|Posted on December 11, 2017 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's Your Day Looking?
In Game Plan for Life, Os Guinness mentions this quote from a 90-year-old Winston Churchill: "Life has been a grand journey--well worth making once."
Once. That's all we get. No dry runs. No do-overs. This day you're living now is not a dress rehearsal or a practice lap. You're on the stage. You're in the game. Start playing.
What this kind of thinking does is rip the disguise off today, revealing it to be every b...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 4, 2017 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
An F for Effort
Just about everybody thinks they're good enough to at least squeak by into heaven. Put it all on balance, consider how hard they've tried, and God should be able to see they've done the best they could with what they had. They've been worse than some, sure, but better than most. When it's all said and done, if God's being fair, the scales ought to tip their way.
Well, there's the problem. The scales don't tip on the basis of being better ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 27, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Walk Like a Winner
Sometimes a guy just knows he's going to play well that day. Something about the confident, relaxed mood he's in when he wakes up. Something about how smooth and straight that first drive sails off the tee. Something about the way his gear feels when he straps it on. He just knows it. He's on. Everybody'd better watch out.
And believe it or not, when it comes to your battle against a certain sin or habitual behavior, you can step onto ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
One of the Main Things
Blocking and tackling. Hitting the open man. "Gentlemen, this is a football." The basics.
Sometimes in seeking that extra half-second that takes us up an echelon, we can forget the fundamentals. We can lose sight of what got us here. But maybe, instead of the hundred things we try to juggle to make us faster, higher, stronger, a great life just requires that we remember two or three.
For example, when we get a bibl...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 13, 2017 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Feel the Pain
You may be going through an awful lot right now. Maybe your company is shedding jobs and salaries, trying to keep from going under. Maybe one of the jobs they calved off was yours.
Maybe your marriage is really tanking at the moment. You can't say you haven't contributed to the problems, but you're trying as hard as you can now to make this work, to make this right. Still, you're not sure where things are headed.
|Posted on November 6, 2017 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
The Game Plan
For three improbable afternoons at the recent British Open golf tournament, Tom Watson continually stood near or atop the leader board, smelling victory at an event he had won five times before, but not in more than twenty-five years. With each succeeding round and clubhouse interview, the spectacle became harder and harder to believe. Yet strangely, for the 59-year-old Watson, easy to explain.
He was on a "game pla...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 30, 2017 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Be Nice to Your Body
You may not know it to look at you. All you can see sometimes are the things you don't like--the extra weight you're carrying around your middle, the gray that's starting to pepper your temples and sideburns, the hair that's rubbed off your legs from wearing dress slacks all day.
But the Bible has this to say about you: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you rec...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 23, 2017 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Equal Opportunity Provider
Thomas Jefferson said it first, although legendary film producer Samuel Goldwyn is attributed with making the line more slick and famous: "The harder I work, the luckier I get."
We've all seen guys who overachieve--in sports, in business, in all kinds of professions. We've seen young football players from Division II directional schools who get signed as undrafted free agents , make the final cut, fill i...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 17, 2017 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
In Game Plan for Life, Coach Gibbs recounts the story from the Redskins' 2007 season when, in an effort to ice the opposing kicker in the closing minute of a two-point game, he mistakenly called two timeouts in a row. The fifteen-yard penalty walkoff put the Bills at much closer range, and the converted field goal proved the difference in a heartbreaking 17-16 Redskin defeat. No loss can be blamed on any one thing, of course, but this game ul...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 9, 2017 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Reversing the Trend
Whether from being left untended or from constant use, things will always be inclined to grow old and deplete. Knees will start to ache and catch. Tires will wear thin. Gaskets will leak. Organization will trend toward chaos. The deodorant stick will shrink smaller and smaller. Clothes will wrinkle. Dust will accumulate. It’s the nature of life. Downhill. Showing age.
It’s even the nature of marriag...Read Full Post »