What A SuperBowl Game!

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It is time again for Taylor Wilkens to do his guest post. He always inspires us, and tonight he is talking about the Super Bowl.  Thank you Taylor for your insight, and wisdom.

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Super Bowl Champions 

Today is Superbowl Sunday and right now you, like most Americans, are probably getting together with a bunch of junk food to party with friends and family to watch the big game! I love the super bowl for many reasons— but the ultimate reason for me to watch is because I love good competition. After tonight one team will be crowned champion and the other will fall to second place. This level of game elevates the competition because the stakes are so high. Both of these teams have battled over the past year in the weight room, training, and competition to get to this point and now only one can be the champion. The crowning moment is hugely rewarding because of the effort put into a great victory.

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday one thing has been ringing in my mind on a daily basis— “run in such a way as to win the prize…” It’s the summarizing verse out of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 where Paul is encouraging the Corinthian people to walk out their faith with the highest level of excellence because at the end of this race there will be an imperishable prize for those who did not give up.  How much are you willing to fight for the prize? Super Bowl Sunday is amazing and the glory at the end of the day will be great, but temporary. All the time, energy, and effort going into only a moment of glory! I have so much respect for the coaches and athletes commitment to train and exert so much energy into becoming the best at what they do. We all have stuff in our lives that we put an exceptional amount of work into— yet at the end of all your endeavors, where will you end up? Where will your reward take you? What will be the prize of your life taken into eternity? 

“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them; nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17

The conviction on my heart is to follow Jesus with my whole heart. I have pushed all my chips into the middle, and I have found no reward greater than eternal life in the kingdom of heaven with the God who loves me so much that he offered up His life as a sacrifice for mine. Not only did he take away my sin and guilt but he is preparing a place for me in his kingdom. 

I believe Jesus is calling you to himself today, you are the prize he has been fighting for and pursuing— you are never alone, and you are always loved.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

* New England Patriots won over Atlanta Falcons in overtime 34-28. 

 

Taylor Wilkins
twilkins@fca.org
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When do I Surrender to What Others Want?

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Joyful surrender

Over the past couple days I have been thinking about the opportunity I have to surrender myself to others.

I have been playing the game Monopoly and Settlers of Catan with my brothers which requires a certain level of cut throat attitude to be a successful player. The balance of winning and keeping the peace can be a fine line with these games. It is also a balance I have found myself fighting for throughout some other areas of my life.

When do I fight for what I want?

When do I surrender to what others want?

It seems like a tough balance to find until you listen to what Jesus has required of those who desire to follow Him.

In Luke 9:23 Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

And in Philippians 2:3 we are told by Paul, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

It seems to me that these passages require that I surrender myself to others and deny myself of my own desires. It sounds intense because it is completely the opposite to how most of us think!

I don’t know about you, but I have a difficult time keeping that perspective in mind during my daily activities. Sometimes I will have moments of selflessness, but it isn’t my natural response.

It also sounds like a huge bummer. Why would I want to follow Christ if it means I never get what I want?

And here is why– we are joyfully motivated to serve other people because God assigned to us to that task and when we work for God the pay is always abundant.

The last verse I have for you today is a very special passage because it is a truth that will give hope to you in any situation.

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

God will always outdo you in your good deeds. Do something kind for others and God will always reward you with overwhelming treasure from His kingdom.

I hope you are encouraged, and remember:

Everything in this world will someday fade away, but Love never ends.

Taylor Wilkins
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Area Representative Salem Oregon

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In Life, we are Either a Participant, or an Observer

Many will agree that it is much easier to sit back on let the world rotate without us causing any waves. It may be better to cheer on the people on the front lines, rather then get out there and fight with them.

How do you feel about it? Look around the world right now. There are many countries in turmoil, and rioting.

There had to be some brave people who  stepped up to the plate in each of those countries. Many of them are dying for their cause.

In you own life, what do you do when something happens that seems unfair, or causes you many trials and storms? Do you just let  them happen and think that maybe it was meant to be that you have this happen to you?

There are far too many people today who take the stance that they would rather not fight back, and will let someone else run them over and take control.

Thank on this:

  • Notice that all the bad guys in the Middle East are suddenly in big trouble? Why is that? It because a few people got tired of being pushed around and stood their ground. Some had to die, but through their efforts there were many more to take their place, and it grew and grew. Two countries lost their dictators, and more seems to be on the way. All because one country took the first step of bravery, and it has spread all over the world.
  • God allows these bad guys get into power, because He gives us choices. He loves us enough to let us choose evil if we want. BUT when we make that choice we have to pay at the end of the story, and I am afraid the it isn’t a happy ending.
  • It just takes one man to change the world. Jesus did that.
  • Don’t let Satan tell you you can’t fight back. Take a stand like many people have in their countries, and fight for what you believe in.

Let’s change gears and relate this to our Christian lives. Do we stand up for our beliefs when it comes to telling others about God, and His Son Jesus? Do you bravely stick to your faith, or do you get quiet when someone persecutes you for believing in such nonsense as a man that can come back from the dead, and promise eternal life?

Our beliefs and our right to believe them are slowly being taken away from us. There are laws that forbid prayers in schools. There are laws that won’t allow religious information on public property. There are laws pending that say we can’t have, “in God we Trust,” on the American coins.

I guess what we need to understand is that we should stand firm, and not let anymore corrosion to happen to our religious freedoms.

Time to stand firm Christian soldiers. Put on the armor of God, and don’t let anymore erosion happen to our structure we have in place now.

By all means we need to understand that we are to all our fighting for the LORD peacefully. Jesus wouldn’t cause any one harm. He would only talk and stand firm. That is what we need to do as well.

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Through Many Dark Days the Son Will Shine

Have you ever noticed that in winter there are many gloomy dark days, but ever once and while the sun comes out, and brightens the day? There is a bright sun out here today, without a cloud in the sky, and I live in Oregon, where the slug is the state creature. 🙂

Many of us face that in our daily lives. Do you have more gloomy days than bright days?

What kinds of things can we do to create our own Sonlight? What do we need to do to block out the darkness?

I have some thoughts that may help:

  • Never spend time thinking about the negative past. It is gone. Things that happened should have been put out of your head like yesterday’s trash.
  • Think of positive things that have happened. They may be small, like the sun shining outside for me right now. It made my day go much better.
  • Write a journal. You have probably heard this many times, but have you really done it? I wrote a journal for many years during my dark days. I reread them and put them down in in book that is now selling very well. Why is it selling well? It talks about my hurts, defeats, anxieties, depression, and self-doubt.  I wrote on how I overcame them. I got all my ideas from my journal.
  • Take time to cheer up someone in your life who is fighting many of these same afflictions I mentioned above. It could your next door neighbor. You will be surprised how helping someone else helps you as well. To bring a smile to someone’s face bring one to you too.
  • Go for a walk. While you are walking talk to God. My good friend Dennis Booth, of Australia, does that often. He then posts a note to many of us on what he saw and what God said to him. Dennis has a tremendous following on Facebook of people eager to read what he saw and heard on his daily walks.
  • Know that God is your heavenly Father, and he will be walking with you where ever you go if you believe in Him. Have comfort in the fact that He is holding your hand, and guiding you down the right path.
  • Stop going to pity parties, and take on the trials we face each day with eagerness. We actually grow from weathering the storms that come our way.

I am sure you can think of many more reasons to have a postive day. Share some ideas  by making a comment to this post. Let others know some ways they too can see the Son.

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