching NFL football? I am constantly amazed at the speed of the game. A quarterback has literally seconds to decide who to pass to. Some of the rookies with bad offensive lines have to just take the ball and heave it…get rid of it as fast as possible, or they end up getting sacked.

Life is like that sometimes. You have to make decisions so quickly you barely have time to think. How do you go about making those decisions? The fast ones. You might try running every decision through the 10/10/10 test. What’s that you ask? It’s taking a minute to consider: How will I feel about this choice in 10 minutes, 10 days, and 10 years from now? In other words, what are the immediate consequences, the near future consequences, and the long term consequences of what I’m about to do.

God can help you there. He knows your future. Pray about that decision. One of those arrow prayers that you just shoot up to God quickly because the decision has to be made now. He’ll still honor that prayer. He’ll let you know if you’ll be at peace with the choice in 10 minutes…in 10 days…in 10 years.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29

Making those quick decisions is not easy, but by praying and using the 10/10/10 test, you can be more at peace about what you choose to do. Try it.

Look at Me! I’m A-Shattered!

The 2011 Coaches’ Trophy was won by the University of Alabama. It’s given to the BCS football champion each year. This past spring, a player’s father caught his foot on a rug that sat beneath the trophy case and knocked the $30,000 crystal trophy off its podium…yes…shattering it into a million pieces! (Pardon me, but whose idea was it to give a men’s football team a crystal trophy. Maybe, make it out of iron from now on.) A spokesman said the university will immediately begin the process of replacing it.

That’s not so easy when it’s a shattered life, is it. The replacing part, I mean. Sure, Crimson Tide fans were devastated by the smashed trophy, but lives are so much more precious. The process of rebuilding a life is long, involved, and usually painful.

So what would Jesus say if he saw your life shattered like that trophy. He’d say: “I’m so sorry that happened. Come to me, you need a hug. You need my comfort. No, no, don’t even clean that up. Just leave it there. We won’t replace it. No. I’ll help you build a new, better life. And, I’ll stand beside you, help you tweek it to move it to better places. I’ll even lead you when you feel the need. Together, we can do this. Believe it!”

Shattered trophies can be replaced. With $30,000. Shattered lives can be rebuilt. With Jesus.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4

Go Team Go!

When I was in high school I played football. I was an offensive guard. What does an offensive guard do? Block. That’s about it. Block. It was a lot of pushing, shoving, grunting, and, if I were successful, moving hugh defensive linemen on the other team. Believe me when I say there was no glory in it. Oh, no. The glory was for the quarterbacks, the running backs, and the receivers! They’re the ones who scored the touchdowns! BUT…without me and the other linemen, they wouldn’t have been scoring. Ours was not glorious work, but it was necessary to the team. Coach Brown always said: “Do your job so others can do theirs. That’s called teamwork.”

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12

The church is into teamwork. In fact, the church is a team. It’s compared in the Bible to a human body, and every part is needed for the body to function at 100%. If the body lacks an eye, it couldn’t see as well. If the body has just one huge ear, how would it smell? If even just the big toe is missing, there would be problems with balance. Every part is necessary. The church is called the body of Christ. Each person in the church is a part of the body. Some parts may seem more important than others, but all parts are needed for the church to function. It’s a team. No touchdowns can be scored if each person doesn’t do his or her job.

I loved playing football. I took pride in opening the holes for the running backs to slide through and score. I enjoyed being part of the team. Would you like to be part of a team? A team where your part would be needed? Check out the church.

 

 

 

 

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