Aaron Summers

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Spiritual Diet and Exercise

In Chrisian Life on December 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

I joined a local health club this year in hopes of getting more fit and getting to know people outside of the church bubble.  Thankfully, I have done both.  When I started I began meeting with Jimmy who is on staff.  He introduced me to all of the equipment and walked me through a variety of workout options.  Being 40+ requires a different process!
One of the things we discussed was diet.  There are so many info-ads and click bait on Facebook I never know what to believe and not to believe.  The nutrition book from college is probably still accurate but I do know advances in science and nutrition have occurred since graduating 25 years ago!

One thing has remained the same, though.  If you are going to workout regularly, then you have to fuel your body. I tracked my intake for a month and we visited again.  I was around 1800-2000 calories/day.  If I wanted weight loss, I needed to burn more than I took in.  However, I also needed to eat enough to push my body through the workouts.

Galatians 6:2 – Share each other’s burdens.

You will face times in your life when friends or family will go through a rough patch.  Maybe even a devastating or particularly troubling patch!  In those moments, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay afloat yourself.  How easy it is to get caught up in the drama.  You love them!  You don’t want them to hurt.  It can really wear you down.

What is the solution?  Eat more.

That’s right.  Eat more, not less.  You see, just like my eating needed to increase (in a healthy way) on workout days, so does your spiritual eating.  When you are helping another work through difficulty or drama you are having a faith workout!  Exercising is exhausting.  It is harder when you have no fuel in the tank.

Listen, if you are in Scripture often and you are still struggling, it is because you need to read more.  If I out my body through a series of workouts but do not increase my calories to balance the need, then my body will actually suffer.  My metabolism will slow to hoard the energy.  However, if I eat more then it revs up my metabolism and the body chugs along and gets more fit.  It is easy to get caught up in the other person’s issue and you forget to read, or at least you do not read more.

As you find yourself in a spiritual workout don’t forget to eat.  Get in God’s Word so that your spiritual body can chug along and get stronger, leaner, and more efficient in it’s daily routine.

Little White Lies Never Hurt, Right?

In Gospel Living on July 25, 2017 at 8:45 am

​Whenever Billy would complain about walking the bustop that was 100 ft fromthe house, Grandpa would tell the story of how bad it was when he was growing up.  He would walk up hill to and from school!  He had to walk in 3 feet of snow…in September! 

We laugh at this because we know it is absurd.  However, I wonder how often we embellish a story to make a point, or to impress, or to get that job we want, or to save our own skin.

At the end of 1 Samuel we read how King Saul died in battle.  He was wounded and he fell on his sword.  When his assistant saw that he was dead, he fell on his sword also.  When we read the opening chapter of 2 Samuel we see soeone coming in to David and suggesting that Saul was not dead, but mortally wounded, and at the King’s request, he finished the job.  In his hand were the crown and armband.  He wanted David to have them.  When I read that, at first, I thought something was wrong because there are 2 stories here of the same event.  Which was true?

I know that the Bible is truth and does nto contradict itself.  So I began to consider how there could be 2 stories.  It dawned on me that this man must be an opportunist.  He saw what happened and wanted to secure for himself a better position in the new regime!  So he fibbed a little.  He started with the fact that they were dead.  But when pressed by David on HOW he knew this, he lied.  He assumed David wanted Saul dead.  We know this isn’t true because of the times he refused to kill him even when it would have been easy.  This man thought he could tell a white lie, present the crown and armband, and be ushered into the highest of positions under the new king.

Or so he thought.  

The problem with lying is that you have to tell more to cover the others.  Creating a web of lies that mask the original is tedious and exhausting.  When given the chance, tell the truth and trust God to handle it.  Telling the samllest lie will corrupt your integrity and cause a shortfall publicly.  It is not worth it, ever.  Those white lies that got you the job will come back later.  Those white lies in the beginning of the romance will hurt later.  Those white lies are dangerous.

What about those that we tell to salvage someone’s feelings?  The dreaded question of how a dress looks to a husband can be difficult.  I think we should salvage feelings and not be harsh with people.  If you cannot avoid it, then at least be gentle and kind.  The Bible says to speak truth in love.  We had better figure out how to that or we are sunk!

How have telling white lies harmed you over the years?

Experience Victory Today!

