Don’t Forget Them

I’ve been reading a book lately about the homeless population in our country. An individual went out and did a lot of interviews and earned the trust of these people and was involved in their world enough that they were open and honest with him about their experiences.

It’s really interesting and it’s extremely heart wrenching.

I don’t know what it would be like to be cold a majority of the time or to have to sleep on top of a manhole cover for warmth.

Did you know if you don’t protect yourself you could get so hot and be burned by the steam coming from the manhole? There are people who have gone through that and have the scars to prove it.

I don’t know what it feels like to be so desperate and just feeling like there may never be a way out.

But Jesus tells us to get out of our comfort zone and reach out to these people without a judgmental spirit, and to just love on them.

I’m grateful that at Venture Church we team up with the Severe Weather Network and we are able to come alongside people that are at a bad place in their lives; providing food, shelter, and hopefully words of encouragement.

Let’s never forget those people who are sometimes lost and left behind.

And to all those at Venture who are actively loving on these people and caring for these people and walking alongside those who may have alcohol- or drug-related issues or who have tumultuous relationships with their families, I just say: Please continue to do what Jesus would do and what He is actively doing through us.

We are His hands and we are His feet and we need to go where Jesus would go.

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Lessons From Monday Night Football

If you’ve read any of my blog posts, then you know that I love the outdoors, I love to be around people, I love the energy that people bring, and I love and I appreciate sports! Monday night was one of the most incredible college football games that I have observed in a long time.

It was the Alabama vs. Georgia game.

It wasn’t great just because Alabama won (in fact I think most people were rooting for Georgia because Alabama has been so successful), but what stuck out to me is that the head coach, with his coaching staff, made an incredible move:

At the beginning of the second half, the Alabama coach pulled the starting quarterback and put in a freshman quarterback who ended up, in the last throw of the game, being a literal football hero. 

It was an unbelievable, gutsy leadership call to do that. Nick Saban and his team had thought that play through and, if things weren’t going right, they had forethought to make that change. When I saw that, I said to myself, “when things aren’t going right, am I prepared to make a change?”

Do I have a back up plan and would I pull the trigger to put it into action? Because that is leadership.

The Alabama coaching staff thought it through, they had a plan, and they had the guts to do it.

I really enjoy observing people who have put in the time, the practice, and the preparation to not only have a back up plan but who have the courage to pull the trigger on it when the time comes.

Is there anything in your life that you need to pull the trigger on? Don’t hesitate if that’s the case.

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My Thoughts on Jim Caldwell

Well, the revolving door has happened again and if you’re a sport’s enthusiast then you know what I’m talking about. The regular season of the NFL is done and, therefore, there’s about six coaches who are looking for new opportunities. Six NFL teams are looking for new coaches.

One of them who has been released is Jim Caldwell – coach for the Detroit Lions.

A Man of Character

Jim Caldwell was successful with the Lions, but it wasn’t good enough because they weren’t consistent competitors in the game. But you know what? Jim Caldwell will be fine – and I’m not talking about his financial status.

I’m talking about the fact that he is a man of character.

Some people say he wasn’t enthusiastic enough but I’ll tell you this: He is very steady.

All those who worked with him will tell you, he not only knew Xs and Os, but he knew how to guide young men in how to live their lives with character, courage and commitment. Now, Jim Caldwell wasn’t a guy who put out billboards or advertised the fact that he is a follower of Jesus, but he is. And for that reason, Jim Caldwell, I’m sure, thanks God for the opportunity he had in Detroit and will look forward to the next opportunity God has for him to live life fully. I never had the opportunity to meet Jim Caldwell but he was an individual who was groomed by a man, Tony Dungy, another man of incredible character, and he has continued the legacy of raising up other young men to strong and steadfast.

So, maybe sometimes it doesn’t matter if you win or lose a game, but it matters if you win or lose in life.

Caldwell, in life, is a winner.

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