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We Must Become Less

John 3:  30 He must become greater; I must become less. I have to admit that there was something oddly entertaining about a Muhammed Ali who continually stated that he was “the greatest”, or a Shaquille O’Neal saying: “Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect”[i].  However, what I […]

A Humble Walk

Philippians 2: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Mike Trout, center fielder for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels, is a six time All-Star and two-time MVP of the American League.  As one of the greatest players in baseball, he has every reason to walk around […]

Let Others Praise You

Proverbs 27:2  Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips. Jim Collins, and his extensive research team, published the bestseller Good to Great, a study of how good companies make the leap to greatness.  This is a must read for anyone intending to be a leader.  […]

Follow the One with the Limp

Genesis 32: 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. Walking the sidelines of basketball courts, soccer pitches, baseball dugouts and every other sport in the world, are many “successful” coaches.  They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and with many different personalities – some personable […]

Is it Really Humble?

1 Corinthians 15: 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. I read a quote attributed to Chad Johnson (former NFL All-Pro player): “I’m no saint.  I’m no angel.  I never proclaimed to be.”  Now in fairness I have no idea what the context was […]

The Power of Humility

Mark 10: 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In 2001, Jim Collins published the bestseller Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t.  This book moved beyond the traditional readership of business literature […]

A Gracious Loser

Philippians 2:   3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  Competitive athletes have a serious dilemma they have to work through.  Aside from physical advantages such as talent, size or strength, successful athletes […]

God’s Promotion vs Self Promotion

Proverbs 27   2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. We live in an age of self-promotion.  Social media of various types are used to enhance our image.  Many professional athletes even hire marketing firms to help create fame and to position themselves in the most marketable […]

Strength in Weakness

1 Corinthians 1: 27 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. Jesus really did turn the world upside down with his preaching.  I’m sure the listeners scratched their heads many times when Jesus spoke.  What did he mean that […]