The crucial question…

My Jennifer tells about being 7 years old. She braved a flight of steps to the high board at the Samford U pool. Looking down at the water 15 feet below, fear won! Jennifer made the decision to retreat. All in was not an option. Backtracking down the steps, with an aggressive boy yelling at her to hurry, she fell many steps. A trip to the clinic for stitches left an indelible mark.

Today and every day, there are all in decisions to be made.

Matthew chapter 19 compels us to make all in decisions, but who makes it possible to move ahead when we want to back down the steps from life’s heights?

The first all in decision deals with marriage. Am I all in today to do my part to make this 53-year marriage work. I mean really work? Yes, I am willing to be all in today to delight in Susie and be all present.

Jesus delights in happy, joy-filled, high functioning homes.

Matthew speaks once again to the treatment of children.

Children are very dear to my heart. After 50 years teaching youth it is clear some adults truly love children and others tolerate them. The best coaches I know have a unique capacity to delight in teaching children with praise and good teaching yet still require a positive I want to excel attitude & willingly correct failures on and off the court.

An all in coaching mindset sees failures as stepping stones to success.

Yes, when I am with children I am all in with a total commitment to inspire them to know they are miracles and to expect them to act like a miracle.

Now Mathew makes a turn to a tougher more demanding matter.

Who will enter the kingdom of heaven? The men who followed Jesus asked in awe? Who can be saved?

With men, this is impossible, with God all things are possible.”

With God, I can win the moment today. Not just one moment but each new moment. Each failure moment will be energy to win the next moment and before I realize it, there will be a long string of winning moments.

When I close my eyes tonight to enter sleep being all in all day will be my victory.


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