I want to put a word of encouragement and challenge out to all of you who read this:
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!!!!
Now, what do I mean? We've probably all seen people who have attempted something, and failed. They walk away with their heads hung down, greatly distressed. Usually this is different from how they came in. You don't see sports teams start the game with their heads down, nor will you see people at this year's Olympics start with their heads down. And the winners don't leave with their heads down, either.
Why does this matter? After all, life is much more than just games and athletics. But, we can learn from these things. Arnold Palmer's father taught him that 'whatever game you play, 90 percent of success is from the shoulders up."
The success of our efforts will mostly be determined by whether we have a positive attitude about it. If we go forward expecting that things will not improve, then, guess what, they never will. If we look for problems, we will be sure to find them, and I assure you, they are there, but there are possibilities as well.
I encourage you to see the positive, and to move forward this week trusting that the God who used Joseph's mean brothers, Gideon's small army, Moses' stuttering, Peter's hotheadedness, Paul's stubbornness, John's exile, Stephen's death, Jeremiah's frustration, Jonah's disobedience, and, well, you get the idea....that this same God will use what you are facing to do greater things than you have imagined, that He will honor His promise to make all things work together for the good of them that love Him.
Now, it doesn't say it's all going to be good, but that it will work together for our good. Sometimes things are like medicine or vitamins, they don't taste good, but it is for our good.
The occasional thoughts of an ordinary man serving an extraordinary God. Come with me as we learn, teach, and laugh along the way.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Keep your head up!!!
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