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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Goodness

Psalm 31:19 “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, and worked for those who take refuge in you. 

Let me encourage you today that the goodness of the Lord is abundant. It is infinite. It is never-ending and never-failing. As we take refuge in Him from the storms of this life, He desires to pour out His goodness in our lives. Even when the storms we are walking through seem anything but good, God is working His goodness in us and through us. He is transforming us to be more like Him. He is giving us a story to encourage others and ultimately to bring glory to Him. Take some time to reflect on the abundant goodness of our God. Praise Him for it and ask Him to give you eyes to see His goodness in whatever circumstances you find yourself walking through today.

- Hannah Calhoun

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Selfless

During my years as a college football coach, I coached the receivers. Most people think receivers are the guys who catch the football. The receivers I coached knew differently. Some of my receivers played an upwards of 70 plays in a single game. It was rare if any of them caught more than 10 balls during one game. They spent the other 60 plays not catching the football, but blocking for others who were running with the football.

Over 80% of the time, receivers aren’t the guys who catch the ball. They are the guys who block.

A good block is one of the most selfless acts a football player can perform. As his teammate is running down the field trying to score a touchdown, the blocking receiver must put his ego aside. He must put forth an all-out effort to keep the defender in front of him from tackling his teammate. The blocking receiver must adopt a “not me, but you” mentality. He must think to himself, “This is not about my glory. It is not about me scoring a touchdown and receiving all the praise. This is about me laying my body on the line so my teammate can score a touchdown and receive all the praise.” This mentality makes for a good receiver and a good teammate.

In John 15:13, Jesus says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” The life of Jesus Christ exemplifies the “not me, but you” mentality. Rather than block a defender so we could score a touchdown, Jesus lived a perfect life, died an excruciating death, and rose from the grave so you and I could spend eternity in heaven. He truly laid down his life for you and me. In football terms, Jesus performed a vicious crack-back block on death. He decleated sin.

As a former receivers coach, I love a great block. Nothing excites me more on the football field. As a human, I love what Christ did for me. Nothing excites me more in life.

John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

- Tristan Griffin

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