Quick Quote | Inspiration From A Deaf Man Who Didn’t Listen To His Critics

“They told me I was a lost cause, but I’ve been deaf since I was 3 so I didn’t listen.” – Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks Running Back
One of the most powerful commercials you’ll see in this year’s Super Bowl is this one from Duracell:
Here’s to the ones who don’t listen to their detractors, ignore the naysayers and NEVER GIVE UP!
As a New England Patriots fan, who watched his team miss the Superbowl at the hands of Peyton Manning, I wasn’t about to root for the Broncos in the Super Bowl this year. After seeing this story, and to show solidarity with all my friends in the Pacific Northwest (and one in Tampa!), I am ALL IN for the Seahawks this weekend!

Check out Derrick Coleman spreading some joy to young hearing impaired girls HERE.


Note: I believe our strength comes from acknowledging our utter helplessness and surrendering completely to Jesus Christ, so the Trust Your Power and Trust The Power Within messages do give me pause. The reality is, Duracell has to tie this inspirational message to their product, which is, after all, battery power. I don’t think anyone should trust their own power, but I certainly appreciate the message of perseverance and not giving up. I applaud them for using their marketing resources to spread a positive and inspirational message. For the record, Derrick Coleman is a believer and says his inner power comes from God, not himself.
Full text of inspirational ad: “They told me it couldn’t be done, that I was a lost cause. I was picked on. And picked last. Coaches didn’t know how to talk to me. They gave up on me. Told me I should just quit. They didn’t call my name. They told me it was over. But I’ve been deaf since since I was 3, so I didn’t listen. And now I’m here (camera shows filled stadium) with the loudest fans in the NFL cheering me on and I can hear them all…”

SOTD: This Is Amazing Grace | Phil Wickham

It really is amazing, God’s grace…. Unfailing. Never ending. Life-changing. Beyond measure. Freely given. Value incalculable. Priceless.

Today’s Song Of The Day reminds us how GREAT He is and how BLESSED we are!

Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
– 1 Peter 5:10

May we all find ourselves growing in this amazing grace today…


Quick Thought: Love Me Like I Deserve To Be Loved – No, Wait…

Y’know, being kind and loving to the people who make life difficult for us, and cause pain to those we love, may be the hardest thing Jesus calls us to do.

Some days I think I can’t do it anymore. But then I think about the people who’ve treated me that way. Starting with Jesus.

The truth is, if we were loved like we deserved to be loved, most of us would be utterly despised.

“Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.
Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.”
– Luke 6:28-30

God doesn’t tell us to love this way to make our lives harder. It’s actually what’s best for us.

Love begets love. Bitterness destroys.

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Quick Thought: Time To Move On

Sometimes, it’s entirely appropriate to encourage someone to move past something difficult, to get over it or move forward. But sometimes, when we say move on, we really mean give up.

Never give up on something you’re believing God for in your life, no matter who tells you to! No matter how many people say it, or how many times they say it!

A good friend of mine shared this on Facebook this week:

waiting

There’s another guy who’s story is told in the Bible, who not only waited, but worked. Hard. For a LONG TIME. His name is Jacob.

So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
– Genesis 29:20

Jacob agreed to work for seven years for Rachel’s father to earn her hand in marriage. Despite being lied to, deceived and treated completely unfairly, he worked an ADDITIONAL seven years to finally be able to marry her.

I’m sure Jacob’s friends and family told him to cut his losses and move on. From a human perspective that might have made all the sense in the world. But Jacob waited out of love.

Another friend shared this quote today, and I love it:

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
– Elbert Hubbard

Whatever the circumstances of the season of waiting you’re in at the moment, I encourage you to hold on! Don’t break down, just before your break through! (More on that in an upcoming post…)

Waiting On God Isn’t Always Easy, But It’s Always Worth It

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…”
– Joel 2:25

Man, God’s promises are so good!

I love the way Hillsong United puts it in their song, Oceans:

“You’ve never failed and You won’t start now…”

When we don’t see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives, it’s not because He dropped the ball, or failed in some way. It’s because we give up.

  • We lose patience
  • Our faith runs out
  • We settle for counterfeits
  • We believe the enemy’s lies
  • We wall off the parts of our heart that hurt, leaving us less capacity to feel and love
  • We give up the eternal for the easy
  • Like Esau, we trade away the priceless to satisfy our desires in the moment (we sell out for stew)
  • Living an easy life isn’t the point, let’s live lives that are WORTH IT! No matter how hard it is…

    Quick Thought: We’re Not All Jumping From Mountain Top To Mountain Top Here, People!

    Don’t let failures throw you off mission.

    We all have moments of glorious victory and stinging defeat.

    Before Peter fell into the ocean, he walked on it. And just weeks after he denied Christ, he preached the seminal message of the Christian faith (other than Jesus, of course!)

    Like us, when Peter relied on his own strength, he failed. When he kept his eyes on Christ and relied on the power of the Holy Spirit, he was bold and effective.

    “…Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
    – Hebrews 12:2

    Don’t give up! Fix your gaze and press on!
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    Rich Mullins Movie: Ragamuffin [Video – Behind The Scenes]

    I am so glad this movie is being released!

    You know Rich Mullins whether you know the name or not, he wrote the song Awesome God, among others.

    Props to my buddy Jason and the team that put the Rich Mullins Film together. (And if you haven’t read The Ragamuffin Gospel, do yourself a favor and check it out…)

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