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“Why Can’t I Be More Like I Think I Am?”

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” -Thomas Kempis

There are some people in my life who I really wish would get a clue and start acting the way I think they should. I mean if they would simply take my advice on a few things their lives would be so much better, more productive, well lets just say it, more Godly! Ha!

The problem with this mindset is, although I have the answers to everyone else’s issues and flaws around me, I still seem to have trouble helping the guy I see every morning in the mirror. At times I know exactly what he should do, but he just won’t listen.

What does God’s Word say?:

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God-the free life!-even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. James 1:22-25 (MSG)

So, until I can get this guy I meet with every morning in the mirror to listen, it is really pointless to get angry or have unrealistic expectations for those around me. As I get older, I am beginning to realize that my focus needs to be less on fixing those around me, or even trying to fix myself. I must “fix” my eyes on my Maker, Savior and Lord.

I must change my perspective and focus from being self-righteous, and correcting others, to a focus on Christ, the only One who can truly bring change and is the real distributor of righteousness through faith in Him alone.

In the morning, take a good look in the mirror and then walk away allowing Christ to fix the blemishes of our daily lives! Just a thought!

About the author: Lance Brown is the Founder and Director of WhoUWith? Ministries, established in July 2001. He also serves as the Sports Chaplain at Vanderbilt University.

"Why Can't I Be More Like I Think I Am?"

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” -Thomas Kempis

There are some people in my life who I really wish would get a clue and start acting the way I think they should. I mean if they would simply take my advice on a few things their lives would be so much better, more productive, well lets just say it, more Godly! Ha!

The problem with this mindset is, although I have the answers to everyone else’s issues and flaws around me, I still seem to have trouble helping the guy I see every morning in the mirror. At times I know exactly what he should do, but he just won’t listen.

What does God’s Word say?:

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God-the free life!-even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. James 1:22-25 (MSG)

So, until I can get this guy I meet with every morning in the mirror to listen, it is really pointless to get angry or have unrealistic expectations for those around me. As I get older, I am beginning to realize that my focus needs to be less on fixing those around me, or even trying to fix myself. I must “fix” my eyes on my Maker, Savior and Lord.

I must change my perspective and focus from being self-righteous, and correcting others, to a focus on Christ, the only One who can truly bring change and is the real distributor of righteousness through faith in Him alone.

In the morning, take a good look in the mirror and then walk away allowing Christ to fix the blemishes of our daily lives! Just a thought!

About the author:  Lance Brown is the Founder and Director of WhoUWith? Ministries, established in July 2001.  He also serves as the Sports Chaplain at Vanderbilt University.

Where did I put that Oil Can?

Lance Brown is the Founder and Director of WhoUWith? Ministries, established in July 200.  He also serves as the Sports Chaplain at Vanderbilt University.

“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.” -George MacDonald

My truck has this cool feature when I get inside of 35 miles of gas left in the tank the dashboard starts lighting up, peeping and a voice comes through the speakers that says, “Hey, dummy pullover and get some gas!” Ok, I may have made the last part the voice in the speakers up, but the rest is true.

I was wondering, what if God had made each of us with a similar feature? Well, I guess He did physically. We have all been so tired that we hit a “wall” and crashed in our beds asleep. I have seen athletes’ bodies cramp up, lock up and even pass out because their bodies overheated and began to shut down until they got refueled. So, I guess I am wondering why God didn’t put a similar feature in us humans when we begin to tank spiritually? Or, did He?

What does God’s Word say?:

Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ 13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return. Mathew 25:1-12

How do we keep our spiritual tanks full? By spending time with our Creator, Father and Savior each day. I have heard it said that if I miss one day in God’s Word I will notice, if I miss two days then those closest to me will notice, but if I miss three days the world will notice.

I think the story above speaks to those who think they can get by with a little God on Sunday and try to make that little bit of “oil” keep their lamp burning the rest of the week. The problem by the end of most Mondays is our lamp has already burned out and we still got six more days till another refueling Sunday!

Don’t wait for Sunday, get into God’s Word today. Don’t burnout, get fired up! Just a thought!

Control

Laurie Vidal is a Sports Chaplain for Powerboat Racing. He writes an occasional devotion called the “One Minute Gun”. In powerboat racing there is a “one minute gun” to warn the boaters that they have to be in position and ready to go.

Sitting in the boat, in the driver’s suit and helmet and the capsule canopy is closed; the driver is not dressed to keep cool!  So when the weather comes up that delays the start of the race, it really isn’t pleasant for the drivers stuck inside the safety capsule!  But who can control the wind?  Who can control storms when lightning is present?

Sometimes you’ll hear someone say, “oh, (s)he’s a control freak!”  I’ve always wondered how anyone can grow very old and still be one.  Just like a race may be delayed or even postponed because of weather outside of anyone’s control, most of life’s circumstances cannot be controlled. 

About the only thing we can control is our response to what happens to us.  We can kick and scream and make ourselves and others miserable or we can accept and make the most of it.  Granted the better response is not always easy, but generally speaking we can move on a lot faster when we take the high road!

Trying to control things we can’t is exhausting, frustrating and generally makes us end up bitter!  Bitterness is like pushing a self-destruct button, really hurting ourselves. Or we can accept the circumstance; look for a way to move on causing us to get better!  There is only one letter difference between bitter and better! What do you choose?  It is your choice!

