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THE 49 Commands of Christ

THE 49 Commands of Christ

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

 

Keeping the commands of Jesus begins with recognizing what they are. Following is a collection of 49 of Jesus’ commands. As you read through them, ask God to help you observe these words, apply them, and faithfully follow them throughout your lifetime.

1. Repent (Matthew 4:17)

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.

2. Follow Me (Matthew 4:19)

19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” .

3. Rejoice (Matthew 5:11–12)

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

4. Let Your Light Shine (Matthew 5:16)

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b]they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

5. Honor God’s Law (Matthew 5:17)

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

6. Be Reconciled (Matthew 5:23–25)

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift”.

7. Do Not Lust (Matthew 5:28–30)

28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

8. Keep Your Word (Matthew 5:37)

37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

9. Go the Second Mile (Matthew 5:38–42)

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[h] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

10. Love Your Enemies (Matthew 5:44–46)

44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[i] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

11. Be Perfect (Matthew 5:46–48)

46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[i] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

12. Practice Secret Disciplines (Matthew 6:1–18)

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The Lord's Prayer

5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray,go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]

10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.[d]

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret.And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

13. Lay Up Treasures (Matthew 6:19–21).

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[e] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

14. Seek God’s Kingdom (Matthew 6:33)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

15. Judge Not (Matthew 7:1–3).

“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 

16. Do Not Cast Pearls (Matthew 7:6).

6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

17. Ask, Seek, Knock (Matthew 7:7–8).

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 

18. Do Unto Others (Matthew 7:12).

12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

19. Choose the Narrow Way (Matthew 7:13–14)

13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

20. Beware of False Prophets (Matthew 7:15–16) A Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

21. Pray for Laborers (Matthew 9:37–38)

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

22. Be Wise as Serpents (Matthew 10:16)

16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 

23. Fear Not (Matthew 10:28)

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

24. Hear God’s Voice (Matthew 11:15)

15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

25. Take My Yoke (Matthew 11:28–30)

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

26. Honor Your Parents (Matthew 15:4).

4 For God commanded,‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 

27. Beware of Leaven (Matthew 16:6)

6 Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 

28. Deny Yourself (Luke 9:23–25)

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

29. Despise Not Little Ones (Matthew 18:10)

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

30. Go to Offenders (Matthew 18:15–17)

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

31. Beware of Covetousness (Luke 12:15).

15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

 

32. Forgive Offenders (Matthew 18:21–22).

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

33. Honor Marriage (Matthew 19:4–6)

4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said,‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

34. Be a Servant (Matthew 20:26–28)

26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[c] 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,[d] 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

35. Be a House of Prayer (Matthew 21:13)

13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

36. Ask in Faith (Matthew 21:21–22).

21 And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

37. Bring In the Poor (Luke 14:12–14)

12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers[b] or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

38. Render to Caesar (Matthew 22:19–21)

19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

39. Love the Lord (Matthew 22:37–38)

37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.

40. Love Your Neighbor (Matthew 22:39–40)

39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

41. Await My Return (Matthew 24:42–44)

42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

42. Take, Eat, and Drink (Matthew 26:26–28)

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”

43. Be Born Again (John 3:5–7)

5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

44. Keep My Commandments (John 14:15)

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

45. Watch and Pray (Matthew 26:41)

41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

46. Feed My Sheep (John 21:15–16)

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 

47. Make & Baptize my Disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

48. Receive God’s Power  (Luke 24:49)

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”

49. Let your heart not be Troubled

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Vision: Sharing Your Vision

Now that you’ve put together a plan, it’s time to share it. With whom do you share your plan? EVERYONE! You need to share that plan with your staff and your parents. I don’t mean your mom and dad, I mean your customers! Here are a few ideas on how and what to share with the people in your gym.

