That was what I told Chaplain Wil Gardner when he offered me a job as a chaplain at Simmons back in 2010. I tried to talk him out of hiring me. I asked him if I could come back in 30 years when I had enough life experience to do and know everything that this job requires of you.
He said what eventually made me commit to Simmons, “Nick, I don’t want to hire you based on what you know. I want to hire you because of how you learn.” That’s what I needed to hear. I just turned 30 yesterday. I thought alot about how much I have been able to learn and how God has really transformed me through books I've read, personal experience I've gone through, and the chance to walk alongside people through some of their most difficult and challenging moments. God has been gracious and the growth has been significant.
There are times in life when we know that we are following the lead of the Shepherd and we experience life as God intended for us to live. Then there are other times when a cow ends up in the swimming pool.
There are those who suffer blows from others such as criticisms, insults, and slanders and are deeply wounded with painful and devastating hurts. These invisible, emotional injuries are sometimes undetected by family and friends. Every community is full of people with such type injuries. This could describe you...
Yes, I actually can skip many of the tests and trials of life; at least I can postpone many of them. Problem is I am likely to wind up more than just a little imperfect and more than a little incomplete, and lacking more than a little...
My first job in high school was back in the warehouse at a local mercantile where I loaded feed, hay, and propane for the good folks of Maize, Kansas. The store was run by a husband and wife who had very different styles of leadership, especially in regards to discipline and resolving conflict. One day I made a mistake...
Some people seem to drift through life headed in no specific direction. They are clearly without defined objectives, and it is not surprising that many adopt a lifestyle that lacks meaning and purpose. They just drift through life like a tumble weed being blown by the wind, first one direction then another.
You and I have risks in our own life that we deal with every day. Between waking up this morning and getting to work, there are risks all over the place: I pushed the snooze button…and risked not getting up on time; I chose to drive my car…risked getting into a wreck; I grabbed McDonald’s breakfast burritos for breakfast…there are obvious risks there too!
We do have a responsibility to make wise decisions or to discover the will of God, whichever term we may prefer to use. But God's plan for us is not contingent upon our decisions. God's plan is not contingent at all. God's plan is sovereign. It includes our foolish decisions as well as our wise ones.
What seems like just a common, no-harm-done excuse—“It's not my fault!”—is often a dangerous trap, say Henry Cloud and John Townsend, because people don't recognize what the blaming mindset does to them. It not only keeps them from overcoming the effects of all that they can't control—like other people, circumstances and genetics—but separates them from a solution. And when they give away the ownership of their life, they end up losing the one opportunity they have to fulfill their dreams and enjoy God's best.
Can our dreams and passion get us off track from pursuing God? Why would God want our dreams to die? In this session from the 2013 RightNow Work As Worship Conference, Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales and founder of jellytelly.com, tells the story of his dream—hard work, dramatic success, heartbreaking failure and—oh yes—talking vegetables and how the death of his dream was the beginning of a whole new life.
Why isn't God making my life easier? Life is hard. We pray and ask God to help, but many times it seems like he's not there. We know God can perform miracles, yet our problems often remain. Is God listening? Does God care?In these four Bible study sessions, Todd Phillips leads a team to Russia to climb Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe. Todd uses their perilous trek as a backdrop to explore how God works with us through the challenges in our lives.
Every one of us experiences worry, insecurity, fear and failure. Many people live their lives being controlled by their destructive emotions. You can overcome your thoughts and live a life of freedom and peace.Happiness is a choice within your control. Today you can change your mind and experience breakthrough in every area of your life.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." | 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)
"Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." | 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (MSG)
"I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." | Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT)
"My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever." | Psalm 73:26 (NLT)
"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." | Henry Ford
"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." | Thomas Edison
"Our first problem is that our attitude towards sin is more self-centred than God-centred. We are more concerned about our own "Victory" over sin than we are about the fact that our sin grieve the heart of God. We cannot tolerate failure in our struggle with sin chiefly because we are success oriented, not because we know it is offensive to God." | Jerry Bridges
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” | John Maxwell
"Why did the achievers overcome problems while thousands are overwhelmed by theirs? They refused to hold on to the common excuses for failure. They turned their stumbling blocks into stepping stones. They realized that they couldn’t determine every circumstance in life but they could determine their choice of attitude towards every circumstance." | John Maxwell
"Remember that failure is an event, not a person." | Zig Ziglar
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