Monday, April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018 - Changing Lineups

Just a quick reminder this week of the reality of life and the expectation of how we should handle it…

Life, like sport, is uncertain. There are no guarantees because there are so many moving parts. There is an old phrase (idiom) that states, “the laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.” This is used typically when things don’t go the way we have planned, despite preparations for success. (And the adverse can be true as well, at times things go better than expected…)

One example of that recently is the Cleveland Cavaliers… they are currently in the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Indiana Pacers; and last night they had, I think I heard, their 33rd starting lineup of the season. Their team has been ravaged by injuries, trades, etc.

Yet there is a simple rule in sport… Next Man Up. In other words, each guy needs to stay ready for whatever the day may bring… circumstances do not change the expectations… no excuses… just take care of today’s business!

With the uncertainty of life, let me remind us that circumstances do not change the expectation of our purpose and plan to GO MAD (Make A Difference) in our world.

It is not wrong to make plans, but ultimately, we simply need to take care of today!

Matthew 6:34 Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things, Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Note: it doesn’t say not to plan any for tomorrow… just that worrying about those plans is a waste of time and energy since there is no certainty about what will transpire… the lineup might change.

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018 - Stay Hungry My Friends!

Peinao: Greek

1.       to hunger, be hungry

a.       to suffer want

b.       to be needy

2.       metaph. to crave ardently, to seek with eager desire

We have just gone through March Madness and now the NBA Finals are upon us… over and over the word “hungry” is used. It is used to describe players and teams that are playing with a sense of urgency; those that show great determination… Obviously everyone wants to win, but there comes a time when circumstances create an added desire or drive.

When we see athletes with this mindset we acknowledge their “hunger” and may even state that they have “the eye of the tiger” … ready to pounce!

And the reality is, the greats in any sport are the guys that never seem to lose that hunger…

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” – Larry Bird

“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.” – Magic Johnson

(Yes, I went old school with these old champions… but there is a reason they had such a great rivalry… their mutual “hunger.”)

So, bottom line tonight is this… what are you hungry for? I mean truly hungry for… not just what you want or would like… but instead what you are going after with the eye of the tiger…

Jesus said this in Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

The word “satisfied” is the Greek, Chortazo. It means to fill or satisfy the desire…

I want you to be satisfied in life… and for the believer that happens through our seeking righteousness.

Proverbs 16:26 states: A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on.

Stay hungry my friends!