 

First things first, call a staff meeting. This meeting needs to consist of everyone, coaches, office staff, recreational staff, pro shop staff, and if you have janitorial staff then call them too. Everyone needs to be in on this vision, because it is going to take everyone to pull it off. Each person has been put there for a reason, and each person is important to complete the task.  Make sure that they all know the vision and understand that they are an intricate part of making the vision a reality. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

 

It is also important to share your vision with everyone who steps foot in the gym. Condense your vision into no more than one sentence. The shorter your vision statement is, the better. You want everyone who talks about your program to be able to explain who you are with as few words as possible. Everyone who joins your program or even enquires should be able to recall quickly the vision statement of your gym and have a good understanding in mere seconds as to the purpose of your existence. Put the vision statement on your website, your banners, your walls in the gym, on your letterhead, everywhere someone looks they need to see your vision statement. Constantly sharing your vision will keep it constantly on everyone’s mind.  Keeping God’s vision for your gym at the forefront of everyone’s thought is important in order to keep them on track and prevent them from falling all over their own ideals. (Proverbs 29:18)

 

Finally, do not neglect your teams. Your teams are an important part in the fulfillment of your plan. In fact, most of the fruit of your labor will be visible in the lives of your athletes. Get them excited about the vision, bring them in on your plan, show them how important they are to you and to each other, and you will see an incredible change in your program and the effectiveness of your ministry there.

 

 

 

Summary:

 

·      Always be casting your vision.

·      Bring everyone on staff in and let them know how important they are to your plan and vision.

·      Let the teams know how important they are by sharing your plan with them. 

Vision: Planning

In our last post we discussed Vision and how important it is to have a clear and defined vision that will guide you towards your specific purpose as a program. This week, we will talk about the plan that comes from having a clear vision. We’ve all heard the old adage, “Failure to plan, is planning to fail.” Not having a clear and precise plan that is motivated by your vision will stop you from achieving your overall goals. Let’s not waist a lot of time on talking about what a plan is, we should all have a pretty good idea of what a plan is, instead we will focus on giving you an idea of what a plan could look like, and hopefully getting you started on planning out your season.

 

Divide Your Season Into Segments:

 

Any season can be divided into three or four parts. Simply dividing it into two parts (summer and competition season) is a mistake. You want to divide your season into at least three parts and design your practices accordingly.  Here are a few examples of how to divide a season:

 

1.     Tryouts: Build your teams based on who showed up, not on what you want to have.

2.     Summer: After you have built your teams, build your teams. Strength, skills, conditioning, and camaraderie are your focus during the summer. Build them up, build them together, and at the end of the summer build your killer routine.

3.     Pre Season: These are the months leading up to your first competition. Break down the routine into sections, and fine-tune it for competition. A well-polished routine early in the season can equal an early paid bid to The One!

4.     The Season: Here, the focus is competition. Never stop conditioning, but time to focus on the areas where the scores are falling short. Listen to the judges, work the areas of the routine where you are lacking, and build a strong scoring routine.

5.     (Optional) Post Season: These are the last couple of months (March-April) where you will spice up the routine for The One Cheer and Dance Championships! Taking the already perfected routine, vamping it up a bit, and bringing out all of the stops to put on a great show at your end of the year competition!

 

After you’ve divided your season into segments, get out your calendar and start setting goals. For example,

 

June 1 – Have an idea for stunt groups

June 15 – Stunt groups are set, all groups hitting foundational skills

July 1 – Hitting rubric elements of routine

July 15 – Stunt sequences put to counts

Aug. 1 – Formations and Routine blocked out, or Choreography done and move into segment 2 of season.

October 1 – Routine together, at about 75% hitting routine clean.

November 1 – Hitting solid scaled version of routine.

February 1 – Hitting Original routine with high execution

March 1 – Routine at highest level and full execution scores

April 1 – Ready for Post-season competitions

 

Now that you have some goals set, go ahead and dive a little deeper and fill in your calendar of exact days you want to hit exact skills. Don’t be surprised if they fall short, you want to challenge them and give them something to work towards. Have high expectations of your athletes and you will be surprised how they step up to the task!

 

Finally, plan out your practices. Don’t just talk about a general idea of what you want to get done, but try and plan out the entire practice so that you can utilize your time to its full potential. Here is an example of a two-hour practice broken down for one team coming twice per week.

