You are only a failure when the number of times you have fallen is greater than the number of times that you have gotten up… Back when the Miami Heat was a real basketball team and not the spectacle it is today, Dwayne Wade was considered the best player in the league. After winning the … Continue reading Fall Seven, Rise Eight
Like it or not, if you are an American you have more than likely seen the classic film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. From chocolate rivers to disturbing, little orange men, Willy Wonka no doubt yielded some interesting characters! One such character was a spoiled little girl named, Veruka Salt. Her quest for a “golden egg laying goose” within the walls of the famed Chocolate Factory eventually led to her demise ( … or dismissal … or, whatever happened). Her enabling father went as far as to say that he would get her this magic goose — just not at the time she wanted. One musical score and awkward dance later, Veruka’s last words would be, “I want it NOW!”
It has always been said that how you are PERCEIVED is how you are eventually RECEIVED. What does that mean you ask? Simply put, if someone thinks you are a mean person, they will treat you like a mean person. If someone thinks you to be positive and fun, more than likely you will have quite a few more friends than someone who isn’t.
Before getting into full time Christian ministry, I worked part time at an electronics store selling computers, TVs, and other nifty gadgets. I was “programmed” to always recommend and stress the importance of surge protectors to go along with the customer’s purchase. Being the good boy I am, howbeit reluctantly, I gave the speech and sent many people home with a device that I was convinced was a total WASTE! I maintained that mindset for the next couple years until the unthinkable happened — POWER SURGE!
Growing up as kid, one of the tragedies we had to face in life was when are favorite toy BROKE! It was at this moment when every child runs to their dad asking him to fix it. His response would ultimately dictate the future of that toy. Sometimes the dad doesn’t want to be bothered and simply exclaims, “I’ll buy you a new one…” While that was certainly an acceptable answer, it does not compare to him saying, “Let’s FIX it…” As juvenile and silly as it sound, I’m certainly glad that God is in the “Let’s Fix It” business! The issue with that wonderful exclamation is that often He wants His people to do the work.
When we think of the life and ministry of Jesus, we always assume that he is talking to the multitudes. However, some of the most powerful truths that our Lord ever shared was among His most trusted and beloved friends. The entirety of John 14-17 is Jesus speaking in the upper room to His disciples; mere hours away from being taken captive and eventually crucified.