In Gospel Living on July 18, 2017 at 8:50 am

The headlines are filled with the issue in the Senate concerning the failure of the majority leaders to pass just about anything they put up for a vote.  Today is no different with the defeat of replacing the current health system in America.  Now they will go back and try something else, such as just repeal it.  Then they will try to figure out how to care for a nation in need of health care and its reform.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, we CAN identify with defeat.  We have faced it personally and from a distance.  Maybe you have failed a class, failed a marriage, failed at holding a job.  Maybe you have failed at living for Jesus due to habits that will not seem to go away.  Maybe you watched as others failed, or your sports team failed.

We need a victory!  How can we experience victory?

There is an interesting moment in the Old Testament.  The Ark of God had been returned to Israel after the Philistines decided it wasn’t worth serving God to keep it!  The ark has been in Kiriath-jearim for 20 years.  The people apparently did not realize this in the rest of the nation.  They felt God had abandoned them when it was the people who had walked away from God.  Samuel, the prophet/priest/judge for the people brought to them a prescription.

  • Get rid of idols
  • Dedicate yourselves to God

The people agreed to this and gathered at Mizpah to settle the issue.  Look at what they did while they were there:

  • Poured out water as a symbol of clearing their lives of the wrongs in a sacrificial way.
  • Fasted.
  • Confessed.
  • Burnt Offering.

When the Philistines came up to destroy them, God provided victory!

What is coming at you today, this week, or month?  What seems to be attacking you?

If you are experiencing defeat in an area today, consider reviewing this passage in practicing the principles we find there.

What idols do you have in your life?  Is it time to clear the stage of your heart?

As you dedicate yourself to God alone we will follow the pattern we find in scripture:

  • Give praise to God by showing dependence.
  • Fast.
  • Confess.
  • Sacrifice through worship.
  • Set up a memory to refer to how God moved in your life – celebrate it!

God allows us to go through difficult times, often because we made dumb choices!  But there is hope.  As we allow scripture to intersect our lives we can live out the freedom promised by the Gospel!

The More You Know

In Leadership on July 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

The “More You Know” series of PSA’s were produced for NBC beginning in 1989.  Tom Brokaw did the first one.  Celebrities soon followed.  I grew up with Schoolhouse Rocks on ABC in between my cartoons on Saturday mornings.  The purpose was to educate while also grabbing your attention.  The series on NBC was designed around educational awareness.

The truth is that the more you know, the more responsibility you have.

“I told him that I am gong to judge his family forever because of the iniquity he knows about: his sons are cursing God, and he has not stopped them.” 1 Samuel 3:13 

Eli is the prophet in charge at this time.  He knows his sons are doing wrong.  God certainly knows as well.  The problem is that Eli is doing nothing about the situation.  He has grown older and his sons are doing most of the work at this time.  However, that does remove the responsibility that Eli has.  He is supposed to rein them in and enforce the boundaries God established.  He is not doing this and God is going to render judgment on him and his family.

Knowledge is power.  At least, that is what I learned from Schoolhouse Rock! on Saturday mornings.  However, with that power comes great responsibility.

Whether you are in charge of a project, a people, or just one person, here are a few reminders:

  1.  You likely have an awareness of issues.  As I manage the group I do, there are many things I am aware of that others are not.  So do you.  From your perch, you can see the inner workings of people and the group dynamics of your organization.  Eli knew what his sons were doing.  Either because EVERYONE told him or he saw it himself.  Regardless, he knew.  He was aware.
  2. Your awareness is a call to action.  Years ago, a couple was struggling in their relationship.  I asked the husband to step out of his volunteer role for a brief time so they could focus on their marriage.  In the moment, he was very frustrated with me.  Later, he understood.  Eli chose not to do anything.  God judged him for it.  If you know, then act.
  3. Your action will cause a reaction.  Over the years, I have noticed that Newton’s law operates within the scope of human personality too.  Jim was in a position for which he was not qualified.  I asked him to step down until such a time as he was better suited for the task at hand.  He did, but others just could not understand.  The Bible is clear, but our minds are not.

For those in leadership, we must hold fast to what we have in Scripture.  We use our education and experience to navigate, but our north star must be the scriptures.

Your guidance, O Lord, is true and straight.  May we not look to the left or right but keep our eyes on Jesus, our minds on scripture, and hearts filled with love.  Amen.

Don’t Move!