 

Juniors: Summer Schedule

 

Tuesday: 4:00 – 4:05 – Team Meeting and prayer requests (Let them know today’s goals and get them excited to work)

                 4:05 – 4:15 – Warm Up and dynamic stretch (See Debbie Love’s Cheer Warm up at fortheloveoftumbling.com)

                 4:15 – 4:30 – Work Out of the day (Strength elements, cardio elements)

                 4:30 – Water Break

                 4:32 – 4:45 Jumps and Jump conditioning

                 4:45 – Water Break (1 min)

                 4:47 – 5:15 – Stunts (Fundamentals and Single leg skills) Allow the individual groups to go as far as they can in their progression. Give a goal of elite level skills.

                 5:15 – 5:18 – Water Break

                 5:18 – 5:45 – Tumbling. Focus on synchronized tumbling. 15 min of progressive tumbling based on effort level given.

                 5:45 – 5:52 – Static stretch, cool down.

                 5:52 – 6:00 – Team Meeting and Closing Prayer.

 

Above is just an example of a planned out practice. Yours will vary depending on what you noticed about your teams strengths and weaknesses. Go ahead and schedule out your practices, this includes water breaks. This way your team and coaches will know exactly when they will get water so there will be no need to ask during practice. Special exceptions should be made based on specific athlete needs. Planning practices down to the minute, hold you accountable and make sure that you fit everything you need to fit in each short practice. This will also give your team something to work for and achieve during a limited amount of time. Teaching them deadlines and how to make the most out of each moment is invaluable for their future.

Go ahead and plan out a week’s practices and have them on hand. Now that you’ve got the plan, get ready to share it with your staff. Everyone needs to know the plan and goals that are set for the season. Keeping everyone on the same page is vital for the team’s cohesion. Just like the athletes are all members of a team, so are the staff. You need your coaching staff to be working towards the same goal and pushing your program towards the vision. Next week we’ll talk about sharing your vision and plan with your staff and the members of your program.

 

Remember, plans don’t always turn out…well, as planned. Make your plan, and then submit them to the Lord. His plan will supersede yours and all for the better. After al, it is His vision in the first place. Remember Paul, well he had planned to go places and was stopped by the Holy Spirit. Just like Paul, your plan may change according to His will, but it will always word out to benefit His purpose. So, make your plan prayerfully, and then submit it to Him, after you do this you will be ready to share it with your people.

"Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia." Acts 16:6

Vision: Do you have one?

What is the vision for your gym? Don’t say to win… Everyone who competes, does so with hopes of winning, so winning is not a unique goal. Last week, we covered finding out what is unique about your program and living in your uniqueness.  When we say “vision” we mean the overall motivation behind what you do. If you don’t have a vision, then you don’t have sustainable motivation, guidelines for decision-making, or confidence in your journey.

 

Sustainable Motivation

 

Vision is necessary for keeping you motivated when the journey gets tough. Every season coaches and owners going through what we call the “Mid Season Blues”.  This is when the season has been in full swing, you are working those weekend competition hours, your athletes are feeling the stress of doing the same routine week in and week out, the truth is that everyone has found themselves in somewhat of a slump.  Without a vision or direction where will you find the motivation to keep going at 100%?  Your motivation comes from your vision, your vision comes from God, and your focus must remain on your vision if you hope to make it through the fog.

Consider the Apostle Paul. He lists the difficulties of being one called by God to the Apostle’s ministry. Basically, they suffer often for the sake of their mission. His vision was what gave Him the motivation to continue on through hardships, God gave a vision to him, and his focus on God’s vision is what guided him towards the success of his ministry as an Apostle.  (2Corinthians 6:3-10)

 

Guidelines for Decision Making

 

How do you make your decisions? It is easy to make decisions on a whim, or guided by circumstance based on what looks good and attractive. Patience is key, and focus is necessary, but a vision from God will guide you to the decisions that will lead to fulfilling your individual purpose (Isaiah 30: 19-21).  With clear vision it is easy to make decisions with a simple question.

