Iron Sharpens Iron

We all go through moments in life that will expose our need for help. The Bible teaches that we should bear each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Often in my own circumstances, I have noticed that I can quickly become stubborn. To be precise its the area of asking for help. Maybe its pride, or guilt and shame from past mistakes. In most instances, my past keeps me from asking for assistance. In either case looking to God for answers is clear, help comes when speaking to others about your sin.

Recently I sat down to speak with a close friend of mine about a subject that I needed help with. Explaining the entire situation was difficult and it caused me to be open and vulnerable. We spoke about the subject for several hours. Exchanging words of healing, acceptance, and wisdom. As I poured out my heart to my friend he poured out Gods love and grace upon my broken heart. Speaking to my friend was a necessary step I had to take to dealing with this valley in my life. It gave me hope that I wasn’t alone, that God placed my friend here to help my hurt and speak life back into my withered spirit.

See when opening yourself up, you expose your brokenness, flaws, and failures. The devil would like us to stay in our stubborn ways and hide from our problems. He wants us to agree with the lies he’s fed. The lies of shame, guilt, and disgust in ourselves. The answer is no, you and I both know that the Devil is a lier. We do not define who we are based on his summary of our lives. You are a child of the most high God and that is your identity. Chase after one another and bear each other’s burdens. Be a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on when those around you need it the most. Brother to brother and sister to sister, mentoring and listening to each other and sharpening each other in Jesus name. Let’s take the helping hand of a loved one and grow today!

Tip #13 Drills

Practice is where you can take your game to the next level. You take your game from so-so to lights out. It takes determination, work ethic, and persistence if you want to be great. I find drill after drill on YouTube of individuals getting creative with methods on improving. Times will come when you may need to get creative to spice up the fun in practice, especially if you’re a coach. My advice, keep it simple! Basketball is about training your body, and mind to perform. Muscle memory is key to this for your body and your brain. There is a reason coaches are still using drills that are 20-30 years old. They do the job and are proven to improve performance. Stick to repetition and create that muscle memory. Switching it up at times is okay but keeping it simple and putting in the work should be your number one option. No days off, go out there and get it!

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NBA Talk 11/16/17

  • Joel Embiid goes off against the Lakers with 47-Pts, 15-Reb, 7-Ast, 7-Blk. First player in NBA history to record those numbers.
  • John Wall and Bradly Beal combine for 53 points in Wizards win over the Miami Heat.
  • Hawks beat the Kings by 46 points; Largest margin of victory in franchise history.
  • Lebron continues to do Lebron things putting up a stat line of 31-Pts, 6-Reb, 8-Ast, 2-Stl, 1-Blk. Cavs defeat Hornets 115-107.

  • Darren Collison scores season high 30 as the Pacers hang on to defeat the Grizzlies.
  • Milwaukee Bucks block 16 shots in a close victory against the Detroit Pistons 99-95.
  • OKC dominates the Bulls 92-79 to pull into five hundred for the season.
  • Damion Lillard and Kyle Lower both near triple doubles in their victories against Orlando and New Orleans.

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Directions

Psalm 25:10 From now on every road you travel will take you to God. Follow the Covenant signs; Read the charted directions.

When you are born and as you grow up life seems to lead you down a dotted line, a generic map followed by millions of people. You have a basic outline of what the world says your life should look like. Attend class and get a high school diploma. Find a great college and receive a degree. Get a job you can retire at, marriage, kids, and live life happily ever after. Hitting the highlights this is pretty accurate to what a lot of people envision their lives panning out to be. Maybe your one of those who doesn’t like the norm and wants to create your own unique stories. Whether you’re more of the traditional type or you want to live outside the box we can all use directions at times.

Putting God as a first priority means to evolve Him in everything happening in your life. Decisions big and small should first be brought to God in prayer. I refer to big moments in our lives as the highlights. Highlights are moments like I discussed earlier, marriage, kids, new job, and vacations. Minor moves you make on daily bases are also important just on a smaller scale. Often I find myself caught in situations that I don’t know which route to chose. Almost like a multiple choice test. In times such as those I wish I knew which answer to pick.

In every hard time, I’ve ever faced my solution was to look to Jesus. He is our source of healing, comfort, grace, and direction. Have you ever been moved by a feeling in the pits of your stomach? A feeling so strong they guide you one way or the other. That is our God, His Holy Spirit speaking into your heart and leading you to what is right. Time after time I have experienced the Holy Spirit speaking to my inner being giving me confirmation on what to do next.

  • Marriage- Is she the right one? What should I do Lord?
  • Kids- How will I be the father you want me to be? Show me, Lord, where do I go from here!
  • Work- Do I continue to give them my life or should I move on at the chance of finding something better? Help me decide Lord!
  • Moving- God I feel your call but I don’t want to leave everything I’ve ever known. Give me the strength to do your will!

God has always come through! Like all areas of relationship with Jesus, it takes 100% commitment. You have to be all in because sometimes living for God is hard. He will ask you do go and do things that will stretch you. I promise you this you may bend but you will never break following the direction of our King. I have followed my gut and trusted God when I felt lead to go or do. He has never failed me. If you are lost, confused, or don’t know where to go and what to do next just look to Jesus. His directions are perfect and He will always lead you down the right road.