From Our Hearts to Yours
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said, “The quality of your life will be determined by the depth of your commitment to excellence, no matter what your chosen field.” With this in mind, here are some questions you can ask yourself as you strive to live for Christ:
- What are the most important commitments in my life?
- Can I honestly say I’m giving my best to those commitments?
- How can I do better at carrying out those commitments?
- What price am I willing to pay to make those commitments happen?
These questions will help you evaluate your priorities before God, and your answers will enable you to determine how to best spend your time and energy on the things that really matter?
In football a “huddle” is used to tell players what the next play will be. Imagine such a huddle of two—a seasoned coach, the apostle Paul, and a young player, timid Timothy. Perhaps with his arm affectionately around young Timothy’s shoulders, the aged Paul tells his protégé exactly how to handle the battles he’s encountering in ministry (1 Timothy 1:18-19):
- Be a good soldier. Paul encouraged Timothy—and you—to “wage the good warfare” by…
maintaining a hold on “faith”
clinging tightly to your faith
refusing to give in to temptation
living out your faith with a clear conscience
- Be a good sailor. Paul used the picture of a shipwreck to illustrate that you and all believers are to navigate through sin and error by having “a good conscience”- one that is guided by these forces: God’s Word, prayer, and Christian fellowship.
Huddle with God and find out the game plan. Heed His wisdom and instruction. And when you fumble or drop the ball (and you will!), God has given you the way back to His plan: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). Accept God’s forgiveness and grace—and get back into the game!
What is your Number 1 problem today? Is it a challenge you are facing? Something at work you must resolve? An issue with your spouse or a child or someone else? Then help yourself to God’s power as promised in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This one mighty truth can give you the confidence you need for finding the right solution to a problem and carrying it out.
And, as you deal with your problems, make sure you express your gratitude to God in praise. Praise is not an activity that is limited to life’s positive moments-you can also thank and praise God in the hard times. Giving thanks and praise to God, even when life is rough, will help you maintain a right perspective, no matter what happens.
God, please remind me of Your promise of Your power and strength often. When I doubt, help me to believe; when I am afraid, help me to trust in You. This is my confession today: You are my strength. Amen.
When I ask a woman who’s enjoying an energetic life and ministry how she does it, I cringe every time I hear those two dreaded words—diet and exercise.
We’re told in the Bible that how we manage our body affects our ministries and the quality of our lives. The apostle Paul put it this way: “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27).
If your goal is a quality of life filled with quality days of serving the Lord, His people, and your family, attention to your body is key!
Father, because I want to be a good steward of the body You have given me to take care of and to serve You with, I want to pay more attention to my health. I’m going to start exercising in some way and eating more nutritious foods. Please watch over me and guard my health. I want to present my body to You as a living sacrifice—for Your use, Your service, and Your purposes. Amen.