Monday, August 16, 2010

Glen Coffee: Making the Right Choice

After one season in the NFL 49ers running back Glen Coffee took an early retirement, very early. The 23-year-old felt football was not in line with God's will for his life and carried out what he felt God had been leading him to do for a long time.

What a noble and mature decision. That raises the question, are we doing what God wants us to do with our life or are we doing our own thing? Even though the money was good Coffee said he wasn't happy. Have we chosen money over happiness? Do we go without money and happiness? Once we follow God's will we are guaranteed to be happy because we will be lining up with our purpose.

The great leader Moses made a similar decision. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward (Heb 11:26 NLT).

The eternal reward is what we all should aim for it is of lasting value. In the meantime, God also offers an exceptional benefits package on earth. Take a moment to meditate and ask God am I doing what you want me to do? If you are, the blessings will follow. If not, ask him to help you make the switch. If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19 KJV).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lawrence Taylor: Sacking a Destructive Habit

Lawrence Taylor is a 10-time Pro Bowler considered by many to be the greatest defensive player of all time in the NFL. Despite all the sacks he amassed on the field, it appears he failed to sack his illicit sexual desires.

A few days ago Taylor was charged with 3rd degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. If convicted the 51 year old faces up to four years in prison. The woman involved was sixteen although she told Taylor she was nineteen.

The Bible speaks at length on the consequences of being involved with prostitutes and sexual sins. Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth (Proverbs 29:3). Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul (Proverbs 6:32).

The solution to this problem that plagues men can be found in seeking the wisdom of God through his word and building a relationship with him. In his book Courage, Edwin Lewis Cole writes, woman was not created to be mans downfall but his companion. Contrary to popular belief controlling illicit sexual desires leads to true satisfaction.
See also 1 Kings Chapter 11 King Solomon's Downfall

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Arenas: Choose Wisdom over Money

Wizards superstar Gilbert Arenas appeared to have it all, 28 years old in the second season of a six-year, $111 million dollar contract. However, when you lack wisdom you really have nothing at all. Arenas pleaded guilty Friday to carrying a pistol without a license in D.C. which is a felony. You have to wonder how Arenas thought it was okay to carry guns, even if they were not loaded, to the Verizon Center which is in essence his workplace.

Just because you have money does not mean you have wisdom. The irony is the Bible states wisdom is to be desired over jewels, money and everything else. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Then you will walk safely in your way and your foot will not stumble (Proverbs 3:13-15,23).

Arenas who is known for his great moves on the court stumbled big time on this one. Sentencing is scheduled for March 26th. Prosecutors agreed not to ask for more than 6 months, but the judge has the final say and could impose the maximum sentence of five years although that is unlikely. The three-time All-Star has also been suspended indefinitely by the league without pay. He is almost certain to miss the rest of the season and stands to lose about 7 million dollars.

Arenas had all the money but failed to obtain wisdom which is free. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6). The Bible contains the wisdom of God. Those who read it and apply it will not stumble.

See also Proverbs 2:10-11, James 1:5

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

McGwire Carried an Unnecessary Weight

After 20 years of dishonesty Mark McGwire finally came clean about using steroids. Let me start by saying I forgive McGwire. However, is it just me or haven’t we all moved on a long time ago. The way he conducted himself in front of Congress in 2005 was all we really needed to know about McGwire and his steroid use. He says he wanted to speak out at the hearing however his lawyers advised him otherwise. That would have still been 15 years after he started taking steroids.

McGwire and many other players cheated themselves and cheated the game. The main reason he told the truth now is because he knew the heat would be on as he gets back into the game as hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.

McGwire says he started using steroids prior to the 1990 season consequently he’s been carrying this unnecessary weight for about 20 years. Hebrews 12:1 says, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. It’s hard to run when you are carrying unnecessary weight. Is there any weight you need to get rid of today? Unnecessary weight slows you down and delays you from reaching the blessed place God desires you to be in. Change those bad habits and come clean about any lies you may have told. Then you will be able to start running toward your blessing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How to Keep Your Job, Watch Your Mouth

Chiefs Running Back Larry Johnson was only 75 yards away from breaking the team record when he was released, all because he couldn't watch his mouth. Following a loss Johnson belittled his head coach and directed a gay slur towards a heckler on twitter. The next day he used the gay slur again towards members of the media in the locker room. Whether we realize it or not words are powerful and should be used wisely.

Ephesians 4:29 says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." In other words watch the foul language. Words should be used to build up others and not tear them down.

Sometimes we may forget God made everyone. So when we call them ignorant, ugly or a gay slur we are talking about God's creation. It cost Larry Johnson his job in Kansas City, it could cost you even more.

For more scriptures on words see:Ephesians 5:4, Colossians 3:8, Proverbs 16:24

Friday, November 6, 2009

Complaining is not the way to solve problems

After coming off the bench in his first game with the Memphis Grizzlies Allen Iverson made it perfectly clear he is not satisfied with his role. Iverson played 18 minutes and scored 11 points. Following the game Iverson was asked how he felt."I had no problems (physically.) I had a problem with my butt sitting on that bench for so long," Iverson said.

Keep in mind Iverson is in his first season with the Grizzlies. He missed all eight preseason games and the first three regular season games with a hamstring injury. If the coach decides to have him come off the bench Iverson should let his game do the talking and see if things improve as time goes on. Instead, the 34 year old proceeded to gripe about how he's not a bench player or a sixth man.

Philippians 2:14 states do all things without murmurings and disputings or in other words complaining and arguing. Ultimately you are complaining against the sovereign God who controls all things. That surely is not pleasing to the Saviour!

In Numbers the children of Israel who complained to God about being in the wilderness died before reaching the promised land. Whether its complaining about your coach, spouse, boss or whoever it may be that is not pleasing to God.

He sees what you are going through and the proper response is to rejoice knowing that his plans are perfect. No matter what, rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in every thing give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Monday, October 26, 2009

True Friendship:Taking one for the Team

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird have a book coming out in November titled "When the Game was Ours." In the excerpts released Magic shares some interesting details about how his close friendship with Isiah Thomas has deteriorated over the years. Magic accused Isiah of spreading rumors he was gay/bisexual when he was diagnosed with HIV back in 1991. Johnson also admitted he played a role in keeping Isiah off the dream team in 1992.

It is very surprising to me that Magic would air his dirty laundry so to speak in such a public forum. In the book Johnson said the failed relationship with Thomas is the biggest personal disappointment of my life.....nothing else is even close. Those are some strong words. However, true friendships are based on love and the Bible says love never fails. (I Corinthians 13:8)

Colossians 3:13-14 says, Forbearing one another and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.

Friends may say things about you or do things to you that hurt deeply. But as Christians we are commanded to forgive just as Christ has forgiven us. That is what love is all about. Magic is writing a book and bringing up incidents that happened nearly 20 years ago. The motivation behind this all seems to be selling books and making money. It's ironic, Magic always had great vision on the court, I guess he doesn't see making amends would be the best play in this situation. Regardless of who is right or wrong we should do what's best for the team or in this case friendship.