There are SO many truths in Scripture about being teachable to others. I would say that probably my biggest strength is my ability to learn from others. I’m not ashamed of it. Teach me something!

Proverbs 9:8-9 (NIV) “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; Teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.”

Proverbs 10:22 (NIV) “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs 12:1 (NIV) “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”

Proverbs 12:15 (NIV) “Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to others

Proverbs 19:20 (NIV) “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.”

Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 28:26 (NIV) “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”

Recovering From Mistakes

Okay, so if you are a football fan then you’ve probably noticed that there have been two really really ridiculous play calls this year by some of the leagues best coaches.

The first one was by Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots who went for it on 4th and 2 at his own 28 yd line when they were up by 6 pts over the undefeated Indianpolis Colts.

They didn’t get it.

Bad decision. Colts score. Patriots lose.

The other one was the other night. Mike Tomlin, coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, decided to go for an onside kick while they were up 30-28 over the Green Bay Packers with 3:58 left in the game.

They didn’t get it.

Bad decision. Packers score.

But the Steelers came back and scored on the last play.

Both bad decisions. Different outcomes.

Reminds me to always RECOVER from my bad decisions. It’s not over when I’m way off. I just have to figure out how to recover. How to win even when I’m not perfect.

We have to learn to say “I’m sorry.” Work on our weaknesses. Change. Be proactive and solution oriented. Learn from mistakes. Verbally admit our imperfections.

*Here are some posts I wrote on responding to failure here, here, here, & here.

Shalom In The Home: Restore Any Broken Relationships

A couple of weeks ago I spoke a message to our college students called “Shalom in the Home.” I coached them on how to go back home and have peace in their families. Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace. My encouragement to them was to be leaders, examples, and proactive members of their family.

So over the next few days I’m passing some ideas on to you in case you need some extra peace in your home and you tend to wait around for the magic peace fairy to wave it’s wand. 🙂

1. Restore Any Broken Relationships

During times with family there can be a lot of hostility. There can be some weirdness. Is there any relationship in your life that is strained? Weird? Awkward? Because our lack of communication and confrontation in relationships is destroying families, marriages, and friendships.

There doesn’t have to be anything bad wrong for a relationship to be messed up.

  • It could be a lack of approval from a dad.
  • An unsupportive mother.
  • A jealous brother.
  • An old girlfriend or boyfriend with no closure.
  • A member of the family could have hurt you and you are holding on to it.

Romans 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

Have the tough conversation. You’ll feel better when you do.

Today Not Tomorrow

I’ve been thinking about a little concept called living for today. Not tomorrow.

Paul told the church at Corinth “Today is the day of salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2

The psalmist says “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Matthew 6:34

Sometimes I carry too much weight and pressure in my mind and subconscious about the future. I worry about tomorrow. I dwell on the unknowns. I am a planner. I am a control freak. I am a perfectionist.

But it’s really all about TODAY. God made this day good.

And it’s all about HIM. And what He’s already done and what He’s already made good.

This is one of my “tweets” from today:

“Live  for Christ TODAY because TODAY turns into TOMORROW and TOMORROW turns into the NEXT DAY. Live one day at a time!”

Simple Ways God Speaks #7

#7 Creation

I’m NOT talking about pantheism which says God is everything and everything is God. Pantheism is worshipping what God has made and I’m just saying that I see God in what he has made.

There have been many times I’ve been overwhelmed by how BIG God is in creation:

  • Recently on vacation I saw dolphins swimming on the shore of the ocean in Destin. Freakin awesome!
  • I saw some breathtaking views of the Himalayas in Nepal.
  • My wife and I take beautiful drives through the Ozarks in the fall.
  • If you’ve never been white water rafting in Colorado you haven’t lived.

I’m just in awe of God when I see these things. It reminds of how creative and big he really is.

God speaks through what He has created.

Simple Ways God Speaks #6

#6 Circumstances

Sometimes things happen and God uses them to speak to us.

When you go to a funeral of someone you love and feel compelled to live a better life. That is God speaking to you. Leave a legacy.

When your boyfriend/girlfriend cheats on you. God is speaking. Get out!

When you lose your temper and yell at someone and embarrass yourself and them. God is trying to get your attention. Get some help.

When you have no money because you spent it on “stuff” and bills are coming soon. God is saying stop spending what you don’t have on things you don’t need so you can pay for the things you do need.

A good question to always ask ourselves when we face difficult circumstances is: God what are you trying to show me through this?

God may be trying to teach you something, challenge you, or test you. God may be allowing you to feel the consequences of your actions so that you won’t repeat them.

God can speak through what your going through.

Simple Ways God Speaks #5

#5 Miracles

Most of the time God speaks in simple, everyday kind of ways but SOMETIMES He does speak through miracles. Some things are just unexplainable.

Jesus healed people. He healed paralyzed people, diseased people, people that were possessed by demons, people that had high fevers.

One time he fed 5000 people with just a couple pieces of fish and some bread. That is a miracle.

God still speaks to us through miracles.

We can dream dreams, have divine passions, see visions, be healed, and do impossible things.

Joel 2:28 “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”