Training Wheels

January 27, 2014

“Nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way Jesus our Master has embraced us.” –Romans 8:38

Read: Romans 8

On my way to a meeting yesterday, PrayFit V.P. Eric Velazquez shared with me one of those moments. You know, a pivotal, unforgettable snapshot in time. The kind that leaves dads like him standing on sidewalks wondering where the years are going without his permission. Yes indeed, his little Mya is learning to ride her bike. He says she does alright until she looks back to realize he’s let go. Real freedom is scary for Mya.

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Life’s Greatest Pleasure

January 26, 2014

“People will be lovers of themselves.” –2 Timothy 3:2

Read: 2 Timothy 3

I happened to run across one of those motivational posters this weekend. You know, the kind with those powerful statements meant to inspire you to be all you can be. Well, even though it wasn’t exactly new to me, this one caught my attention nonetheless. It said, “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t.” Evidently, people agreed because it had about a million “likes” underneath it. And why not? Who doesn’t want to show the world? But then it dawned on me: How many times someone has actually said to me, “Jimmy, I don’t think you can do that.” How ’bout you?

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Glowing With Health

January 23, 2014

“Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” –1 Samuel 16:12

Read: 1 Samuel 16

Believe it or not, I used to sing solos in church and school. Growing up in a musical family (on mom’s side) I guess you could say it was in my blood. Too funny: my first solo in the 4th grade was John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads.” I remember mother made me wear this Davy Crockett-looking jacket with leather strands hanging down from everywhere. I can assure you I wasn’t much to listen to, but I bet I was something to behold. She probably still has the jacket.

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Those Who Are Listening

January 23, 2014

“Yes, Lord, your servant is listening.” –1 Samuel 3:10

Read: 1 Samuel 3

I’ve been taking meetings this week for a PrayFit project we’re working on, and I find myself praying for God’s will and protection more than I find myself praying for the project to actually happen. Ever been in such a place? I just want Him to be pleased. If He’s not in it, I don’t want to be. As I sit around listening to all sorts of voices around the room, all I want to hear is His.

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Life is a Subhead

January 22, 2014

“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” –1 John 2:6

Read: 1 John 2

Subheads are critical. Ever had to write one? Well, over the years, Eric and I have agonized over our share. For those who may not know, a subhead is that little, tiny sentence under the title of an article, short story, book or manuscript. It’s more than the summary sentence and greater than any synopsis. Extract the root of a 10,000-word body of writing and distill it down to one pivotal, all-encompassing core phrase, and there’s the subhead. In fact, every one of those 10,000 words — every paragraph or sidebar — is subject to it. And above that, it can make the difference between someone reading more or leaving the store. Make no mistake, although it’s short and sweet, it’s powerful and nothing means more to the author than someone being drawn to the story.

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If You’re Thirsty

January 20, 2014

“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.” –John 4:14

Read: John 4

Remember drinking from the water hose outside as kids? Nothing better, right? After football games, baseball practice or riding bikes, we had the kind of unbearable thirst only known to children. Whoever got there first knew to let the hot water get out of the line before drinking. Can’t you just taste it? Best water in the world. Of course, being the youngest kid in the universe, I was always last in line, but I didn’t mind. I knew that by the time it was my turn, I could just take my time.

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The Home Of Your Dreams

January 20, 2014

“I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.'” –Psalm 122:1

Read: Psalm 122

It’s the home of your dreams. White picket fence, freshly cut grass, backyard with a grill. It’s that kind of home. When you close your eyes and grin, you’re swinging on that front porch watching kids that miraculously — and perhaps unfortunately — have your nose. It’s the home of your dreams. But despite your best offer, the price is too high. All the money you have can’t justify the money you’d owe, so you’re labeled unworthy; declined.

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The Island of Grace

January 17, 2014

“He refreshes my soul…” –Psalm 23:3

Read: Psalm 23

HammockI can’t think of a better place to still our hearts and minds than on the island of grace. Be it in the fitness industry or in the aisle at your local supermarket, the water can get choppy, leaving you bobbing in the wake of someone’s opinion, society’s judgments or self-destructive habits of comparison and self-obsession. The under currents are strong, and it’s not long before you’re waving your arms, “Look at me, I measure up! I fit in! Can anyone see me?!”

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No Mas: Part II

January 15, 2014

He saved others, why doesn’t He save Himself? Some of those at the foot of the Cross stood in absolute wonder. And why not? They had velvet rope access to the miracles. They saw the blind see, the lame walk and the mute talk. They were firsthand eyewitnesses to His power and might. And yet there He was. Hanging on a cross to die.

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No Mas: Part I

January 15, 2014

No more. I don’t want to fight anymore. The 1980 rematch between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran will forever be remembered by two words: No mas. For those who don’t know the story, Roberto Duran, the toughest and most relentless fighter of his era decided he was done fighting midway through the eighth round of their championship bout. And with two words he sealed his legacy.

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