“…so that you may discern what is best…”Philippians 1:10”

Father, help me concentrate on how I respond to situations today, not on blaming others for the things that happens.  I ask for discernment and self-control when things seem spinning out of control. Amen

Ernie Els: Grace and Humilty in Victory

I’m a huge Ernie Els fan. I’ve always loved his swing and the way he carries himself. After yesterday though, I’m an even bigger fan.

In case you missed it, Ernie Els won the British Open in dramatic fashion coming back from 6 shots at the start of the day to win the tournament. I was definitely rooting for him to win but the way in which he handled winning was truly amazing.

As he sunk a birdie putt on 18 to close within one shot of leader Adam Scott he celebrated with his caddie and acknowledged the crowd. I was watching closely and I truly believe his celebration wasn’t so much that he closed the gap between he and Adam Scott but more for just finishing a great round. I think Els would have been completely satisfied with that round win or lose. He was just content to play well.

Then, as he waited for Adam Scott to finish the 17th and 18th holes, Els did something interesting. He ate a sandwich. And hung out on the putting green chatting with people. I’ve never seen a golfer so relaxed in this situation. It was uncanny. From what I could tell, Els never watched on as Adam Scott bogeyed 17 and 18 allowing for Els to win the tournament. As Adam Scott missed his par putt on 18, they showed a live shot of Els. He was putting on the putting green. He heard the crowd and knew by their reaction that Scott had missed his putt. Els then casually walked over to his caddie, said some words, and gave him a handshake. You could tell that he was torn. He was glad he won but sad that his friend and competitor, Adam Scott, had played so badly down the stretch. When most men in his situation would be jumping up and down and celebrating, Els was “numb

Beauty and Function – applies to Baseball Parks and Work

Here is an interesting article about an architect who takes his craft and faith seriously – one affects the other in wonderful ways.

He designed one of the best Baseball parks in our country, PNC Park in Pittsburg.

Here is a quote from the article, (Greusel likes to quote Winston Churchill): “First, we shape our buildings, then they shape us.” He believes the need for Christian architects – who bring their worldview to their work – has never been greater. Greusel sites at least three reasons. One, the “creation mandate” (Genesis 1:28) implies that we can continue God’s work on earth by designing spaces that are both useful and beautiful. Two, as creatures made in His image, we honor God by following in His creative footsteps and striving for excellence. And three, designing (and insisting on) beautiful buildings puts us on the front lines of the culture war: “Against the dreary functionalism, commodification, and standardization of concrete boxes, our buildings can reflect both the glory of God and the humanity of man—whether their primary function is to encourage worship or to showcase a perfect double play.”

As Chaplains, are we not called to integrate everything with our calling.

Read this short article and then go to a ball game and watch with new eyes.

Beauty and Function – applies to Baseball Parks and Work

Here is an interesting article about an architect who takes his craft and faith seriously – one affects the other in wonderful ways.

He designed one of the best Baseball parks in our country, PNC Park in Pittsburg.

Here is a quote from the article, (Greusel likes to quote Winston Churchill): “First, we shape our buildings, then they shape us.

Music and Sports – Both of them Affect Us

I read this Blog from Tim Callies today and he linked this You Tube video. He made an interesting point – but it is not quite the point I would like to make. When I watched this video it reminded me that music – live music – gets people’s attention. I will never forget the first live band I saw at the tender age of twelve play the classic CCR hit - Proud Mary. It amazed me. The only instrument I can play well is the radio.

Did you notice the people taking their earplugs out and smiling? What a great scene. Music is a language that speaks to people and makes them respond.

Sports is also a universal tool. My friend Bob Dyar, sports chaplain at Joe Gibbs Racing, says that if Paul were alive today he would use both sports and music as universal ministry tools. Because Paul could be all things to all people. It’s amazing – all people respond to sports and music.

As Sports Chaplains, we have the privilege to speak into people’s lives as they are involved in coaching, supporting, or playing sports. While people are involved at some level of a game – we represent the one who has given us “all things to enjoy.”

Remember today why you are involved. Renew your passion to use sport and not to worship it.

I thought he would want me to remind you.

Wagon Wheel

Music and Sports – Both of them Affect Us

I read this Blog from Tim Callies today and he linked this You Tube video. He made an interesting point – but it is not quite the point I would like to make. When I watched this video it reminded me that music – live music – gets people’s attention. I will never forget the first live band I saw at the tender age of twelve play the classic CCR hit - Proud Mary. It amazed me. The only instrument I can play well is the radio.

Did you notice the people taking their earplugs out and smiling? What a great scene. Music is a language that speaks to people and makes them respond.

Sports is also a universal tool. My friend Bob Dyar, sports chaplain at Joe Gibbs Racing, says that if Paul were alive today he would use both sports and music as universal ministry tools. Because Paul could be all things to all people. It’s amazing – all people respond to sports and music.

As Sports Chaplains, we have the privilege to speak into people’s lives as they are involved in coaching, supporting, or playing sports. While people are involved at some level of a game – we represent the one who has given us “all things to enjoy.”

Remember today why you are involved. Renew your passion to use sport and not to worship it.

I thought he would want me to remind you.