In Gospel Living on October 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

 

4344035767_b86ce883a0_oSo, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.    1 Corinthians 15:58

Clemson defense had been tried and tested through the game but was immovable when it counted.  Louisville tried 4 times and could not score at the end of the game.  That kind of strength we demand from our defense.  That kind of immovability is what we desire from them!

Be strong – pertaining to being firmly established in one’s position or opinions—‘firm, steadfast, unwavering.’ ἀδελφοί μου ἀγαπητοί, ἑδραῖοι γίνεσθε ‘my dear fellow believers, be firmly established’ 1 Cor 15:58; εἴ γε ἐπιμένετε τῇ πίστει τεθεμελιωμένοι καὶ ἑδραῖοι ‘if, indeed, you remain well-founded and established in the faith’ Col 1:23.[1]

Immovable – pertaining to not being readily shaken in one’s opinions or beliefs—‘firm, unshaken, steady.’ ἑδραῖοι γίνεσθε, ἀμετακίνητοι ‘be steady, unshaken’ or ‘… not wavering in belief’ 1 Cor 15:58.[2]

When we think of SOMETHING being immovable we rack our brains, hire engineers, and figure out how to move something.  However, when we consider SOMEONE to be immovable we can get hateful unless they are on our side of the line.

Paul is writing to a church who is strong but movable on certain items.  He calls them, and us, to be immovable when it comes to the truths of the Gospel.  They were in a moment in time when they could be killed for being immovable.  Yet, Paul calls them to that level of faithfulness to God.

We are called to no less.

There are points that matter and those that do not.  Here are a few that DO NOT matter as much.  In other words, those beliefs we argue and divide over that are not primary to the expansion of God’s Kingdom through the expression of the Gospel.

  • Wine or Juice during Communion
  • Your millennial position
  • Your musical preference
  • Your Bible version preference
  • Your dress code
  • How your group chooses to accomplish missions
  • Your political party

The denomination to which I belong and serve God through has, over the years, made mountains out of some molehills.  While I have my positional arguments for some on the previous list, we must be careful in our presentation and movability.

Through 1 Corinthians 15, Paul expresses the important things. Here are points that MATTER MOST:

  • Mankind is sinful by nature and eternally separated from God.
  • Jesus is God and God’s Son.
  • Jesus was born of a virgin.
  • Jesus was sinless.
  • Jesus lived a real life in the flesh.
  • Jesus died an actual painful death.
  • Jesus was dead and buried.
  • Jesus was bodily resurrected by God Himself.
  • By faith in Jesus’ activity, we are forgiven.
  • Our earthly bodies will be transformed into the eternal ones.

Do not misunderstand.  If you hold fast to the important points then you will face difficulty in this life.  You will branded an intolerant elitist.  You will be ridiculed for backward, old-fashioned thinking.  You will be considered an intellectual midget for accepting such items as truth.

We are called to be strong and immovable.  It is not enough to simply be knowledgeable.  We must stand firm too.  We cannot waver.  As God told Joshua when we took over for Moses, do not look to the left or the right.  Be strong and courageous and focus on the things of God.  This sentiment is echoed here and through Paul’s writings.  Be sure you not only know the tenets of scripture but are immovable on the gospel.  We cannot let the arguments of society sway us from what is right and true in the Gospel.

[1] Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, pp. 376–377). New York: United Bible Societies.

[2] Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 375). New York: United Bible Societies.

Does God Write Hot Checks?

In Faithfulness on June 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm

bad-checks

Have you ever received the notification that you had insufficient funds?  What a horrible feeling!  Your stomach ties up in knots, you have immediate anxiety over what else will bounce and how much the total charges are going to be.  If we’re honest, we have all probably had this happen.  When the bank has it happen that is even worse.  Can you imagine if you went to cash a check from a bank and it wouldn’t go through?  Can you imagine if you went to your bank and found it closed and unable to transact your business?  The trust you would have had in the bank would be torched.  You would want to change banks.

Or maybe it was just a holiday and the sign had fallen down from the drive-thru window.  Maybe you had misunderstood the reason.

Or maybe you just think another bank could do this better with better fees and benefits.  They have a better online system.

As we approach 1 Samuel 8, the people are having similar thoughts about God as we see about our banks!

