Rules of the Game

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“Mom, that’s not how I want to play. I don’t like that rule.”

That’s what Tate, my youngest son who was five at the time, said when I was trying to play a board game with him.

In little kid logic, Tate decided he would just ignore the rules he didn’t like. This may seem innocent enough for a kid, but not so much for an adult. I want to win at this thing called the Christian life, but if I’m completely honest, occasionally I run across one of God’s laws that just makes winning a bit harder for me.

Here’s the lesson Tate is learning, and that I know but don’t always practice. It’s no fun winning if you break the rules, and we have far more at stake than just winning a game. We are here to show the world the glory of our incomparable God! Now that’s #winning!

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Setting Mini-Goals to Success

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Do you sometimes feel defeated?

Maybe it’s a frustration at work or a number on the scale that almost made you cry. I understand. But, can I encourage you? Even in the midst of hard days, you can be victorious.

Set small-goals that allow you to make progress! We can set small or mini-goals physically by making one healthy choice like drinking eight glasses of water today.

We can also set mini-goals spiritually. Dedicating 5 minutes of our day to reading God’s Word, memorizing a verse or learning a new worship song can help us gain a better outlook.

We can’t control our circumstances, but we can control our choices. Set small goals physically and spiritually, and that will position us for progress today and victory for tomorrow.

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3 Questions We Must Ask Before Reacting

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My heart raced as I saw a certain number pop up on my phone.

I was hurt, angry and tired of being misunderstood.

I answered the call with two goals in mind – to prove how right I was and how wrong they were. And that didn’t go over well.

I’m learning I can have a better approach by asking myself 3 questions ahead of time:

  •      What part of this issue can I own and apologize for?
  •      How can I soften my heart toward this person so I honor them despite how they react?
  •      If I knew this was being taped and shown to people I greatly respect, how would that change my reaction?

These questions are good to consider. If we control our reactions in the short-term, we won’t have to live with regret in the long-term.

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Change the World with Your Words

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We can change the world with the words we say.

One day I was eating in a restaurant and every time our server came to our table, she had something really kind to say.

I was amazed by her gracious attitude, and I found that it was quite contagious. So, I challenged myself to make a conscious effort to use my words as a gift to each person that I came in contact with the rest of that day.

In a world that promotes tearing others down to build ourselves up, we can make a difference by using our words to bless and encourage. Let’s look at those whom we come in contact with today as people who need a kind word or two.

I’ve found that giving kind words is one of the greatest ways to make the love of Jesus known to those who so desperately need it.

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The Enemy’s Greatest Desire

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Satan’s greatest desire is to separate us from God.

This process starts the minute he separates us from God’s Word. He wants us to see God’s Word as a burden instead of the blessing it really is.

He will make us think we don’t have time to read God’s Word. We’re not smart enough to study and understand God’s Word. And it’s impossible to live out the truths in God’s Word.

The minute any of those thoughts pop into our mind, we must recognize it’s the enemy lying and trying to lure us into a trap. We can immediately shut him down by proclaiming, “God, Your Word is my greatest treasure. Your ways are my greatest joy. And You, God, are my greatest love.”

And then we need to open up God’s Word and let His truth set us free.

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Dealing with Disappointment

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This past year, sports fans witnessed some of the best come from behind victories ever!

The New England Patriots battled back in the Super Bowl to overcome a 25-point deficit. The Cleveland Cavaliers persevered to win the NBA Championship after being down three games to one. The Chicago Cubs rallied to win the World Series after losing three of the first four games.

It would be great if we could identify with these winners, but honestly, most of us probably are more familiar with the crushing defeat felt by the losing teams.

Comeback wins are improbable, but soul-crushing disappointment is inevitable. We can’t avoid the sting of heartbreak, but in Isaiah 49, God says that if our hope is in Him, we will never be disappointed.

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No More Labels!

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I was feeling like a mess.

For months, my messy closet was a constant source of stress. Every day I walked in and out thinking, “I’m just a mess!” In fact, I resigned myself to forever being a mess. You would think this would help me relax about the closet, but it didn’t. I was just short-tempered and off-kilter.

As I dealt with my emotions, I realized I was letting that self-imposed label tear me down. A messy closet doesn’t make me a mess; it makes me a child of God who happens to have a messy closet.

I could change that. My friend Debbie is a whiz at organizing, so I asked her to help me out.

Now there’s no more messy closet and no more guilt trips about the closet. Tearing down this one label in my life has given me courage to tackle others.

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Who Am I?

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There are two great questions of humanity: Who am I and who is God?

Moses posed both of these questions to God in Exodus 3. When God calls Moses to return to Egypt and demands that Pharaoh release God’s people, Moses asks, “Who am I that I should go?”

I don’t know, but I wonder if Moses was hoping that God would explain why He was the man for the job.

And yet, that’s not what God says. Instead of reaffirming Moses’ resume, God promises He will be with Moses.

Are you facing a Moses-size task in your life and wondering why God chose you? Are you waiting to obey until your credentials match your call? The lesson of Moses is that God doesn’t build us up to be good enough, He promises to go with us.

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Do-overs

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I’ve lost count of the number of times I needed to ask God for a do-over.

And my do-over requests happen not just daily, but sometimes hourly. It’s hard to string together spiritual successes. Thankfully, God isn’t surprised by that!

In the Old Testament, He implores Israel to return and recommit to Him time and time again after they fail. Deuteronomy, Joshua and 2 Kings prove our God is the God of do-overs, new beginnings and second chances.

If you’re like me, you often hesitate to ask God for your fresh start. Don’t! The overwhelming message of Scripture says that He welcomes us when we return to Him. Ask for your do-over today! He has a limitless supply of grace and fresh starts!

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Change is Hard

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I began this year with a serious commitment to eating healthy. And then I got really, really sick.

I have Crohn’s disease, and extreme changes in my diet were really hard on my system. My doctor promised I would get healthier, but I had to be patient and learn to process what I was now feeding my body.

If you’ve just started studying God’s Word, you may know the feeling. I remember when I began; it was hard! I struggled to absorb all I was reading. I wanted it to be easy and make a difference right away, and I got discouraged.

Let’s both take my doctor’s advice. Take smaller bites of God’s Word, be consistent and don’t give up. Give your heart and mind time to process it. And most importantly, have faith that it is making a difference.

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