Courage, like character, is caught through contact. It is learned through leadership that models, encourages and expects it from others. Heroes matter. We live in a world increasingly falling to fear. As Christians, that ought not be. Perfect love casts out all fear. When we live in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, there is nothing to fear, except as FDR once said, “fear itself.” Fearing fear is not an option for us as Christians.
Fear wreaks havoc in our lives; God created us to live with faith in Him, not fear of the future. Fear actually creates damage in our brains…in our bodies. There are legitimate things to fear…but we are not to fear the fear! We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us! We are to live in victorious faith that delivers health.
Sharing the testimonies of victory in Christ is one way to glorify God and encourage one another.
What testimonies encourage you? What is YOUR testimony that needs to be told?
Christ, of course, is the greatest hero of all time. Even He looked up to another. Christ never did anything outside of the will of the Father. Following the Father’s will takes a lot of courage. It called Christ to leave the perfect paradise of heaven to be born in a barn–and be rejected by the very people He came to rescue. Heroes don’t do things for applause–they do them because it is who they are.
Too many of our earthly heroes perform for praise; how sad for them. The praise of people is unstable. Popularity waxes and wanes…and eventually death deafens the praise anyway. Performers are not heroes who help us live better. We need more than that.
Examples of courage abound…in and out of the realm of Christianity. Every person is made in the image of God…and that image is glorious. Many who never profess Christ as their hero live with character and courage. As Christians, we owe every courageous person a debt of gratitude because their example is of great value to those of us seeking to live for Christ. Cowards cannot do the work of the King.
In the coming weeks, I will be sharing stories of the victories of faith…stories to inspire courage. I invite you to share yours as well. You can share in writing, or we can set up a time for an interview. Let’s work together to give glory to God by giving the good reports that we need as we walk through this world!
Growing up spiritually does not just ‘happen.’ The Apostle Paul said we must ‘work out what God has put in us.’ When I accepted Christ as Lord–as opposed to a ticket out of hell–I had trouble finding folks who could articulate the Way to do that. They told me ‘read the Bible,’ ‘do this’ and ‘do that.’ They were not wrong, but I needed more. Living the ‘Cross-Life’ involves changing habits and attitudes.
I would have loved a Cross-Life Coach to move me forward in my journey in those early days. And that is why I now offer Cross-Life Coaching to those who feel the same way.
I believe with all my heart that JESUS is the answer to every problem we face in life. I also know that many good Christians struggle to figure out HOW He is the answer.
We get stuck on our own; we need more than words and insights. We need another person to come along side us. Church fellowships, friends who share our faith beliefs and pastors are valuable resources. Sometimes, though, those resources do not extend to the depth desired.
It is my personal joy to walk alongside many in the capacity of sister-in-Christ. Coaching is more deliberate and intensive. It establishes goals and digs deeply into the heart to enlarge the capacity for Christ-likeness. Coaching involves ‘homework’ and ‘heartwork.’ It is a labor intensive prospect.
WHY would I use Cross-life Coaching?
Cross-life Coaching is all about achieving potential…about being all that God created you to be. It is for the person who wants more from life! It is for the person who sees what they do with life as their thank-you gift to God!
Cross-Life Coaching is designed for all who:
- feel ‘stuck’ in a certain behavior pattern or situation.
- believe there is more to living the Christian life than they currently enjoy.
- want to identify and remove barriers to abundant living.
- seek clarity on expectations, goals and life purpose.
- long to live with their eyes focused on eternal impact.
WHAT kind of things will come up?
Cross-Life Coaching is personal. The life of faith is lived out individually but abundant living involves some common areas:
- Knowing God More
- Developing as His Disciple
- Healing from Hurts
- Giving God Glory by Sharing Your Hope
Give me a hope, M.G. Kafkas
It is an old saying:
‘Life is a gift from God. What we do with that life is our gift to Him.’
It is also said that ‘life happens while you are making other plans.’ I believe every life matters…every life reveals the very glory of the Maker. Within our families, we have tremendous treasures. Do we see those treasures? Do we celebrate them? My Christmas wish for you is exactly that: wherever you are, whomever you are with…may you see and savor their unique beauty!
With that thought, I offer you this little Family Heritage Booklet to help you see and share your own story. Perhaps it will inspire you to give it to others in the family and help them reveal the glories of God deposited in their lives too!
God is present in our every day. Too often we fail to see Him. We do not acknowledge Him or treasure His presence. Christmas is the perfect time to receive the gift of God…and give glory back to Him.
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