golf

Rhythms to Life

I used to play a lot of golf and really enjoyed it. I am a competitive person and I thrived on being teamed with my good buddy Duane and playing against another two-person team. I was my best when I followed my “pre-set routine” and was really relaxed. Having a regular “rhythm” allowed me to perform my best under pressure.

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35 ESV). Jesus had His rhythms, too. He had His calendar in order—perfectly in line with what God wanted.

Jesus also had many days of pressure, real pressure, not like I faced on the golf course. Can you even imagine the trials He faced—including many we don’t know about—to knock Him off the course God had him on?

What role did rhythms play in His life? What role can my rhythms play in my life to help me with the challenges I face?

Jesus came down to earth for many things, one to be a perfect role model for me and for you. In addition to my golf routine, I have a morning routine, but sometimes it feels like a dull boring practice that I labor through in order to check the box and feel somewhat good about myself.

I need God to refuel me each morning, give me perspective and talk to me. I need to feel His presence. I need time to thank God for giving me breath, at least for the moment. It doesn’t work this way all of the time, but when it does, it’s amazing and I feel like I’m ready to tackle my day. I have tried to skip my morning routine and something always goes wrong—I end up either irritable, anxious or just plain upset with something or someone.

I am very curious to know if there are other rhythms I could adopt that would prepare me for when I meet Him one day. Feel free to share your ideas. What are the rhythms you see as important to help you become all that God wants you to be?

I want so badly to mirror my King Jesus and rise early in the morning and pray to my Heavenly Father.

I try and think often of what I need to give up or say no to in order to make Jesus my priority.

What are somethings that you have given up to make Jesus your priority like Jesus made God the Father His priority?

Discuss
crowd

Standing Ovation

Everyone dreams, right?

My dream was this:

Bottom of the ninth, game 7 of the World Series and the bases are loaded, 3 balls, 2 strikes. We’re down 4 to 1. The pitch, the swing, it’s a high fly ball to center field, going back at the wall… its gone! …

Keep Reading / Discuss
trust

Bank Treasure

I worked at a bank for a number of years and my desk used to be right out in the lobby. I saw a lot of people do interesting things at the branches I worked at.

A few older retired people used to come in and sit in the lobby …

Keep Reading / Discuss
youarehere_one-to-ten

On a scale of 1 to 10

In the middle of my research for the white paper on work-life balance, I was feeling pretty good about my marriage to Nicole. Our son Luke was almost 2, healthy and happy. Although we had had some rough spots, I thought I was at least a 7 out of 10 …

Keep Reading / Discuss
greg_pitch3

Speaker, Writer, Encourager

After becoming MVP and hitting a record number of home runs as a t-baller at age 9, I lost my ability to hit home runs and my dreams of a professional baseball career never materialized. Now decades later, I’m thrilled to be hitting home runs in areas I call “Calendar, Cash, & Calling,” and I’m excited to share what God has taught me. Don’t get stranded at third base—this blog is all about making it home in these critical areas of your life.

baseball

Illustration of a male head icon with a heart

Head vs Heart

I believe two of the greatest events ever to occur in the history of the world were–Abraham and Isaac, and Jesus and the Cross.

When we begin to understand what happened it is just unbelievable.

Radical.

Crazy.

Abraham was promised a son for years, and it took a long time for this son Isaac to come. Then one day God says sacrifice him, your only son.  Abraham did not argue—he understood what God wanted him to do and he prepared to do it.  Abraham knew God, he loved God, he wanted to please Him and no one else. He developed this relationship with God over decades and then was called upon to do something radical, something crazy, but he loved God so much that he went ahead with it.

Obedience.

What drove Abraham up the mountain that day with Isaac?  Did he have a good plan?  Did he think it over and think it was a good idea?  Did it make sense from a human perspective?

No.  No.  No and definitely no!

Abraham wanted to please God, and the only way we can please God is by faith.  “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6

Abraham had faith that what God was telling him to do would work out.

Radical faith.

God knows best.

We do not.

Abraham had free will. He could have refused God’s outrageous request. But he didn’t.

Jesus cried out to God for plan B.  Abba, if there is any way we can do this another way, not my will but your will, Abba.

Jesus had free will plus the ability to end it at any time by calling down legions of angels to annihilate anyone and everyone—to end plan A.  “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?”  Matthew 26:53

Yet, He did not.

Obedience.

What drove Jesus up the mountain to complete the greatest act ever?  The most radical act ever?  The most generous act ever?

Did He use his head?  No.

I believe what drove Jesus and Abraham up the same mountain—some scholars believe at the same exact place¹—was their love of God. They deeply wanted to please Him, and Him alone.

Their hearts. Not their heads.

Just think, God set up the two greatest events ever to take place, at the same exact spot, forever linked to one another.

Maybe God wants to do something radical in your life too? With the resources He has entrusted to you.  With the time He has entrusted to you. With the calling he has placed upon your heart.

When our moment comes, will we know how to respond with our heart instead of our head?

With Abraham and Jesus, God started by building a relationship. He invites us into relationship, too.  We nurture that relationship by getting to know Him, spending more and more time with Him, so that we fall deeply in love with Him. He wants to have the most amazing relationship with us.  He wants to be our everything, just like He was for Abraham and Jesus.

What are we doing to grow our hearts more like Abraham and Jesus?

Is there something we can give up over the next seven days that would help build our relationship with God?

¹“Today, Mount Moriah refers to the Temple Mount for Jews, Golgotha for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock for Muslims[1].”  [1] Scham, Sandra. (2004). “High Place: Symbolism and Monumentality on Mount Moriah, Jerusalem.”  Antiquity 78, no. 301:654-55.

 

Discuss
fahter_son

A Kiss

From the time I was 7, I dreamed of having a little boy. I was raised without my biological father and no one in my family really looked like me. To have a son may have been a selfish desire, but nonetheless it was a dream that never faded.

The …

Keep Reading / Discuss
IMG_8744

Five minutes after we die

“Five minutes after we die, we’ll know exactly how we should have lived.”

—Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle

Even though I probably don’t know you, I’m guessing you don’t want to wait to know how you should have lived; you want to live the way you are supposed to live—now.…

Keep Reading / Discuss