Paul wrote to the Hebrew church and said, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”.
Understand patience is not a natural trait. Some people have a natural tendency to be flexible, tolerant, resistant, lenient, or reserved, but this isn’t patience because pushed to the limit this will run out and what we think is patience will quit, give up, turn away, and fail to stick with
You’ve been through too much – stick with it.
It’s too hard – stick with it.
Victory is yours – stick with it.
God has a blessing for you – stick with it.
Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world so – stick with it.
Your future depends on it – stick with it.
Home or away
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.Corinthians 4:8
Death is the ultimate reality for humans. It is a subject people prefer not to talk about. Paul has no such reluctance to face the issue. For him death – no longer being in his earthly body – means that he is at home with the Lord.
When we understand that it gives us a perspective on life. God has put us on earth and expects us to be active – to work and play. It is totally right that we take our career seriously, that we strive to achieve our potential.
Wanting to do the best that we can with the talents he has given us is 100% the right thing to do. At the same time we need to keep things in perspective. I recently had a Bible Study with a group of athletes at a Diamond League. We joked about meeting again in 1000 years. For all the athletes the next day’s races were really important – and rightly so. But we also agreed that when we met again in 1000 years who had won the Diamond League 100 metres in 2018 probably wouldn’t seem that important!
When you think ahead to a time when your earthly life is over, is “at home with the Lord” the image that comes to mind?
It should be.
IF YOU LOSE SELF-CONTROL, EVERYTHING WILL FAIL
Coach Wooden expanded on this key idea of his:
Discipline yourself and others won’t need to. If you lose self-control everything will fail. You cannot function physically or mentally or in any other way unless your emotions are under control.
Self-control has two parts:
1. Self discipline: practicing good habits without anybody needing to tell you to do things a certain way.
2. Maintaining emotional balance (not being under other’s control, but rather under your self control): the actions of others or adverse situations do not make you lose control of your emotions.
Here are a few examples of self discipline. Give yourself a score of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) to gage your self-discipline.
I am very good at planning things carefully.
I usually don’t take shortcuts. I am thorough and I do it right the first time.
I usually do one kind deed a day for somebody who cannot do anything for me.
I am reliable. My actions almost always reflect my promises.
I don’t interrupt people while they are speaking.
I don’t think about what I’m going to say next when the other person is talking.
I give people my complete attention when they speak to me. I do not continue looking at a computer screen, phone or something else.
I usually take at least 15 to 20 minutes a day to rest my mind/reflect/meditate.
I regularly take time for physical activity or exercise.
Here are a few examples of emotional balance. Give yourself a score of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) to gage your self-control.
I don’t whine or complain.
I usually keep my emotional balance. I don’t lose my self control when I get angry. I keep good control of my tone of voice.
I don’t worry about things I can’t control.
When others lose their self control and are not nice to me I don’t get upset. I am under self control, not others control.
I don’t hang on to bad feelings or disappointments for a long time.
When something bad happens, I move on ahead quickly with a positive attitude.
When faced with a bad situation, I usually look for the advantage in the disadvantage; take it on with a positive attitude and get in the solutions department.
Self-Control is not easy, but it is very valuable.
Yours in Coaching,
My friend, Steve Springer, recently said, “Even good infielders get bad hops during a game, but they don’t let it ruin their game. They put it behind them and move on. In life, we all get ‘bad hops.’ And we shouldn’t let a ‘bad hop’ in life ruin our lives.”
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2)
You might be a control freak if:
From Leadership Freak Dan Rockwell
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 4:3
Do you ever wonder why your friends cannot see their need of Jesus? Paul addresses that question in his letter to the Corinthians.
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (verses 3 and 4)
What can we do to help our friends find Jesus? In the following verses Paul gives us some answers:
1 Recognize that it is a spiritual battle? Logic and human cleverness will never bring a person to faith in Jesus?
2 Pray for the person and pray specifically that God will open their eyes to the truth, remembering that the god of this age has blinded their minds to the truth.
3 Live before them in a way that demonstrates the truth of the gospel.
4 Pray for an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with them.
Is there a colleague, friend, training partner etc you should be praying specifically for?