The Jesus Model of Service

In this country we talk about political “service.” It’s anything but “service” as intended by the founding fathers. Politics today is some combination of get-rich scheme and massaging egos. It’s not true service to others. Want to see real service in action? Look to Jesus.

Jesus came simply to serve. When they wanted to make him a king he snuck away. He simply lived for us and then died for us. He started humbly and died more than humbly. He played no favorites, especially those who wanted political advantage from him. He simply served.

There is no better model of service than Jesus. Every politician—especially those self-proclaimed “Christians”—should be reading the Jesus playbook on service. If they did this country would truly be in a better place, not to mention a better world.

Have a GREAT day! And trying serving today!

Your One-Word Summary of the Bible?

Some may summarize the Bible in one word as “God.” Others may say “Jesus.” I think the clear one-word summary of the Bible is “love.”

In the Old Testament, God commands us to love Him by loving others (“Love your neighbor as yourself” Leviticus 19:18). We didn’t do such a good job listening to God so He gave us His Son to walk in love for us. Before His death, Jesus repeated the command to “love” (“Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12).

The Bible is fundamentally all about love because life should be about love. Why? For starters, God commands it and Jesus lived it—to His death out of love for us.

Live a little—no, make that a LOT—in love today. And not just those who it is convenient to love!

Golf & Faith: Need to Swing Through!

A week off really helped to clear my head. It may not sound so comparing golf and faith, but I see the comparison between the two clearer than ever.

If you really want to hit a golf ball pure and long, you have to swing through the ball, completing your swing. Stop short of accelerating your swing and not completing it and you are not maximizing how far the ball goes.

The same is true with faith. You have to “swing through” on faith not stopping short but going all the way. For example, Jesus lived and died to deliver His very simple message to love everyone. His command to love is the same command that God the Father gave us but we ignored. It took Jesus to live and die a bloody death to bring the “love” message to life.

Well, you can’t kind of love or sort of love. You have to love completely. Totally and completely. You have to swing through on love. If not, you are not maximizing your faith. You are not a total follower of Jesus. Not a total Christian.

I can go on and on about this but will stop here. Want to succeed at golf and faith? Then simply swing though all the way!

Have a GREAT day! And swing through!!!

Abundant Hope in Your Future!

There is not just a little hope in your future but abundant hope in your future. If you cast your life with Jesus what God said to Jeremiah…

“There is hope in your future.” Jeremiah 31:17

Comes to life in Jesus…

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 

Life is all about where your priorities are. Make your world your priority and live with what the world hands you. Make God your priority, truly following the life Jesus laid out for us, and there is abundant hope in your future. Every day is a great day with doors open up all over the place, regardless of any windows that close. Hope truly does spring eternal in Jesus’ footsteps. Follow them!

Have an abundant hope-filled day!

Pray Big Today!

Read this In the Company of Prayer and thought it was a good thought for the day:

“One of my most inspiring friends was the late Harlowe B. Andrews of Syracuse, one of the best businessmen and competent spiritual experts I ever knew. He said the trouble with most prayers is that they aren’t big enough. ‘To get anywhere in faith,’ he said, ‘learn to pray big. God will rate you according to the size of your prayers.’ Doubtless he was right, for Scripture says ‘According to your faith be it unto you.’ (Matthew 9:29)” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

Have a GREAT day and an even better week!

Harnessing the Power of God

God created you. God is in you. God is woven into your very fabric. So, it stands to reason that you can do anything if you just BELIEVE that God is not only in you but is also behind you pushing. As Mets pitcher Tug McGraw years ago immortalized, “Ya Gotta Believe!” Of course, he was talking about baseball. I am talking about life. But the same words hold true—Ya Gotta Believe!!!

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 

Doubt is the universal cancer eating away at your amazing potential in life. I guarantee that almost all reading this now have doubts. “I can’t move mountains.” “That’s silly.” “I can’t do this or that.” Well, I beg to differ. BELIEVE and let it wipe all doubt away. You can move mountains. It’s all about harnessing that power of God in you. It’s in you!

Have a great week. Let belief rule this week, wiping all doubt away. And move some mountains!!! I know you can. Better yet—God knows you can and will if you just BELIEVE!