Some people ask me how it is possible to forgive others. The answer is that in light of the vast number of sins that God has forgiven me, I forgive others. One of my favorite Bible passages to help explain this is from Matthew 18.
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?"
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
I'm very thankful that my dad invested so much time into me and still does to this day. Growing up, we did many activities together including going on 800 fishing trips during the first 20 years of my life. Some highlights included catching carp when I was 4 years old, catching walleye when I was 7, catching salmon when I was 9, catching steelhead when I was 12, catching massive sharks and other ocean fish when I was 14, and later going spearfishing as well.
Quiz Yourself on the 12 Aspects of Mental Success!
The ITTF Advanced Training Manual lists 12 elements to mental success in table tennis. Quiz yourself to see how well you are doing on each aspect. Take 2-3 minutes to ponder each point. Ask yourself how well you are doing on each point during important tournament matches. If you aren’t doing well, ask yourself how to improve that aspect.
1. Physical relaxation – muscular tension is closely connected to miserable performance. On the other hand, feelings of relaxation are associated with top performances.
God has called us to a life a faithfulness no matter what the situation. This morning, I was reading the story of Joseph as we see in Genesis 37-46. Joseph had many challenges – in his father’s house, in the pit, in slavery, in prison, leading Egypt. We know the end of the story, but he didn’t. He didn’t know the twists and turns ahead of him, but he was faithful to God in all the situations, and God used him in mighty ways to save a nation and bring glory to God.