Dear Tony, What should I do if I fear change?
Change is tough.
It means breaking habits, changing routines, or letting go of what’s familiar. That’s why so many fear change.
But what happens when God is wanting to bring something better into your life?
What happens if you’re clinging so tightly to a mundane career, that you miss the your dream job that God has just around the corner for you? What happens if you keep your finances so tight that you miss out on the joy of supporting a child in another country who needs you? What happens if you refuse to move to a new city and miss the lifelong friends God had in store for you there?
And though the list goes on and on, let’s leave it at this: change can be good.
And when you’re trusting God, He will always take care of you and lead you into what is best for you and most glorifying for Him.
Dear Tony, What does it take to have an uncommon marriage?
Everyone has an idea of what it takes to have a “happy marriage.”
Some people suggest less time at work and more time at home. Other people suggest investing in one another’s hobbies and interests. Still others suggest giving more compliments and praise.
All of these are good things. And sure, they can all improve your marriage in some way. But there’s only one way to build a strong marriage that will survive any storm…and that’s through Jesus.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” In other words, we must keep him first if we hope to make anything else good or solid.
Because at the end of the day, an uncommon marriage is simply one that is built on Christ.
Dear Tony, Why is forgiveness so important in marriage?
If you’re married, then you know that arguments can be part of your daily routine.
Couples may fight over little things like what to have for breakfast, where the TV remote disappeared to, or whose turn it is to grocery shop.
Other times, couples may fight over bigger things like how to spend your savings, how to discipline your children, or what to do when one of you loses their job.
Let’s face it: we don’t have a choice when it comes to getting into arguments. They’re bound to happen! But what we do have a choice with is how we react. And we want to encourage you to choose forgiveness.
Coach Dungy shares the power of forgiveness when he explains that when we forgive, “healing takes place, love deepens, and peace reigns.”
This is echoed in Ephesians 4:32 with “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
So be sure to keep forgiveness at the center of your marriage and let us know how we can encourage you more!
Dear Tony, What does it take to be a Mentor Leader?
We all want to make a difference.
We all want to change lives, help others, and make our mark. And one of the very best ways to do that is as a Mentor Leader.
But being a Mentor Leader isn’t something to take lightly. It means sacrifice, selflessness, and service. More than anything, Coach Dungy explains that it means “standing side by side with the people we are leading.”
It’s easy to give empty advice or brief instructions. But Mentor Leaders are held to a higher standard. They can’t just talk the talk, but they must also walk the walk. Not some of the time. Not most of the time. But ALL of the time.
We encourage you to take some time this week to think through who you can be a Mentor Leader to!
“It’s too late…I’m too tired…Maybe tomorrow…” When we’re uncertain about things, we are all too quick to create excuses.
And it’s no different when it comes to having a quiet time with the Lord.
Instead of opening our bibles or turning on some worship music, we make up excuses. We convince ourselves that we’re too exhausted or we don’t have enough time or we have other things that need to get done first.
But the truth is that the best time for quiet time is right now.
You don’t need to schedule out an appointment ahead of time to meet with God. He is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
So take a few moments to pray, meditate on scripture, and call out to your Savior this morning.
On your wedding day, you and your spouse made a commitment “for better or for worse…” And by now, you’ve probably already faced some of those “better” and “worse” moments.
Some of the “for better” moments include going on your honeymoon, having your first child together, buying your first home together, getting a promotion at work, and even sharing small moments of romance day in and day out.
Then there are the “for worse” moments…moments like finding yourself in debt, struggling to parent rebellious teens, experiencing health issues, or losing a loved one.
But whether you’re facing the “for better” or “for worse” moments right now in life, be sure to always look back and remember the commitment you made to your spouse. And be encouraged to press on, side by side, through it all!
Life is tough. Life is hard. Life is full of setbacks, letdowns, and disappointments.
But when your hope is in the Lord, nothing is impossible! So be encouraged with our 5 favorite bible verses on HOPE!
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:114
What scripture brings you the most hope? Comment below with your answer!
At one point or another, every child can be frustrating, difficult, or exhausting. And instead of showing love, we become selfish and impatient.
But the truth is that our children are not our own; they are a sacred trust from the Lord. They were given to us as a GIFT to enjoy and care for.
So how do we do this? Here are 3 ways to enjoy your kids as the gifts they are.
- Stop Rushing. Life is moving at a million miles per hour. But in order to enjoy the children God has blessed us with, we must stop rushing and focus on them!
- Stop Aiming for Perfection. It’s time to let go of our unrealistic expectations and realize that each child is unique. So celebrate their imperfections and help them grow in their weaknesses.
- Start Enjoying. Finally, we want to encourage you to simply make time for your kids. Plan a dinner out or a movie night at home…whatever it is, be sure to enjoy your children for the gift they are!
How can you spend time enjoying your kids this weekend? Share your idea in a comment below!
So many things are fighting to define us.
Some can be good things: our career, our family, our hobbies. Others can be not-so-good things: our flaws, our past, our material goods.
But there is only one thing that truly, truly defines us. And that is our relationship with God.
Ever thing, every person, and every situation we experience in life has some level of brokenness. Nothing and no one is perfect.
But God is! And He can be trusted to give us a genuine sense of self-worth. He can be trusted to make us feel loved, valued, and worthy.
What is keeping you from beginning a relationship with the Lord? We’d love for you to share your heart by commenting below.
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We all want to make a difference.
We all want to change the world, leave a legacy, and improve the lives around us.
But when we can’t fix everything, we often end up so discouraged that we fix nothing. We give up way too quickly and give in too easily.
Galatians 6:9 encourages by saying, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Results are not always immediate or visible. But when we are working to glorify God, we are sure to reap a harvest! As Coach Dungy says, it may “be as simple and profound as changing one life…”
Where do you feel God leading you to change lives? Share your thoughts in a comment below!