“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ ”
Many of you have seen the Kendrick Brothers film Facing the Giants. A tale about a high school football coach who isn’t winning at home, on the field, and is facing termination at the end of the season. His team was the underdogs and the state of Georgia was dominated by Bobby Lee Dukes and his army of talent on the gridiron. Grant played by Alex Kendrick is a man who believed in God, but had not fully committed himself to God, and he and his wife had been trying for a child for year, but to no avail. Grant finally commits his life to Christ fully, and uses his faith as tool to unify his team, his life, and his marriage. His underdog team began to play in the name of Christ and there were major changes in his team’s performance on and off the film. They lived by the motto “We will praise him when we win, and when we lose” excuse me paraphrasing there, but that’s exactly what we need to do. When we commit out life to Jesus Christ its not just something we do in public its something we do all day everyday. As Grant’s team began to triumph it became abundantly clear that this change was not because of anything the team was doing extra, they always had the talent, they were not putting their faith in the Lord. With God all things are possible. You can have all the talent in the world, but without the love of Jesus Christ it means nothing. You can have the potential to do great things, but without Jesus you are minimizing your potential. Grant soon found that this was far too true of a statement. I don’t want to spoil the movie for those who have not seen it, but if you haven’t please go out and purchase it, its $.01 used and $11.99 new on Amazon.
God has a purpose for us all. It wasn’t until about a year ago did I realize God’s plan for me. I soon realized my call to become a chaplain, a nurturer of the soul. I really love the concept of this, and that I will be able to work with all walks of life. Before I really tried to establish my life with Christ life was good, but it has gotten so much better. I can’t promise you that upon you accepting Christ things will take a 180 at first, but in the long term I can promise you your life will change beyond belief. Even through my struggles I know He will get me through them. I am not afraid to admit before I fully committed to God I did not like everything about me, but I know my impurities and know He has forgiven them. Understand we are not all called to be the President, the best player in baseball, and sometimes true greatness is found in simplicity.
Josh Hamilton is a player who without a doubt has had his struggles off the field, but no one ever doubted that he was an amazing talent. His talent lead him to become the 1st overall selection by the Tampa Bay Rays. However, Hamilton had suffered injuries and developed a drug addiction. Even with his suspensions he never gave up. Sometime we are dealt with things only God can help us over come. Josh continued to try and try. He committed his life to God and was able to become clean. Even though he is still battling the temptations Josh was able to get his big chance and he didn’t look back. He started to blossom with with the Reds and was dealt to the Rangers where he lead his teams to repeat World Series appearances. He was named MVP, and since then has spent time with the Angels and is now back with the Rangers. To hear more of his story here is a link his I Am Second video, a wonderful too for evangelism, but also a forum for celebrities and athletes to share their faith. Josh Hamilton needed God to overcome his addictions, and through his relapse. He needed God in everyday life.
While we may not all have an addiction we all have things to overcome and the only way we do this is with God. With God all things are possible. When we are struggling praise him, when we are in triumph praise him, and when its just an average day praise him.