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We all know that a good coach who cares about their players will always be committed to helping a young man or woman learn a better way of playing the game. It might  be correcting a batting stance, or how to hold the football when running or how to grip the tennis racket. However, to improve you must cooperate with the coach’s instructions.

God started the whole process of life on the planet and created us to live in a way that would not only bring glory to himself but would also enable us to enjoy life as he intended it to be lived. The enemy got wind of this and ruined the whole deal. Every since, Jesus has been working to restore us to that original plan.

However, for us to see change in our life whether it is in relating to people, knowing the right direction to take, having the right perspective of who God is, or whatever needs to change in us, we must cooperate with God. This means among other things we must take the classes he tells us to enroll in. We would rather these classes be electives but they are part of the curriculum. Some of these classes are Pain, Darkness, Confusion, Frustration and Anger, and the Unexpected. If we seek to learn as we take these classes, we will begin to see change in our life. If we don’t cooperate with God, we probably will have to take the class over.

Colossians 2:6 and 3:1-10 show that we must focus on what is worthwhile and make the decision to get rid of the dark secrets and habits that have gotten us nowhere. Jesus is offering us freedom from the jails we have been locked in but we must cooperate with him.

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Why do we avoid everything that makes us uncomfortable, forces us to look at life from a much different perspective than we have always had, drives us deep into our soul and is painful to consider differences? It is only when we are seriously challenged like this that we learn the heart of God, have the veil pulled back a little more and understand the depths to which God loves us and others.

On every overseas trip my wife and I have had we have been forced to look at how to do life with God in different ways. We h

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. S...

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending. (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

ave been stretched to see how God speaks to people in different cultures often in different ways. It has made us think and has greatly enlarged our understanding of the essentials of the Christian life.

In order to do church and experience the life God wants us to have we must embrace the tough things that force us to not look at life like a straight line but as a line with many dashes in it that often curves and in some cases looks blank. God knows exactly what it takes for each of us to experience and enjoy his life, so let’s get out of the leather boy chair Christian lifestyle and experience God in ways we could never imagine. He’s really for us.

A further look: Jeremiah 33:3; Acts 8:1-8; and 1 Corinthians 13:12

Woke up this morning on our last weekend in Colorado hoping to find that the weather would smile and say something like “have a great weekend.” Well that lasted for 30 minutes and the wind woke up to about 30 mph from the north and will last through the day. I know its lame but we really did want to sit outside at Daz Bog and have one final coffee.

There are times when life is so spanking hard that you wonder if you are on the wrong planet. I know not sitting outside drinking coffee does not really qualify for “hard and difficult”, but each of us knows the absolute nightmare of getting up for another day of… It is easy to conclude after days, months or years of ongoing physical, mental or emotional tragedies that God is on a vacation or really does not care about what we are dealing with. This is the absolute goal of the enemy-he always blogs about how God is not who we really think he is or how he has described himself in the Bible.

But consider our bro, Paul who described a couple of incidents in his life of joyfully following Jesus in the middle of hard stuff. 2 Corinthians 1:8 and 9 and 12:9 and 10 sum it up and cause me to pause when I complain about wind or any discomfort. God always loves us and has our best interest in mind but this truth will be tested almost without interruption. Check out Jeremiah 29:11.

Paul concluded that all of this junk causes us to rely on God and not ourselves and that when we are at our weakest, God begins his supernatural “guess who’s really in control” act. We have to press through the challenges, difficulties, frustrations and disappointments to ever realize how much God is on our side.

Book of Challenges

Book of Challenges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)