The Glorious Table – Do You Have a Victim Mentality?

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As I continue my work to stay ready and available for God to move in and through me, he is working on both my head and my heart. Recently my responses have taken a front-row seat in this journey of refinement and alignment.

In the parable of the vineyard workers in Matthew 20, Jesus tells the story of a landowner who hired workers at various times throughout the day. He told the first workers he hired he’d pay them one denarius each. He told the workers he hired later that he’d pay them “whatever is right.” At the end of the day, the first workers thought their compensation would change when the landowner paid the later workers that same one denarius. They were wrong.

Why Our Plans Rarely Work Out

Football & Family

I’m writing over at Friday Night Wives today! Jordan was one of my Favorite Football Bloggers I featured a little while ago so I was excited for the opportunity to guest post!

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t’s unlikely such a question will cause many dissolves into hysterical laughter, but the day a speaker asked: “Are we willing to allow God to alter our plans?” I couldn’t hold in my emotions. Close to two decades of living the football life have taught me many things, one of which is that no two years will look the same. The other is that our plans will rarely work out as we expect.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we won’t anticipate, speculate, and dream. Our coaches practice plan, game plan, prepare recruiting plans, and sometimes plan vacations. But within each of these plans, there is an unspoken understanding. These “plans” in reality are game-time decisions loosely held.

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How to Break Down a Lie

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I recently read a devotional based on the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. The author suggested writing out the truths and lies we saw in that chapter. So I did.

My breakdown of truth and lies in 1 Samuel 17, verse by verse:

Truth

  1. 12: David is the son of Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, Jesse.
  2. 12: David is one of eight sons.
  3. 14: David is the youngest son.
  4. 15: David shepherds his father’s flocks.
  5. 29: David should be able to challenge the men about Goliath.
  6. 32: David’s words and actions are the same.
  7. 39: Saul’s armor isn’t right for David.
  8. 45: David acts in God’s name.

Lies

  1. 28: Eliab, his brother, says David has a wicked heart.
  2. 33: Saul, his king, says David is too young to fight.

David was a shepherd stepping into the role of a soldier. Many men before him had attempted and failed to kill Goliath. Did you notice what I noticed? Although this chapter has more truths than lies, the lies feel weightier.

 

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When Strengths and Passions Collide

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I’ve always been one of those people who does a little bit of everything. Often my activities pull me in multiple directions with minimal overlap. In high school I was a student athletic trainer and served on my youth group leadership team. My resume includes a variety of jobs including working for a local health department, on college campuses, and as an administrative assistant, not to mention as a swim lesson instructor. I’ve continued to stay involved in ministry through mentoring, in Young Life, or by leading college Bible studies.

I’ve enjoyed almost every job and ministry opportunity that has crossed my path, but with each one I’ve felt a bit like a fish out of water. I never thought those jobs used my strengths or passions.