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I am a big football fan and I love the Denver Broncos. I am excited and thankful that they recently won the Super Bowl. Growing up, the Super Bowl was like a holiday in my family. Each year that the Broncos are not playing in the Super Bowl, I choose a team that I root for.

Like every football fan, I have teams that I dislike. Two of the teams I dislike the most are the New England Patriots and the Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas?) Raiders. They would never play each other in the Super Bowl, but if they did I would root for one team over the other, and I would have my reasons. I wouldn’t cheer for the Jacksonville Jaguars to win the game (they aren’t even playing), nor would I cheer for the New York Yankees (not even the same ballpark).

When it comes to the political arena, I think the same way.

I’m not going to cheer for someone
who isn’t even playing the game

 
I would never want to be labeled a Patriots or a Raiders fan. I would never want either one of the presidential candidates to represent who I am and what I believe in. But they are the ones playing the game. So I’ll root for one of them.

If picking a side is stressing you out. Read all of Romans 14. It’s refreshing. Regardless of who wins this election, God is still God. He’s not concerned.

Let’s end the bickering and the criticizing of one another. Paul writes:

Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God. For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God. Romans 14:9-11

Every knee will bow, and every tongue will give praise. As a Christ follower, hearing these words should give you confidence. Confidence in your God and confidence to share what is important: the Gospel.

We need to spend less time murmuring about things we are against and come together to defend what we are for.

“We must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.”
– Paul in Romans 14:19

 

 

Love does not BOAST.

I’d like to think that I don’t boast about my successes, but it’s not always easy. In a world where we post photos and thoughts with the hopes of receiving “likes,” it’s increasingly hard to not put myself on a pedestal. Especially being in a place of leadership.
denille-davis-jilly My wife is extremely talented. She takes on projects and responsibilities with tenacity. When she is a part of a project, you will know that it will be done with great enthusiasm, it will be well thought out, and every opportunity for success will be explored. She often finds success and exceeds expectations. Anyone who knows her, knows that this is true. Motherhood is no different, and I get a front row seat. Denille would be the last to tell you this because she knows there are greater things to come.

I have heard that humility makes you hungry, and Denille paints that picture well in my life.

I was challenged with this thought today:

“Gifted people don’t have to inform the world how gifted they are. They simply use their gifts, and the world can’t help but notice.”

Stay humble. Stay hungry. The world around you will notice.

This is from a series of posts I made on Facebook during the summer of 2016.

 

Love does not ENVY.
I can sometimes look at someone and wish I had what they have. Talent, possessions, position, family and more can cause me to become envious.

chris-paintingChris is a Liberty University student who has worked with me for the last three summers. He has more talent, drive, and experience than I had when I was his age. It’s easy to look at him and “wish” I had what he has. But just like everyone else, he has his own struggles.

No one is perfect. I’ve heard before that we often compare ourselves to other people’s highlight reels. Meaning that we compare our worst (what we know best) to other people’s best (only what we can see).

 

“We often compare ourselves to other people’s highlight reels”

I was challenged with this thought today: “If we get hung up on comparing our success (or lack of success) to the success of others, we tend to pull people down to our level instead of being encouraged by what they’re doing and allowing it to produce a healthy drive in us.”

I’m thankful to be a small part of Chris’ journey and look forward to see what happens next.

This is from a series of posts I made on Facebook during the summer of 2016.

 

Have you ever played this game?

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I recently bought a GIANT version of pick up sticks (the sticks are two feet long!), and it is a blast. It brings back memories of playing the game with little plastic sticks when I was a kid.

I can remember opening the can and spilling all the sticks on the floor. A little bit of a mess. Starting the game was a little difficult, but after some time and practice (and a reminder that it is supposed to be fun), I actually began to have fun.

When we launched our new children’s ministry at our church, I knew it would be a little bit like pick up sticks. It was new, and sometimes that can be uncomfortable. But as we started “playing” we began get into a groove and had a lot of fun.

Not everything was perfect at first (especially day one), but it was important to embrace that. Making mistakes and not being perfect gave us direction on how to grow and get better.

Never stop improving.

I think about Lowes’ slogan all the time. Sure, never stop improving your home will keep you returning to their store. But if we never stop improving our lives, assessing where we are in our walk and how we can get better, then we start to live the life Paul writes about in Philippians 3:12-14. That type of life not only improves ourselves, but it improves our marriages and the lives of those who are closest to us.