Category Archives: Devotions

Encouragement in time of need

There’s no doubt these are becoming increasingly difficult times.  Economic uncertainty, jobs are lost, retirements disappearing, the list goes on.  But like I mentioned yesterday these are NOT times of fear.  I want to follow up on that thought with a verse from Psalm 11:3-4

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?  The LORD is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.  He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.”

What this verse says is that when all around us is falling apart, the “righteous” should look to the Lord.  We will see Him on His heavenly throne watching all that is happening.  He sees our struggles and He is unaltered.  There is no panic by God.  Picture this: Peter sees Jesus walking on water and calls out to Him, “Lord if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”  Jesus called to him; Peter stepped out of the boat and began walking towards Jesus.  But as the winds picked up, Peter lost faith and began to sink.  He cried out “Lord, save me!” “Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.  ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?'” Matthew 14:28-31 Unwavering, unaltered, Jesus lifted up Peter.  He will do the same for us.

Look to the Lord in your time of need.  “In the LORD I take refuge.  How then can you say to me: Flee like a bird to your Mountain.” Psalm 11:1

Pennington finds Spirituality in ’08

In 2008, Chad Pennington revived his NFL career and was rewarded with his second comeback player of the year award.  After 8 up and down seasons with the New York Jets, Pennington was cut prior to the ’08 season and was signed by the 1-15 Miami Dolphins.  Pennington displayed his strong leadership skills by orchestrating an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs.  But it wasn’t this change of scenery that led to the resurgence of him and his team.  It was his total submission to God.  A local newspaper Daily Mail near Chad’s alma mater, Marshall University, details a radio interview from Sports Spectrum last week where Pennington shared the following, “I have been playing football a long time and I have considered myself a Christian for a long time,” said Pennington.  “But this season is the first season that I felt like I totally let go of my career and let the Lord have control of it. It was the most rewarding year I have had in the NFL because I felt I grew closer to the Lord.”  Chad realized it’s not enough to just be a Christian without fully trusting in the Lord.  In our lives it’s often easy to say, “I am a Christian”, while still selfishly having our own agenda.  It’s only when we submit to the will of God that we are truly able to move forward and grow spiritually.  What are you holding on to?  Wouldn’t it just be easier to let go and turn everything over to God? Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Leadership Promise for the Day: Choose your mentor wisely

I’m a firm believer in the power of mentorship.  It provides the young leader with a development model and strengthens the mentor in their own areas of leadership.  Once such example occurs in II Kings 2:9-10 with Elisha and Elijah.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise not.”

It’s this type of relationship as a mentor that Elijah was able to prepare Elisha after his departure to heaven.

John Maxwell define’s Elisha’s preparation the following way:

Elisha’s Preparation:
1. He was anointed to replace Elijah
2. Elisha touched Elijah’s mantle long before he entered his ministry.
3. He burned his farming tools.
4. He stuck with Elijah wherever he went.
5. He absorbed all he could from Elijah.

Leadership Principle
1. Leaders must understand their call and roll.
2. Leaders must wait on God’s perfect timing for their authority.
3. Leaders must surrender former ambitions
4. Leaders must pursue good mentors.
5. Leaders must hunger to grow and develop.

Have a Blessed Day!