|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 »
|Posted on October 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Breakdown or Breakthrough?
There are certain sins and temptations that take all the strength you can muster. You push them out of your mind one minute, only to see they’re back the next. They’re like a fly in the house--buzzing and darting, landing out of sight, then zooming by again just when you’d forgotten about it.
Sometimes these sinful pulls and attractions will leave for a few days, a few weeks, maybe even...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 25, 2017 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
The Dignity of Man
Do you ever go through seasons when you just don't feel like your life counts for very much? Everything seems about as pointless as a first-quarter NBA score in November. People treat you with less interest than a flight attendant's lecture on oxygen masks and exit doors.
But what's easy to forget at times like these is that your value is not something other people can assign to you. They don't get to grade this...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 18, 2017 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Can You See Me?
It used to just be celebrities who had to live with the possibility that someone could be filming or taking pictures of them at any moment. But today, we're all fairly accustomed to knowing that a camera is likely trained on us at every store entrance, every ATM machine, perhaps even when we're trying to decide whether to run through a yellow light or not.
We're a watched society--which can be troubling when we ima...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 11, 2017 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
We know what kind of violent insults can be hurled at coaches whose teams miss the playoffs for a second season in a row. We hear of even college players--nineteen and twenty year-olds, remember--getting death threats after throwing more interceptions than touchdowns.
But in their own way, any unfair complaints you may be enduring on the job right now are just as damaging and hurtful as these. Perhaps your upper level ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 28, 2017 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
Sailing in the Current
Are you happy where you are? Happy with your job and your prospects for growth? Happy with your home life, whether married or single? Happy with the house you live in? Happy with the car you drive? Happy with much of anything right now in terms of where you'd like to be?
When God allowed a Babylonian king to swoop into Israel and cart the Hebrews off into exile, you can be sure they weren't very happy. They'...Read Full Post »