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“Quiet Strength” December 26, 2011

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It’s easy to be gracious when you’re getting carried off the field in celebration. It’s more difficult when you’re asked to pack up your desk and your pass code doesn’t work anymore. I think people look more closely at our actions in the rough times, when the emotions are raw and our guard is down. That’s when our true character shows and we find out if our faith is real. If I’m going to call myself a Christian, I have to honor Jesus in the disappointments, too.

I believed then, and I believe now, that God is in control of everything. This was how He wanted it.

I’m mentioned my profound admiration of Tony Dungy before. I spent Saturday reading Quiet Strength cover to cover. Probably none of us will have the opportunity to coach a professional team, but each of us has a venue within which we are called to develop and display “the principles, practices and priorities of a winning life.”

Tony emphasizes stewardship of opportunities. By this, he means taking advantage of “lucky” breaks when they occur. He also stresses doing the common things uncommonly well. If this leads to success in the NFL, how much more in an authentic Christian life where we can “put points on the board” every day by service and selflessness?

These insights are particularly relevant for those of us watching for the return of Christ. Even the unbelievers know “something’s gotta give.” We know where to watch and what to watch for … but are we overlooking opportunities in the meantime?

Just a few random thoughts.

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