Monday, August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018 - MAP2MAD

As an athletic director I had to make a schedule for each team… that required intentionality in how many games, where they would be, who they would be against, etc. One thing that was very clear was that the schedule needed to be balanced… we couldn’t play all of our games at home… we hade to enter into the opponent’s territory or meet at some neutral sites. One thing that was clear, was that most schools would only play at our place if we were willing to also go to theirs…

The simple reason this came to mind is due to a message I preached recently from the book of 1 Peter chapter 2, and from a devotion I posted on here a couple of weeks ago. I emphasized a word in verse 12, AMONG, and reminded us that we are called to (as I put it in the previous devotion) “that we can’t make a difference from the bench… or even from the training situations… no matter how many shots you make in practice or warm-ups. They count zero in the game!”

As, I was sharing this passage again, it dawned on me that we often hear challenges to make sure we are faithfully reaching out… that the ministry of the church is outside of the walls. And I do, and have often taught, agree that we need to be more intentional in that way. Yet, that doesn’t negate the importance of what we do inside the walls either…

The bottom line is, like good athletic directors, we must create a balanced schedule in which we schedule time “home” and “away.” We should keep inviting folks to come to our place; and we should in turn be willing to go to theirs… and if that is not a good option find a neutral site…

Bottom line is that we need to make sure we are gaining an audience with those we are trying to reach! That involves planning… intentionality…

1 Corinthians 15: 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

The word ABOUNDING has the idea in Greek of not just exceeding but also of excellence!

MAP2MAD: Make A Plan to Make A Difference

Monday, August 6, 2018

August 6, 2018 - Stick Out Your Tongue!

I remember when I was younger, I always played hoops with my tongue out… no, I wasn’t imitating Michael Jordan (this was before his time in the limelight) … I was just intense! I can remember being told many times that I was going to bite it off one day.

The reason this crazy sports memory came to me actually took place while showing some music videos to my daughter. In every video that showed a powerful performance there was a common denominator: great performers make crazy faces! Basically, we see that the more intense/passionate someone is about his craft, the more into he gets and loses any concern for how he looks to others. Bottom line is that we are not moved by seeing great skills… we are moved by seeing great passion!

This somewhat falls in line with last week’s devotion where I talked about those that are “all show, no go.” No matter how prepared someone is, it is lacking unless he is passionate about it.

Preparation - Passion = Passivity (one will be inactive when not passionate)

Preparation + Passion = Power (this one will Go MAD… Make A Difference)

The Scriptures are clear on what things we should be intensely focused on… 2 Corinthians 5:9 “Therefore we also have as our AMBITION, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.”

That word AMBITION has the definition of being one’s aim, something one is striving earnestly for…

In other words, we should “stick our tongues out or make funny faces” and focus in on trying to “be pleasing to Him” by being fully engaged in “the game.” Let’s Go MAD!