Several years ago I began a New Year’s MORE and LESS practice. A look back at the year just ending and forward to the year ahead—in conversation with God.
What were some attitudes/actions/activities that characterized my life this past year? Which would I like to see LESS of, and what would I like to see MORE of? Gratefully, I have seen change in most of these arenas. Yet my list remains remarkably the same, adding or subtracting only a few each year.
I do set a few specific, measurable goals, as the life coaches say I should. Those goals will often come out of these heart desires. I know it is impossible to see significant change in so many areas. These MORE and LESS statements, thus, really reflect the ongoing work I hope God keeps doing in me. And they embody my commitment to cooperate with Him. (more…)
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Posted in Becoming Kindling, Learned from Children, tagged fiery spirit, goals, God, love, make a difference, soccer, souls, wholeheartedness on May 11, 2011|
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Debbie has always hated to lose.
So when the Krazy Kittens, her soccer team of 7-year-olds, got behind 4-0, she had had it. The other team was much better, and it was apparent the Kittens weren’t going to score much. So the coach, recognizing Debbie’s passion, put her in the goal—her first time ever.
She was ferocious. Leaping high to make saves. Diving down, risking fingers and head. Fighting for the ball. One stop. Another. People came from surrounding soccer fields to watch this tiny tornado.
The final score? 4-0. She made 25 stops.
Oh, that I would always live with such reckless abandon. Such wholehearted passion. Such fiery spirit.
It’s what God calls us to. I believe it’s to be the norm, not the exception:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)
That’s everything. Nothing held back. No settling. Love and live with a whole heart!
Debbie believed she could make a difference—and she did.
I believe I can make a difference for the Kingdom of God. And I will.
If a 7-year-old can risk her hands and head to save goals, certainly I can risk everything—even my life—to save souls.
c2011 Judy Douglass
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