  • The Insufficiency of God. (1-9)
  • The Insecurities with God. (10-18)
  • The Irreplaceable Image of God. (19-22)

Ask yourself the questions:

  • What should they have done differently?
  • What should I do differently?
  • What would that look like in real life right now?

What is God desiring from us as we hear this lesson?  I think a key word is contentment.  Israel was on the rise.  The cycle of oppression seems to have shifted toward independence.  Samuel is the prophet, rather than judge, and is leading the people from a spirit-political position.  They are a theocracy.  God speaks through his chosen man and Israel’s elders hear and pass the message and obedience is called for by the people.  Now that Israel is on the rise in the region, they begin to get discontent with this situation.  I hear my teenager voice arriving, “everyone else has a king.…”

The desire to keep up with everyone else is a distinct issue in America.  Every child grows up wanting more, bigger, faster whatever.  As adults we do the same thing.  The car payment is almost over so we trade for the new one.  The credit cards are almost paid down, so what can be the next purchase.  Our house is not what it used to be so let’s get a new one.  We ALL do this.  We are ALL susceptible to this insidious trick the of the Devil.

  • We feel that what God is offering is no longer sufficient and need to find what is.
  • We feel that God is not giving us the security (absence of all bad or uncomfortable issues) so we change.
  • We feel that God’s call on us is too much to ask and we shirk away.

All the while, if we would learn to just relax and BE with God, we would find the perfect peace we long for even when we cannot come up with the words to describe what we want.

ARE YOU READY?

In Chrisian Life, Gospel Living on May 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm

 

Are You Ready 4

Samuel is my wife’s favorite story and for whom (along with her grandpa) our son is named!  Samuel was chosen by God for a purpose long before Hannah conceived.  You, and everyone you teach, have that same story!  Samuel was specifically chosen to be the national prophet at the conclusion of the Judges period.  He would be the bridge between deliverers and monarchs.  He did not know this, but God did.  As look back on this moment in the life of Samuel, let us trust that God has a plan.  He ALWAYS has a plan.

We must be ready to receive God’s Word.  I want to take a moment here and share a few thoughts on how we can be ready to receive God’s Word.  This is where it all begins.  God will try to get your attention through a number of ways.  It wasn’t until the third time that Samuel became ready.  He had gone to Eli before.  Now, Eli helped Him get ready to receive from God.

When my daughter first showed interest in softball it was because her friends were signing up to play.  We were not ready.  We made the decision to play.  We wrote the check and filled out the forms.  We waited for the draft to happen.  She waited anxiously the evening of the draft to find out which team picked her and who was on the team.

Had we received a random call, we would not have thought anything about it.  However, because we had put ourselves into a position of readiness we were ready to receive the call.  For each of us to be ready to receive we must ask ourselves if we have “signed up” to play.  Have we placed our faith in Jesus?  Now, are you waiting anxiously by the phone?  Just like our daughter who was guaranteed a spot on team, your faith guarantees you a plan from God to accomplish something extraordinary.  Are you ready?

We must be prepared to hear what God has to say.  Between the call and the first practice, there was much to do!  We needed to buy a helmet, a glove, and a bat. How silly would it have been to go out to practice without a glove?  She would not prepared to receive the ball that was hit her way.  How silly would it have been to stand at the plate without bat?  She would not have been prepared to do anything except get hurt.

There is preparation we must make in our lives concerning God, too.  Maybe you have thrown up requests to God but hold on to a pre-determined response that is acceptable to you.  A friend of ours just lost their 2-year-old little girl who had a terminal condition.  They struggle now because they believed by faith God would let her walk out of the hospital.  God did, in fact, heal her.  However, it was not in the specific way desired.  If you ask God to heal your family member and He chooses to take them are you prepared?  If you ask God to protect your child/grandchild as they drive away but are in a bad accident are you going to remain faithful?  Are you prepared to hear whatever it is that God sends your way?

The Bible gives us “gear” that we should acquire in order to be prepared for WHATEVER God decides to tell you.  You can find this in Ephesians 6.  Samuel was given some difficult words to express but he was prepared.  Are you?

We must be prepared to deliver God’s message to others.  It’s game time.  Are you ready?  There had been 3 weeks of practices and it was opening day at the softball complex.  It was time to put into practice what had been practiced.  The anthem was sung and the pitcher had warmed up.  With that first pitch everything was now in motion.  While we could coach form the dugout, there was no opportunity to stop play and go “fix” a problem.  They had to perform to the best of their abilities.  We won on that day and the season championship, but we did not win every game.