 

“How does this help me towards my overall vision and purpose?”

 

Keeping your clear vision is important for keeping you accountable in your decisions making and will keep you on the right path for the purpose of your gym.

 

Confidence In Your Journey

 

It is hard to be confident while traveling when you have no directions to your destination. It is even harder when you aren’t sure what your destination is. Having a clear vision is necessary to know where you are going and how to get there. Going back to Paul, his journey was one made with great confidence. Not because of who he was, even though he was a man of great education and brought up with everything to get him places. His confidence was in God and following the vision that was given to him by God (Philippians 3:1-11) Getting a clear vision will give you the confidence necessary to walk strong no matter the difficulties that may arise, those difficulties such as the “Mid Season Blues”.

 

So, here are some ideas on how to make sure you are guided by your vision from God and not your own ideas. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

1.     Get alone in a quiet place and be still. Listen and ask God to provide you with vision, because without it you’re lost. (Proverbs 29:18)

2.     Post it everywhere, make it known, relay it to your staff, and make sure it takes precedence.

3.     When you have your vision, laminate a paper with your vision statement and place it on the center of the table so that any decision made will be done with that in mind.

4.     Hold monthly staff meetings and constantly remind them why you are doing what you do, this will help them walk confidently and with motivation to get through the difficult times. IF THE COACHES ARE MOTIVATED, THE ATHLETES WILL BE MOTIVATED!

 

Take this week and find the vision God has for your gym. Remember, it’s not going to be about winning, God has much bigger plans than that! Next week, we will talk about mapping out the journey so that you can effectively travel and communicate the vision God gave you. 

What Makes You Unique?

What Makes You, You?

 

One of the challenges of people young and old is keeping what it unique at the forefront of your identity. It is easy for us to fall into the status quo and begin to be shaped into what the world says is acceptable and right. Succumbing to the status quo is a mistake. After all, God made each one of us unique with gifts and talents so that we can accomplish a specific assignment that is particular to your gifts. As a Christian, we have been called to stand out and not conform to that which the world calls the norm; likewise a Christian business must do the same.  Ultimately, that which makes you unique will set you apart from everyone around you.

 

God Made You Unique – Psalm 139: 13-15

 

We have all been uniquely woven together by the Master Weaver. In His doing so He gave us an unique calling and created “good works” for us to do since the beginning of time (Ephesians 2:10). The same is true for a business. God has created your gym, on purpose, for a purpose. He gave you a unique personality, and in so doing He has given your gym a unique personality. Trying to fit into what another gym is doing, or even what the “industry standard” says to do will take you away from that unique identity and bring you into line with the standard of the world. God created your gym with a unique personality that will attract the exact athletes that you have been created to serve.

 

 

Do Not Conform – Romans 12:2

 

As a unique creation with a unique mission you have been called to a unique life of nonconforming. It is easy to see what the “big gyms” down the street are doing and try to change your gym’s personality in order to try and compete with them. Doing this is actually not only a disservice to your customers, but also to yourself. When you begin to stray away from the person you were created to be, you become unauthentic which leads to feeling unfulfilled and ultimately affecting how you coach and run your business.

 

Stand Out

 

Being uniquely created and refusing to conform to the status quo will cause you to stand out. Standing out is something that most fear, but that is what will set you apart from anyone else around you. So, here are some things to apply to your gym that will help you grow your gym and start meeting your goals.

 

1.     Find out what makes you, YOU! What has God given you that makes you unique and build your program with that identity and hold strong to those characteristics.

2.     Remember that you were called to do things exactly how God leads. Don’t give in, walk in your standards and morals, just go in His direction and get out of the way. It will be fun to watch HIM work!!

3.    STAND OUT! Focus on being exciting, and be exactly who you were created to be! Standing out will draw attention to you, and ultimately your goal is to glorify God with your gym.

4.    Be like Gideon’s army (Judges 7). Though much smaller in number, they marched forward with confidence knowing that God is leading them to VICTORY.

5.    Don’t compare yourself to anyone else (John 21:20-23). Just like you’ve been called for a specific purpose, so has everyone else. Focus on Christ and His calling for you and your gym.  

