Did you ever see Mike Singletary playing middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears? Now there was a man’s man. You would not have wanted to be hit by him! Or, how about Ray Lewis the great defensive star of the Baltimore Ravens who retired at the end of last season. He was a terror on the field, as well. Or, Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck, or Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu?
What do these tough-as-nails NFL players have in common? They are all professed, committed men of God. Yes, these guys are tough. Who says connecting with God is for wimps. That’s what a lot of men think, but it’s not true.
And, it was never true. Check it out in the Bible. The first guys Jesus picked to be part of his team. They were fishermen. Not recreational, weekend fishermen. No. These guys fished for a living. They were like the fishermen on the tv show “Deadliest Catch.” Tough-as-nails. Read in the Book of Acts what they did with their lives.
You may see yourself as tough, sturdy, rugged, independent…with God by your side, you will be stronger. And, everyone has times of weakness…it’s then God is there to hold you up.
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they (Peter, Andrew, John, James) left everything and followed Jesus. Luke 5
If you’ve never seen “Deadliest Catch,” watch this minute and a half youtube video to see what kind of men I was talking about:
It’s MARCH MADNESS so here one for all us BASKETBALL CRAZY HOOSIERS!!!
Enjoy your weekend!
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
There is still a lot of news about the NFL draft and which player was taken where and by what team. Most sports analysts were shocked that West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin was taken in the first round. He was projected as a No. 50 pick and he was taken No. 15! But there’s more…here’s a guy who five years ago was arrested for breaking into a drug dealer’s house and spent two weeks in prison. Then, three months ago he was accused of knocking a magnetic sign off the top of a food delivery car and was arrested again. He dropped out of high school; his mom threw him out of her home. People are just shocked that the Seattle Seahawks are giving him another chance. How many chances do you think this guy should get?
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! Matthew 18
You would expect the Bible to have a set number. Hmmm, maybe five chances, no, three, and after that…THAT’S IT! One of his disciples asked Jesus: “How often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” Did Jesus say, yeah, that’s about right? NO! Shockingly, Jesus says, “No, not seven times. but seventy times seven!” And, that wasn’t even a specific number, he was saying as long as the person is sincerely asking, there is no limit! Notice, too, he doesn’t put a restriction on what sins can be forgiven. Any and all can.
Have you ever thought: I could never be forgiven for all the horrible sins I’ve committed There are just too many. Reread paragraph #2…it’s all true.
Coming at the end of this month are the 2012 X Games from Los Angeles. People who participate in this event are risk-takers. Man, they are extreme! Watch Shaun White and see what I mean… http://youtu.be/VwMSsicKRYI
Every time I watch sporting events like this I see hospitals, broken bones, and casts. That what I’d see in my future if I did this! There are some amazing tricks done. There’s a lot of skill in doing them, but it’s also very dangerous.
Jesus is extreme. I can see Jesus as an x-gamer! As barely a teenager he was challenging the religious leaders of his time with his ideas. He changed water into wine. That was pretty amazing. He healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, fed 5,000 men and their families with the lunch of a small boy. But, talk about a risk-taker, Jesus had enough faith to allow himself to be killed, trusting God the Father to bring him back to life! And, that’s exactly what happened! Extreme!
But, get this. The Bible says if you put your trust in Jesus, he’ll impact YOUR life. Your life will become extreme. There’ll be a drastic change. One that’s truly radical. Momentous. And, then, you will have an impact on the lives of those around you. What possibilities!
Are you a risk-taker? I am if the result is worth the risk. With Jesus…it is.
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” John 11 (That’s extremely amazing!)
The 2012 X Games are June 28-July 1. Here’s where you can find more information. http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/story/_/id/6939414/x-games-announces-los-angeles-2012-event-dates
Meghan Vogel, a junior runner at a high school in West Liberty, Ohio, had just won the 1600-meter title at the girls state meet. But it’s what she did in her next race that is most remarkable. With about 20 meters to go in the 3200-meter race, Arden McMath, a sophomore from another school who Meghan had never even met, collapsed in front of her. Rather than run by the competitor, Meghan helped her to her feet and carried her across the finish line. And, Meghan made sure she kept Arden ahead of her. That was a remarkable act! That was a compassionate act.
Compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Meghan was a compassionate person. She saw another runner in distress and she not only had the desire to alleviate it…she acted.
When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Luke 7
In this incident a funeral procession was leaving a village as Jesus approached. A widow’s only son had died. When Jesus saw her, he felt immense compassion for her. “Don’t cry!” he told her. Then Jesus acted; he did what he could do. He walked over to the coffin and touched it. “Young man,” he said, “get up.” The dead boy sat up and began to talk! Jesus gave him back to his mother. Jesus felt compassion…then he acted.
What do you think of compassion like that? Not only would Jesus be that compassionate toward you, but he could show you how to be that compassionate toward others. Maybe you can’t raise people from the dead, but maybe you could help someone over the finish line.