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SECOND CHANCES…

Frank Kush, the legendary late football coach at Arizona State, faced a dilemma. JD Hill, a super talented wide receiver had been dismissed from the squad. Hill was now going to face the ultra tough Kush a year later to find out his fate at the university.
Coach Kush asked Hill if he felt he deserved to be reinstated back on the football team. Hill said, “Sir it is up to you.” Kush stared into Hill’s eyes and responded in unforgiving tones. “JD, I have 50 letters here in this pile from alumni, teachers, and coaches that say to me get rid of you. I have read them over and over with profound deliberation. And you know what, I am very disheartened.”

Hill looked down to the floor with apprehension in his eyes. Coach Kush continued in a different softer manner. “However I have one letter in the desk that I can’t shake. It is a woman telling me that you are special and deserve a SECOND CHANCE. She says she knows God has great plans for you. It’s signed by your MOMMY. And I’ll be damned if you will let God and your mother down. Get ready for a turnaround great season.
Hill looked up and with tears in his eyes whispered, “Thank you, Coach! Thank you!!! With a hug Hill headed out with a second chance.

In 1971, JD was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round, with fourth overall pick. JD’s NFL career spanned eight years from 1971-1979, finally ending his career with the Detroit Lions. JD has many personal athletic accomplishments the most memorable was being selected as an NFL ALL-Pro and competing in the NFL Pro-Bowl, being named Collegiate Offensive Player of the Year Award, and being enshrined into the ASU and Stockton California’s Hall of Fame respectively.
But it gets better. Following years of personal struggle and tragedy with substance abuse, JD finally caught the vision to make Jesus Christ Lord of his life. As a result of his life-changing decision he has emerged from the fire as pure gold, excited, enthusiastic, and on fire about what God has done in his life. As a speaker, he draws from his own extraordinary personal experiences to encourage anyone who faces adversity. He has a powerful message of restoration, redemption, and hope. YES, God believes in SECOND CHANCES!!!

If you are struggling please get on your knees and ask God for a second chance. I am here to tell you this day that you are special and deserve a second chance in God’s eyes. And I’ll be damned if you will let God and your mommy down. Get ready for a turnaround life!!!

God Bless
Give God the Glory
Coach Campman

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Abraham Lincoln’s Rules of Conduct.

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
— Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
— The fact is, truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are.
–Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
— The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
— Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
— By all means don’t say “if I can,” say “I will.’
— Let none falter who thinks he is right.
— I say “try.” If we never try, we shall never succeed.
— Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

Today, write down what your core beliefs are. If you had to make up Rules of Conduct for yourself what would they be. Steve Gilbert

Bible · Leadership · motivation · purpose · religion

REASONS NOT TO FEAR.

Do not fear I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

Fear is part of the human experience. We are afraid of situations we find ourselves in. We wish we did not have to face them.

Last year before I had my hip replacement, I was afraid. Rational thinking would have told me that I had a very competent surgeon, that I would be in an excellent modern hospital and that 95% of hip replacements are successful – and the other 5% don’t usually die! But it was a new experience for me and I was afraid of the unknown.

In sport we can fear injury. We can fear not being able to perform to our potential on the big day. We can fear not being able to live up to everyone else’s expectations of us. In the Film Chariots of Fire, Harold Abrahams who has sacrificed everything to win the 100 metres in the 1924 Olympic final confesses to a friend: “I’ve known the fear of losing but now I am almost too frightened to win”. [There was a happy ending – Abrahams did win.]

Gordon Cooke writing on this passage said that there is nothing more reassuring for an anxious child than to take the hand of an adult they trust. As we get older we ask if the “adult” is worthy of our trust and is actually able to help with what we fear.

God offers to help with our fear but can we believe him? Three times in the chapter God says, “Do not fear” and gives a reason.

1 Do not fear…I am your God, I will strengthen you (v10)
2 Do not fear…I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand (v13)
3 Do not fear…I, your redeemer, will help you (v14)

Next time you feel afraid imagine God holding your hand saying “Don’t be afraid, I will help you, I will strengthen you.

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DO NOT FEAR!

Do not fear, for I am with you.Isaiah 43:5

I make no apology for writing another devotional on fear. Fear is so much part of the human experience. As people living in the world of sport, we are no less prone to fear than others.

It’s easy to say to someone, “Don’t be afraid”. Imagine that you are on a sinking ship or in a burning tower block and someone says, “don’t be afraid!” Will that help? You might be thinking, “Actually I have every reason to be afraid! The chances of getting out of this situation alive are not great”. I supposed, too, that it depends on who tells not to be afraid.

In Isaiah 43, it is God who tells the people not to be afraid. What is more, God gives people four reasons not to be afraid.

I have redeemed you ((v1)

The Old Testament people had a partial understanding of God as their redeemer. As Christians, we know that we are redeemed because Jesus has died for us. We are restored to relationship with God.

I have called you by name ((v1)

As humans, we love it when people remember our name. Somehow we feel more important! How much more significant we can feel when we remember that God knows us by name!

I will be with you ((v2)

Life is always easier in difficult situations when we’re not alone. It’s good to have a friend with us. How much greater to have God’s promise that He is with us.

I love you (v4)

We all need to be loved, but human love is nothing compared to the love of God. When we feel afraid we can remind ourselves that God loves us. Whatever situation you are facing, don’t be afraid for God is with you. Stuart Weir