Coaching Myself

October 22, 2015 in Inspirational, Uncategorized



Recently I read a piece in my devotional book called You Are Worth More than Rubies.  I love the title of this book because it’s such a good reminder to try to be a little more tender to myself.  After all, the worst critic in the world is the one who lives right inside your head.  In the piece from the book I was reminding readers, and myself, since I always need the words God gives me on those devotional pages, that it’s important to coach ourselves to not talk defeat.  After all, when the coach comes out to give a pep talk to the players before the big game, he doesn’t even suggest that they won’t win.  In fact, he makes it pretty clear that they were born to win, prepared for that very moment in time to create the victory.  He lets the team know in no uncertain terms that they’ve got what it takes to play well and spur each other on toward the goals.

That’s what we need to do too.  We need to spur each other on to the victories that God intends us to have.  We need to see ourselves as worth more than a pile of rubies and we know that we have been prepared from the start for whatever this day brings.  We’re part of a team because we have friends who are prayer warriors who keep us lifted up to the Lord even when we don’t know they are praying. We have the word of God to remind us that He is with us every moment no matter what opponents we might face.  We have the assurance that all things are possible with God!

As it says in Hebrews 10:39, “We are not of those who turn back and are lost. We are people who have faith and are saved.”  We have the victory and we have to keep coaching each other, and keep coaching ourselves to trust in that truth.  Your value is beyond description and you never have a reason to talk defeat.

This is a great day because you have everything you need to win!  Now get out there and play!


You’re an Instant Winner!

April 23, 2012 in Inspirational

They’re everywhere…the ads and labels that say, just scratch off this circle and “you may be our next big winner!”  Or maybe the enticement comes under the cap of the next screw off coke bottle, or the Publisher’s Clearing House or even the fundraiser at church.  Everywhere someone is appealing to you to risk a little to see if you can win a lot.  Most of us love the momentary excitement of the possibility, that split second idea that we could win.  We might actually buy the one scratch off ticket that will hit the headlines tomorrow as we  prepare for all the ways we’ll spend that incredible sum of money.

We all want to win, no matter if we actually already have enough money or if we don’t.  We may not even be driven so much by the money as the absolute joy of having that one big story to tell for the rest of our lives about how we won.  We can’t wait to be the envy of the block, because everyone loves a winner.

Now there’s the good news!  You are already loved because you are a winner!  You won the lottery of life the moment you took a breath and you won the lottery of heaven, the moment you recognized that your Creator gave you a winning ticket, a way into the high rollers arena.  You can get past the gatekeepers and breeze your way right on into the throne room.  You’re a VIP and you’re so big that no one is even impressed with how much money you have. In fact, they don’t even care what you did for a living.  They care more about what you did for the living!  What got you into the throne room was knowing your winning status and sharing your abundance of joy and laughter, your heart of gold, and your amazing ability to make another person feel the presence of God.

How will you play your cards then?  How will you share your vast good fortune?  It may be that you won’t make much of an impression by one more generous donation to your favorite cause, or if you become the president of your own little empire.  It may be that you will only have to do one thing, share the secret of what it means to be an “instant winner!”   Oh, my, but there’s a thunderous applause coming your way.  Yes, go ahead and scratch off one more number…you’ve already won!