I’m a “teetotaler” (look it up – an interesting word). Grateful I am.

Drinking AlcoholI’m a “teetotaler” (look it up – an interesting word).

I’m grateful that I don’t drink alcoholic beverages – grateful I never got started.

Here’s what the Bible says… (read it just this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”)

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1)

I made a decision a long time ago not to drink alcoholic beverages of any kind. Never missed it… never had a hangover… never had to worry about what I said or did the night before. Never risked alcoholism.

Here’s my prayer… Perhaps this little post today will encourage someone to stop drinking… Perhaps it will be used by God to urge someone to get the help they need to overcome addiction… Or perhaps it will be motivation for someone never to start drinking.

There’s a better way you know – a God-honoring alternative! … “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-20)

The God-honoring alternative? “Staying full of the Holy Spirit along with authentic, heartfelt worship!” I recommend it! You won’t regret it!

Gotta tell you, I want to be “coachable!”

 

It can start as young as little league, develop further in community athletics, rear its ugly head in high school, grow in college athletics, and really exhibit itself in pro athletics… The issue? Whether or not an athlete is “coachable.”

If they’re not, it will show up as arrogance. The athlete knows best – after all, he or she is playing the game – coaches, at best, on the sidelines only have an opinion. Why listen to them. The “uncoachable” do their own thing, regardless of the strategy or play on the sidelines or in the huddle. The mistakes of others are treated with criticism and scorn. When it’s their mistake, it’s always someone else’s fault. They show up late for practice and treat team meetings as “optional gatherings.” When the coach calls these athletes to account and speaks directly to them there is either no eye contact at all, or just angry stares. Fits of rage are common expressions of the “uncoachable.” The tragedy is, they don’t get better – instead they practice their mistakes and they become ingrained in their flawed performance. The place for them until they change… the bench!

It’s entirely different with those who are “coachable!” They don’t pout when the coach speaks to them. They pay attention – they listen attentively. Correction is not taken personally – what the coach says is humbly heeded. Coachable players actually invite and seek out the input of skilled coaches. Plays that are called are viewed as winning strategies to be implemented with precision. Losses are viewed as opportunities to get better, to learn, to improve – but not to throw gear or smash ice chests. These athletes are punctual and participative at practices – team meetings are treated as sacred gatherings. These athletes want to overcome their counterproductive tendencies and exhibit excellence. And when there is a loss, the operative phrase is “no excuses.”

Whether it’s athletics, business, education, performance, a craft, or one’s faith it pays to be “coachable!” I read about it this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” in Proverbs…

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” (19:20)

Being “coachable” – I want it to become a lifestyle, don’t you?

Facing challenges? Here’s a secret in an ol’ gospel song… “Day by day and with each passing moment…”

Day by DaySharon and I had the privilege of spending some time today with a special friend that has been facing some personal challenges. We had some great conversation about God’s will and purposes in the challenges and finished our time together with prayer. Just as we were saying “goodbye” the Lord brought the words of a great gospel song to mind… I shared them with our friend as an encouragement, but sensed that someone who reads “coffee with the Lord” might profit from them. So here they are… (someone needs this today!)…

“Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

“Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

“Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach ‘the Promised Land.’”
-Carolina Sandell Berg

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