Once you have understood your purpose is to glorify God and share the gospel it is time to put it in practice.  We can go to class after class and hear many sermons and watch a plethora of videos but there is nothing like ACTUALLY doing it.  It is time to go and be witnesses infused with the power of the Holy Spirit.

God is speaking.  Have you opened the channel?  Are you ready to hear whatever He says?  Are you ready to go and tell the message?

Go. Fight. Win.

The Dilemma of Divorce

In Leadership on May 2, 2016 at 3:44 pm

torn piece of paper with divorce text and paper couple figures

As Baptists we have, over the years, taken a firm stance on divorce.  We have, in effect, treated it like the unforgivable sin.  We have run from men who have divorced when it comes to them serving as a Deacon.  The traditional position has been absolutely negative to them serving.  The passage cited is 1 Timothy 3:12.   Some versions read “husband of one wife” while others read “faithful to his wife”.  Thus, we have had a conflict of praxis concerning deacons and their service if a divorce is in the past.

Whenever we have one verse on which we place an entire position we find ourselves on narrow footing.  In order to give it proper review there are a few things to consider:

  1. Original Language – the Greek text is the original in this case at it strictly reads, “one woman man”. From this alone we cannot determine exactly what was meant without regarding the next 2 parts or infusing personal opinion.
  2. Original Context – The culture and morality of the day lent itself to polygamy and multiplicity. The Christians of that time struggled with false teaching and wayward living as they tried to mature.  Paul encouraged Timothy to remind those he led that leadership needs to show stability.  They were to be focused on the one to whom they were married.
  3. The Whole of Scripture – The very character and Word of God comes into question if we are not careful. By saying that a divorced man cannot serve we hold a certain grudge.  We hang a scarlet letter on him and say “not forgiven”.  How can we do what God does not?  He forgives.  He casts sin to unreachable places.  He moves forward.  The character of God in light of scripture informs us that God forgives and so should we.  Further, God’s choosing of men with questionable backgrounds is many.  One does not look far to see Him forgiving and using flawed people with difficult pasts.

In light of these 3 basic positions, divorce, with remorse, does not preclude a man from service.  There are those in your church right now with such history.  May we not hold against them what God has already relieved.

8 Motivations You Probably Choose Everyday

In behavior, Gospel Living on March 31, 2015 at 7:51 am

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“What’s my motivation?”

Nearly every actor will ask this question at some point.  It is important for the actor to know the motivation of the character being portrayed in order to make it look real.  The writer or director will inform the artist as to the mind and heart of the character. This question comes from a need to know the heart of the character being portrayed.  If the actions and the heart do not match then every knows it is fake or someone gets miffed. Bad acting comes from the inability to have the behavior and heart match.

What about real life, though?  Why do WE do what we do? Each of the following is a good reason at times, but when we push them too far or too often they break down.

1. Obligation – when people operate out of a sense of obligation everyone feels it.  You speak to Ed because you have to do so.  You apologize because you are being made to do so.  Your work is because you have to do so.  Cain can be seen as someone who was bringing an offering to God in this way.  It was rejected.

2.  Honor – much of men are taught to do is out of honor.  We are taught to stand for God, Country, and Mom.  Boys will fight over bad-mouthing one’s mother.  Men will fight and die to uphold the honor of God and Country.  This is not a bad trait in and of itself.  Yet it can spill over to being the only reason and then it falls flat.  David’s honor rose up during Nathan’s story only to discover he was the subject.

3.  Pride – for all that honor is for others, pride is for yourself.  We act out of this without even knowing it.  When we feel threatened our pride rises up for all to see.  We cannot handle our work, creations, or efforts being challenged.  When our blood, sweat, and tears have been poured into a project, we dare someone to criticize!  Haman could not stand Mordecai.  His pride overwhelmed him!

4.  Desire – we act because we want something.  The boy who over-flatters the girl wants something she may not be ready to give.  The suck-up at the office is hoping for a promotion.  The child who voluntarily cleans their room wants something.  At our animal level we have wants, some say needs, in our lives that we will do whatever is necessary to achieve!  This usually leads to addictions and/or family meltdowns.  Delilah working Samson over is an example.

