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.
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!
There’s power in forgiveness.
There’s power in the ability to feel the fault of others and look past it.
There’s power in feeling pain, experiencing hurt, or hearing harsh words, and being able to offer forgiveness.
Why? Because God forgives us each and every day. Often it’s multiple times a day! So when we offer forgiveness to others, we are giving the world a taste of God’s radical forgiveness for us.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” Here, God is instructing us to be kind, to be compassionate, and most of all, to be forgiving.
Who do you need to forgive in your life today? We encourage you to spend some time praying though the situation and asking God to help you forgive that specific person.
Let’s be real: defeat is tough.
No one likes losing. No one likes working hard without results. No one likes preparing for a win only to receive a defeat.
But Coach Dungy wants to let you in on a little secret: “We can win championships even after losing some games.”
It’s easy for a defeat to leave a sour taste in your mouth. But we can’t let one loss lead to other losses!
Each day is a chance for us to start fresh; to leave the past in the past. Yesterday is over. But today is a brand new day to work towards a win. So stop moping and start looking forward with hope and determination!
For most of us, we relate to God in two ways.
We praise him when things are going right and we make requests when things are going wrong.
But in 1 Peter 1:6-7, we’re encouraged to act otherwise:
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
Instead of saving our praise for when everything is going well, we’re called to “greatly rejoice” no matter what life is throwing our way.
So this week, we want to encourage you to praise God through the disappointments of life! Rejoice in your sufferings because they only give you a deeper understanding of how Christ suffered for you.
The world is full of things and people vying for our attention.
From bosses to businesses, sports to cell phones, money to movies, the list goes on and on. And all too easily, they gain our attention. We become too focused on pleasing our boss or getting the latest phone or following our favorite sports team’s every move.
So where’s the harm in enjoying these worldly things?
Well, when we keep our eyes on the things of this world, we aren’t able to keep our eyes on what truly matters. And what truly matters is our faith and our family.
Joshua 24:15 says, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
You have a choice. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” So what will it be? Success? Money? Fame? Well from all our folks here at the Dungy Family Foundation, we encourage you to serve the Lord!
It’s all too easy to feel like our difficult situations will last forever.
Over time, we become more and more convinced that things will never get better. But today, we want to encourage you with this passage from Ecclesiastes! In the first few verses of chapter three, we’re told that life is full of seasons. Some seasons are great, while others are incredibly difficult.
So spend a few minutes reading through these verses and remember that God is in control and that this, too, will pass.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
We’re all facing struggles.
We could talk on and on about our awful finances, our struggling marriage, or our shallow relationships with our kids.
But what if we looked at things in a new way?
Instead of asking why God is allowing us to face these struggles, what if we asked how these struggles can most glorify Him? 1 Peter 4:12-13 encourages us with this simple message:
“Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”
Maybe your awful finances is a chance for you to start over–to change your financial lifestyle and be an example to others of giving to God first.
Maybe your struggling marriage is a chance for you and your spouse to pursue counseling. And maybe this counseling could strengthen your marriage so that you’re one day able to encourage others to have a Christ-centered relationship.
And maybe your shallow relationship with your kids is a chance for you to reevaluate your priorities in life. Maybe it means spending less time at work or on the phone and more time with your kids.
So be encouraged to stop focusing on the downside of your struggles and start thinking through how your struggles can lead you to better glorify God!
We all want to achieve success.
But it’s easy to get caught up in the wrong things on the path to success. We have our eyes set on the prize when suddenly we get tempted by things of this world. We begin to chase approval, money, and recognition.
So what is the most important building block to success?
Coach Dungy believes that at the end of the day, INTEGRITY is most essential.
Because when we uphold integrity, we are honest, trustworthy, and dependable. And success comes to those who work hard in this way.
Be encouraged to walk in integrity this week and let us know how it goes by commenting below!
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Life is full of storms.
There are small storms like unexpected traffic, burnt dinner, and rained out excursions. Things like these can be frustrating, but are easily moved past.
But then there are big storms: financial struggles, parenting difficulties, job losses, or even the death of a loved ones. So how can you and your spouse recover from some of life’s biggest storms?
Coach Dungy believes that when we keep Christ at the center of our relationship, we can make it through anything. The key to surviving difficulties is keeping our eyes on God–no matter what life throws our way.
What are some storms you’ve faced recently? Share your story in a comment below.