Tuesday, June 17, 2014


...isn't popular.

The NBA is full of egos. But, there's a bigger reason for it than they're great at their sport. It sells. That's why I've really enjoyed ESPN blasting the fans over the past few days. "You've been asking for more people who are down to earth, do their job, play fundamentals and are humble? They just won the NBA Finals, so why aren't you out there buying their jerseys?"

It's a good question, and it's simple. Humility doesn't sell. We say we want it. We say we want to be like it. But when it comes down to it, do we really want humble people? Do we really want to be a humble person?

God wants us to be.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

It may not be popular or profitable, but I like how ESPN put it. Fame comes cheap nowadays. True character, that's a little harder to find.

And it's worth more...


Monday, June 09, 2014

"In" not "With"

Today I had my Bible program open on my computer and I did something a little different. I have many translations open at once (it helps me get a better handle on what the Scripture is saying) and I saw the New King James Version open in the back. I rarely use that one, so I thought I'd look to see what I had opened it to.

Colossians 2:10 - and you are complete in Him...

For some reason that really struck me. Complete in Him. As other versions put it, through our union with Christ, belonging to, filled with, having Christ, coming to Him, our lives are full and complete and true when we are in Christ.

This idea of "in", it's all encompassing. We are together with, a part of, filled up to the brim with Christ and His likeness. And that is the way we are complete, we have that full or true life. I wonder how often we try to have that complete life with Christ, Jesus is an add-on to our already busy lives, something else to do, that one hour a week.

Maybe instead of focusing being with Jesus, we should focus on us being with Him, following Him, making Him the head and being a part of who He is and what He's doing. That sounds like it could be a full adventure...