Having played racquetball 3-4 mornings a week for several years, I learned a lot from playing this fast-paced competitive game. If you play the front, you will get hit with the ball. Getting hit hurts and it will leave a mark! If you don’t take a risk and “play up,” you’ll play from the backcourt all the time.
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The Philistine army has 30,000 chariots (some manuscripts say 3000), 6000 horsemen and too many foot soldiers to count. Saul has 600 in his army. So why would Saul’s son want to go and provoke a fight? We may never know, but that is precisely what Jonathan and his armor-bearer do. These two soldiers from a ragtag army scramble up a cliff face to meet their foe. How pathetic they must’ve looked from the viewpoint of any bystander. Yet, they were doing acts of faith.
The secret to winning the battle is in the preparation. A soldier is a servant ready for battle and prepared for combat. A soldier has every tool sharpened and usable to stand against all attacks. When my older sister left home in 1992 to enlist into the U.S. Army, there was an 8-week preparation called “boot camp” that all aspiring soldiers had to complete.
There was a time when the nightlife was my life. Partying was the highlight of my week. Can I tell you that isn’t much of a life? However, whenever I’d go to the nightclub, there would be a guy by the door checking the people’s identification cards.
Saying no to sin; something Bugs Bunny won’t help you with. I love the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, especially the ones with Yosemite Sam. There is this one episode where Bugs and Sam are about to get in a fight. Bugs Bunny drew a line in the sand. He bets hot-headed Yosemite Sam to cross it, and guess what? He did! And not just once.
He passed every line that Bugs Bunny drew with his foot until he stepped right off of a cliff. There is a line for us: one between life with God on one side and life without Him on the other. This line is called sin.
Here’s how you can recover from failure and use it to glorify God.
You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord: When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return? (Jeremiah 8:4)
As Christian men, sometimes we can have mixed feelings about the failures in our lives. One thing that we all have in common is that each of us has had failures. As one of our pastors said, “Character isn’t made on the mountain peaks – it’s made in the valleys.” How we view failures is critical. Do we become better or bitter? What can we learn from them? How can we improve? How can we help others, as a result? “The righteous falls seven times and rises again.” (Proverbs 24:16)