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Seeing What You Can’t Yet See to Do What You Can’t Yet Do

I love disc golf. I used to play it every week. Life has gotten busy and now I am down to a few times a year but the sport is one of my favorite things to do.

Years back when I was younger and more nimble, I could throw the disc a pretty good distance but I was by no means a professional level player. There is a hole at Cliff Stephens park in Clearwater, Florida that was 425 feet of water carry with the basket at 450. If you didn’t have that kind of distance you had to throw over to the right and then keep throwing down the shore until you got to the basket.

I had no idea that someone could throw 450 feet. I had no conception that someone could throw the disc straight across the water…until I ran into a couple of guys who were playing through and we proceeded to play hole 16 together.

The threw straight at the basket! They crushed it…their discs sailed all the way across to the other side. I didn’t have the guts to try to do that in front of them but something clicked in that moment. What I didn’t know was possible was possible. The next week, by myself, I tried to throw it across and while I didn’t get all the way to the pin, I did clear all that water!

It wasn’t until I saw someone do it that I knew it could be done.

Ministry can be that way. We can get so caught up in doing things by our own power and insight that we have little conception just how much God can do if we submit to him. We might settle for 2 or 3 baptisms a year when God might help us to 10X that or more.

It is important that we spend time with people who are more spiritually mature than we are. Those who are able to throw it across the water. Then we can see what God can do…what is truly possible and try things we would have never tried otherwise. And, by the way, you cannot spell disciple without the word disc 🙂

What The Motivational Speakers Just Don’t Get

Motivational speakers can be extremely helpful. They can inspire us, get us moving when we struggle to move. But there are some things secular speakers can’t wrap their minds around which are extremely important. They can’t because they aren’t coming at what they do as a Christian, from a Christian worldview. The first is thatContinue Reading

Who is God Sending Today? How Do You Fit in?

God has always been a sending God. He sends people places for various reasons. He sent Abraham to a new land and later the Hebrew people to that same land. He sent his son Jesus to the earth. Jesus send his apostles out to minister. God’s sending doesn’t end with the last word of theContinue Reading

How God Sees You

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I wish my kids could see themselves as I see them. They are so loved. They are so cherished. They are so blessed. I can’t fathom loving them any more than I already do. But from their perspective it is impossible to see these things toContinue Reading

Hearing God

“In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” – 1 Samuel 3:1 In our day and age, it isn’t that God isn’t communicating with us, it is that we aren’t good listeners. I don’t think “the word of the Lord” is “rare” today. I think we have gottenContinue Reading

Love is the Inevitable Result of Purity

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” – 1 Peter 1:22-23   1 PeterContinue Reading

Learning to Talk With God

Raising kids makes for some fun and challenging times. One of the things that we feel is essential to their growth and maturity is how to talk with adults. There are basic rules of civility that we want our kids to know and do when it comes to talking with adults, for example – lookContinue Reading

Filling the Emptiness

In order for anything to get filled it must have room to receive. If something is already full there is no room for anything new. When we make ourselves overly busy we have no room left to be filled. Ironically our busyness is often an indicator of our emptiness. When we fill our hearts withContinue Reading

Catching God in One of His Grocery Store Parenting Moments

If you are a parent you know the moment…it is that moment when you have had enough. Your kid has done something for the umpteenth time and they have been at it for several hours. You finally hit your limit and you let them know it in the strongest possible terms…in public. Store patrons areContinue Reading

Do the Next Right Thing

Somethings things get complicated. It gets hard to make what seems to be the best decision. If you do this, someone gets hurt. If you do something else, someone else might get upset. It can drive you crazy trying to figure out what to do. Missy and I have this saying that we will oftenContinue Reading

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