The position I played in football back in the day was strong safety. It was a defensive position. My job was to defend my opponent from getting in the end zone. It was all about defense. The better wall we collectively put up as a team, the least likely our opponent was able to penetrate that wall and score.
Being defensive served its purpose. When we played solid defense, we usually won. As they say, the best defense is often times the best offense.
Being great at defense served me well when...
We are all feeling some strain at this point of an ongoing pandemic that doesn’t seem to have any end in sight. I know I certainly am having COVID-19 and mask fatigue. I miss seeing people’s faces. I miss seeing people’s smiles. I understand the importance of wearing masks and I am doing my part, but I can’t wait to see people’s smiles again.
It’s easy to lose hope during this time. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one during this...
I have been doing a lot of reflecting back on my life lately. Not to live in the past, but to learn from it, so I can heal and grow.
I have lived the majority of my life with a sense of heaviness. I have felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.
There have been periods of happiness, but it’s almost always based on external circumstances.
As I am trying to understand the main source of my pain, God put this so strongly on my heart.
Overwhelming Need for Control
The number one...
As I am sitting down to write this our nation is in the middle of a heated political election that as of this time is undecided.
The county I live in, Boulder County, will move to safer at home level 3 restrictions due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.
The fires are still burning in many parts of the state of Colorado where I live.
There is a lot of tension, anxiety and fear in our world right now.
My question is how are we going to respond?
What if we did the opposite of the way the world...
“The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” –William Booth
Learning to surrender control to God has been one of the hardest things to do on my journey since I have become a Jesus follower about ten years ago.
I have felt the need to control, manipulate, and do things under my own strength so life circumstances turn out the way I think they should. This is true in every area of my life including relationships, finances and career.
What it Means to...
If you were like me you were riveted to the TV on Super Bowl Sunday, and no I am not talking about the halftime entertainment. I knew it would be an amazing game, I just didn’t think the Kansas City Chiefs had another come from behind win in them, especially playing the powerhouse San Francisco 49ers.
As I reflected back on the game, I walked away with three life lessons that I believe can apply to everyone’s life.
Life Lesson Number One: Never Give Up
Patrick Mahomes said...
How easy is it to slip back into our old faulty patterns? I have found myself back to trying to run my fitness ministry under my own strength. Do you know where that gets me? Exhausted, stressed out and burnt out.
I am a self-professed professional striver and perfectionist. I seem to be able to step away from those faulty patterns for a period of time, but after a while I find myself striving and being performance based. It never seems to work out.
Complete Dependence on God
How I want to...
As I sit down to write this I want you to know I have zero regrets in my life as this is the journey that God has me on and I am learning to love and embrace my story. There is also no sense of blame for anything that has happened in my life as I have learned that not all things are good, but all things work out for good because our God is good.
That being said, I wonder how the trajectory of my life would have been different if someone would have started a gym church at the...
Whether we want to admit it or not we are all creatures of habit. The vast majority of us do the same things day after day. We eat the same foods, we think the same thoughts, we drive to work the same way.
Of course that is good in many ways. Thank goodness we don’t have to re-learn how to drive a car every day. We have that habit instilled in us to the point we often times drive somewhere and have no recollection of how we even got there. ...
Increase Your Energy and Change the World
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
One thing I have struggled with over the years is having an abundance of energy. Often times I don’t wake up feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep or I feel sluggish throughout the day. This is one thing I have been really working hard on over the past several months. ...