This. Really.

I was so upset.

I mean how could she even think that I was to blame. This wasn't my fault, it was totally on her. Seriously, how hard is it to understand. We should have had that conversation with her parents. And just because I say, "We should tell your parents..." doesn't mean that she should actually go tell them.

Time out.

Maybe it only happens to me, but this conversation actually happened. Honestly, IT happens a LOT. What's even more embarrassing is that I'm the guy that has THE saying.

"There is nothing so simple that it can't be misunderstand." - Mister Smarty Pants (a.k.a. me)

Yet again I have NOT listened to the Holy Spirit, and definitely haven't considered that my amazing wife could possibly be speaking the truth. But to often this is exactly what I do.

This time of year is one of the hardest for me...and I know I'm not the only one. The holidays are meant to be about family, love, joy, celebration and so many other things. And I love the holidays. It's just that every year around the holidays I seem to struggle. A LOT.  I pick fights with my wife about the MOST STUPID things. I get upset at my kids more than usual. Anything that can go wrong seems like it does.

The worst part is I know what's causing it AND how to fix it. 

"8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8 KJV

I mean HELLO! Our enemy wants....to...destroy...us. Its so obvious. Why is it so easy to forget. Especially during the holidays I am reminded that WE must be ready for his attacks. Satan wants our holidays to be miserable. He wants us to hate the time we are meant to celebrate our greatest treasure. This year during the holidays remember that God is so much bigger than anything that the devil can throw at you.

Celebrate the Real Reason for the Season! Merry Christmas!

Solidarity

13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13 NLT

This blog is a little late in coming. I have been struggling with what the Lord would have me share after the events of this last weekend. This word seemed to jump out at me every time I heard anything about the attacks in Paris. Solidarity.

solidarity
      noun sol·i·dar·i·ty \ˌsä-lə-ˈda-rə-tē\
: a feeling of unity between people who have the same interests, goals, etc.

It's interesting that this word didn't appear in the English language until the end of the 19th century, yet the idea that it represents is so key to our faith. Unity. As we pray for the victims, their families, the survivors, and for the souls of those that would perpetrate such a heinous act, this event is another reminder that as believers, no matter what race, creed, ethnicity, gender or status we must stand united for the cause of Christ. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, "...We all share the same Spirit." There is no room for division. We must stand together. There is no room for hate of people, only hate of evil. Our love must expand beyond our smallness, our pettiness. Let hope arise.    JM

Knowledge is Power...or is it?

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. -Theodore Roosevelt

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. - (emphasis mine) 1 Corinthians 13:2 NLT

As leaders everyday we look to what we know in order to help us accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves. We Google, we YouTube, we Udemy, we take classes, we get mentoring, we blah blah blah...you get the picture. We spend so much of our time trying to express how much we know and yet according to the Word and leaders throughout history, our knowledge should actually always be an after thought.

I remember my junior year of college being made Captain of our cheer team. I thought I was hot stuff. I saw how much I had learned in my short 2 years of cheering and thought I was a force to be dealt with. I was going to single-handedly bring our team to the new pinnacle of cheerleading. Don't get me wrong I had put a ton of hard work into where I was; as I still say to this day I got a degree in Ministry but for those four years I studied cheerleading. But all the knowledge that I had acquired meant nothing when I considered it above the people I was leading.

Our challenge as leaders is to love those around us that God has entrusted us with leading. And we all know that at times that is a MAJOR challenge. This week choose to love someone who might benefit from your knowledge, but is desperate need for your love and care. Here are a few ideas of how to love others:

  • Take a fellow coach to lunch and let them know how much they mean to you.
  • Thank the Starbuck's barista and tell them that they matter.
  • Hand write a letter to a friend that shows how your relationship has made you stronger
  • "Catch" an athlete who has been struggling, "succeeding" and use them as a positive example.
  • Give grace to your spouse or loved one when they make a mistake.

Knowledge may be powerful, but knowing and sharing the love of God is most powerful.

by Josh Maggart

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