Sunday, August 13, 2017

Live as God Sees Us...



Thought for the week: 


How does God see you?  The answers to that question will vary greatly.  Some people will give a Biblical answer based on the Grace we receive.  Some will answer from a place of shame and feel God is always ready to point out flaws.  Some believe that as long as they are living “right” and following law, then God looks on them with favor.  Moreover, there are all kinds of answers in between.   


As I continue to work with various people through coaching, I frequently notice how my clients define themselves according to the results in their lives.  They say things like, “I’m not the man I want to be yet, but I am working on it”.  I want to be a person of integrity”.   “I see growth as I develop into who I want to be.  “I should be doing better.”  I haven’t arrived, but it’s my goal.”  What keeps each of these people (and so many more) from living as they desire?  The focus is on their results.  And, why not?  We live in a results oriented society.   


Results are a good indicator of whether or not we are reaching goals for our lives.  Setting goals are a good thing as well.  Proverbs 19:21Many are the plans in a person’s heart,  but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”   It is true that we should always be striving to be the best version of ourselves we can be.  To do otherwise would leave us stuck. 


However, the goals, the betterment, the results should not be our only focus.  Recently, I was receiving some coaching from another of the TCP blog authors, Dmitri Bilgere.  In this particular session, he noted we tend toward being “addicted to our reality”.  In fact, our raising from childhood to adulthood points us towards waiting on reality to tell us who we really are.  This is so engrained in us that our heart rises and falls with our results.  It can become at times very disheartening.  Taking this a step further, many times we see our undesirable reality and project this onto God.  We feel God sees us based on our results.   


Although we want different results in our lives, those results do not define us.  Furthermore, those results are not how God sees us.  Early in my athletic coaching days, I came across a quote from Tony Robbins that has stuck with me for years.  There is no such thing as failure, only results.   I used this for years as motivation for both my players and for myself.  Now, as I coach others in life, leadership, business, etc., I am compelled to add to the quote, “…those results may not be what I desire, but they do not define me!” 


So, how does God see me…you…us?
  • As His creationGenesis 1:26, 31a  God made us in His image and he said this was “very good.”  He never changed His mind on the fact that we are made in His image.  This is CERTAIN!  
  • As Powerful – Ephesians 3:20  His power is already in us.  Go live as God’s POWERFUL CREATION! 
  • As Loved – Romans 8:39  His love is always there and available.  You, are, LOVED! 
  • As HE, does not see us as Humankind does – No matter how we think we are viewed, God views us from a place of love, grace, mercy, and compassion.  He is disappointed with us much less, than we are with ourselves.  
In a sense, at times, we set our results up in the place of God.  I at times think I am hearing God’s voice of disappointment when my results are not acceptable.  When we make our results our definition of who we are - WE WILL NEVER MEASURE UP!  I sincerely want to work every day to be a better version of myself.  However, my focus should not be on my results.  My focus should always be on how God sees me.  When I live as the man that God sees, and believe in His love, then the things that I cannot control will not control my heart and me. 


Find some time this week to reflect on God’s truth about you.  Find a trusted friend or guide to help you touch the truth about who God made you to be.  Develop the mindset that no matter the results, I am God’s Creation! 


I was fortunate to speak on this topic to a group of men.  The video is located HERE. 


Blessings. 


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Journey...



Week 43:

I was reading a blog article on The Crucible Project website this morning written by my friend and mentor Judson Poling.  It is titled:  The Long and Winding Road (Hmmm, reminds me of a song). 

Judson’s perspective on focusing on just the step ahead reminds me how I tend to view life.  I wrote on this in a Devotional blog article a couple of years ago titled:  Destination…  Today, I still tend toward living my life as if I am working toward a destination and not the journey.

Now, there is some truth to living for a destination.  However, that destination is the ultimate one…Heaven, eternity with Jesus.  Unfortunately, I tend to live daily for a destination hoping just to catch a breath.  What happens is that once I reach the “destination” I realize that there is more to the journey.  I become disappointed and discouraged that I have not yet arrived. 

God only promises one destination.  The rest of this life is a journey of living for His glory and helping others to do the same. 

I am thankful for Judson’s reminder for me to continue to adventure through my journey.

Matthew 6: 27; 31-34

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Questions/Challenges:

1.      Where in your life are you living for the destination?
2.      What are some disappointments/discouragements you have encountered once you felt you had arrived?
3.      What are some ways you can enjoy the mystery of the “Journey”?
4.      Pay attention this week where you are looking to “arrive” rather than journey.  Ask God to grant you peace as you take your next step in your journey.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Handling Criticism...

Week 37:

This week I am pointing you to the blog article I wrote for The Crucible Project Blog.


You can read the article here:  Handling Criticism...

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

How to Soar Like Eagles

Week 34:

This week I will direct you to an article on the Crucible Project Blog written by my friend Dan Kuiper:  How to Soar Like Eagles

God's Blessings on your week!


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Here...let me help you with that


This week’s devotional thought is based on a recent article I have written for the Crucible Project Blog. 

Read the article from the mindset of how you lead others in their walk with Jesus.  Where might you stifle others faith instead of guiding?  What do you need to share of your personal walk that may help others to grow in Christ?

Read the article HERE

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

A shared post on another blog...

This week I would like to share a post from a good friend, mentor, and leader in my life; John Casey.  He is a gifted teacher and this week's post is well worth the read.  Click Here to read what he posted on The Crucible Project blog.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Signs of the times...?

Week 20:

Romans 1:28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.


This week, I have been struck by the media and its portrayal of our society.  What has become “news” amazes me.  From those stories, are we seeing a true moral decay, or just a minority share of society’s take on the culture?

For this week’s thought, I am going to link to Tom Vermillion’s post about Bruce Jenner (Read it here).  After reading the article, reflect on the questions below:

Questions/challenges:

1.      Tom believes that Bruce made a choice.  There are Christians who believe the opposite.  What do you believe?
2.      Do you agree or disagree that our culture believes that God’s standards are “restrictive”? 
3.      Many of us have people in our lives who are dealing with this or similar hot topic decisions.  How are you handling that now? 
4.      If you have not faced a controversy like this with someone you know yet, how do you suppose you will handle the situation?
5.      What do we, as a group of Christians, need to do? 
6.      Where do we stand up and where to do we reach out?
7.      I agree with Tom, God must be brought into the discussion.  How do we do that?  How would you do that?
8.      Would you be willing to commit to praying for this situation as well as many like it in our country?

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