Thursday Quote Day: Curtis Strange

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from golfer Curtis Strange:

“That’s the best thing, to get back in the fight, to suck it up and fight it. I didn’t win. But I can win and I will win again. That takes toughness.” (Curtis Strange)

Sunday Devotional: 2 Timothy 2:8-10

“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,  for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!  Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:8-10)

Paul knew where his hope came from.  His hope came from the Lord.  Even when he was suffering in prison, Paul could rejoice knowing that ultimately his hope came from Jesus.  That helped him to endure through all the pain and suffering and tough times.

When we are going through tough times or when we’re having to wait, we just need to remember Jesus and what He has done for us.  He has given us new life and salvation.  He has given us hope to persevere and endure.  So this week let us cling to that hope.  Let us endure for His sake.

Sunday Devotional: “When The Morning Comes”

“1 Trials dark on ev’ry hand,
and we cannot understand
All the ways that God would lead us
to that blessed Promised Land;
But He’ll guide us with His eye,
and we’ll follow till we die;
We will understand it better by and by.

By and by, when the morning comes,
When the saints of God are gathered home,
We will tell the story how we’ve overcome;
We will understand it better by and by.

2 Oft our cherished plans have failed,
disappointments have prevailed,
And we’ve wandered in the darkness,
heavyhearted and alone;
But we’re trusting in the Lord,
and according to His Word,
We will understand it better by and by. [Chorus]

3 Temptations, hidden snares
often take us unawares.
And our hearts are made to bleed
for some thoughtless word or deed.
And we wonder why the test
when we try to do our best,
We will understand it better by and by. [Chorus]” (“When The Morning Comes”)

As I was thinking about what to share for this devotional, the last of 2015, I thought about this hymn.  I sung it in church this morning.  Given the last couple of years and the struggles I’ve went through I was reminded of the words of this song.  Anytime we go through loss and pain, we struggle with why we go through these events.  And sometimes we don’t understand why we go through it.  But the good thing is that we serve and follow the one who has all the answers.  The one who knows what we’re going through.  The one who loves us and cares for us, Jesus.

So whether this year has been a great year or whether it has been a tough year, remember that God is faithful and He loves you and someday we will understand why we have went through those tough times.

Thursday Quote Day: Jay Bilas

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from college basketball analyst Jay Bilas:

“Toughness has no relationship to how nice a person is. There is no reason you can’t be exceedingly nice and incredibly tough at the same time. Those two traits are not mutually exclusive.” (Jay Bilas Toughness)

Thursday Quote Day: Jay Bilas

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day”, here is a quote from college basketball analyst Jay Bilas:

“Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Failing makes you a competitor. Every competitor fails. If you lay it on the line, you will come up short at times. Failure is a part of competing, and embracing that fact is an important component of toughness. Tough people fail, but tough people are not failures. The only failures are those who give up, or give in.” (Jay Bilas Toughness)