5. Spite – while this is an emotion much like desire it takes on a nasty tone.  This is the evil side of desire.  When this is our motivation we are premeditating a way to harm someone else out of revenge, usually.  Again, Cain comes to mind.

6.  Envy – we often want what we cannot have.  Worse, we want that thing somebody else has.  Operating out of envy can create an entire lifestyle foreign to who you really are and brings no real satisfaction.  Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard.  He whined and carried on because he was envious of him.

7.  Jealousy – this can become an extremely controlling factor in our lives and int he lives of those around us.  When this is our motivation we claim love and cry protection, but really it can be pushed too far.  Jealousy and envy are closely related and are often linked in the Bible.  While envy focuses on objects, jealousy focuses more on attention.  Joseph’s brother’s were jealous of the attention he received from their father.

8. Love – God has shown us the way we should go.  He loves us.  Through Jesus we see God’s love.  He did not provide Jesus because of any other reason than He loves us.  When we place our faith in Jesus’ death burial and resurrection as sufficient for God’s requirements, we give our lives to God.  We are transformed into something new.  God changes us so that we can love others.

At work, school, home, or church, if we operate out of less than love we become that clanging cymbal of Paul.  To a hurting world anything less than love as a motivation comes off wrong.  Why do you act the way you do?  May it be out of love from this point forward.

We love because He first loved us.

3 Ways to Lose on the Biggest Stage

In Life and Culture on January 12, 2015 at 9:57 am

NFL: Divisional Round-Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

Pride brings loss.  If you don’t believe me, just ask Dez Bryant.  During the divisional playoff game against Green Bay, Bryant ran a good route and went up for a ball.  He snatched it out of the air and the defender’s reach.  He took 2 steps and as he fell he reached for the goal line.  The ball came loose and the catch was overturned by the review booth as incomplete due to lack of control through the fall.

What?

I heard so many complaints about the catch/no catch issue.  As the rules change, nearly daily, it is hard to keep up.  We can argue with the pundits, but that’s not really the issue.  Here’s the issue:

If Bryant had just secured the ball falling short of the goal line they would have likely won the game!

There was time on the clock.  They could have burned it with running plays to gain a touchdown and a date with Seattle next week.  They could have put Green Bay in an impossible situation.  2 feet had already come down in bounds.  Secure the ball and secure the win.  Because he stretched for the touchdown he lost control and was ruled incomplete.

Why, then did he do this?  Why do we do what we do so often?

Pride. Bryant wanted the TD.  I have watched him since he was at Oklahoma State (Go Pokes!).  As he entered the NFL his pride was magnified.  He is a great athlete and receiver!  However, when he does not get his way, his catches, his touches, and his TD’s he throws a fit on the sidelines, whines to Garrett, and yells at his teammates.  Why?  Because of pride.  He has certain goals he wants to reach.  But we have a problem.  Because of HIS goals, the team is now in the off-season.

How do you know if pride is a problem with you or the organization?

1.  When the individual is ahead of the team.  This happens often, especially in pro sports.  ESPN makes its living off of highlights and stats.  Bryant wants both, but it cost the team the game.  When one person’s goals outweigh the team’s goals we have a problem.  Last time I checked this was a team game.  The team wins or loses.  The team plays on or the team is in off-season.  Don’t let one person’s pride cost the organization the game.

2.  When you count the wrong stats.  As mentioned, ESPN has created a monster because of statistical research.  Counting the right stats is critical to organization health.  What stat really counted yesterday?  The answer is the win-loss column.  The playoffs are different from the regular season.  Personal stats are irrelevant if you lose the game.  If you count the wrong stats (# of TD’s) rather than the score, you could lose the game.  If the RB and WR’s are all arguing over who gets the most touches, most yards, most TD’s but lose the game, who cares?  Count the right things at the right times.

3.  When you blame others rather than accept responsibility.  Everyone makes excuses.  The ball was under-thrown.  The line did not give enough time.  I was held up.  The rule is wrong.  The ref’s are blind.  Bryant had the ball.  He made the catch.  He made a mistake, but is not owning up to it.

One choice.  One loss.  That’s how it can go.  We must examine our motivations, goals, ambitions, and pride.  We don’t live in isolation.  Every choice we make, has a chain reaction effect.  What one chooses effects many.  Don’t let pride cause the fall of your company, team, or organization.

Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor. Proverbs 29:23

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