We all face trials everyday every week. Whether you are stressed with work, health, diagnosis, injury, treatments, anxiousness or just normal pressures of the world you were not created to handle it alone. I confessed to the PAX that my default everyday is to handle it all whatever it is. We often take on burdens that we were not created to carry or handle solo.
I encouraged the PAX that whatever fear, anxiety, or stress you are carrying to “lay it down.” The vehicle of F3 is the workout (1stF). It gathers us together, keeps us in shape, gets our blood pumping, and keeps us sharp physically. However this is just the starting point. We are to carry each others burdens, listen, pray for, and encourage each other in ALL of life. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! And if you feel that you are please reach out to any of your brothers in the gloom and I assure you will be met with encouragement, prayer, and someone who is ready to listen. This often is all we need but as men we don’t want to show our cards. We think it shows weakness when we confess our struggles and are guilty of not reaching out when we need it the most.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11: 28-30
What great hope we have that the one who has conquered our sin is ready to listen and carry our burdens daily!
Thanks for the opportunity to lead. I always get more out of it than I put in.
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1 Peter 4:9-11
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”
“Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.”
“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
We celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (February 12), and we should. Lincoln was one of the few great men who really was great. Before he became president, Lincoln spent twenty years as an unsuccessful Illinois lawyer — at least he was unsuccessful in financial terms. But when you measure the good he did, he was very rich indeed. Legends are often untrue, but Lincoln was the real thing. George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree, but Abraham Lincoln was honest. During his years as a lawyer, there were hundreds of documented examples of his honesty and decency.
For example, Lincoln didn’t like to charge people much who were as poor as he was. Once a man sent him twenty-five dollars, but Lincoln sent him back ten of it, saying he was being too generous.
He was known at times to convince his clients to settle their issue out of court, saving them a lot of money, and earning himself nothing.
An old woman in dire poverty, the widow of a Revolutionary soldier, was charged $200 for getting her $400 pension. Lincoln sued the pension agent and won the case for the old woman. He didn’t charge her for his services and, in fact, paid her hotel bill and gave her money to buy a ticket home!
He and his associate once prevented a con man from gaining possession of a tract of land owned by a mentally ill girl. The case took fifteen minutes. Lincoln’s associate came to divide up their fee, but Lincoln reprimanded him. His associate argued that the girl’s brother had agreed on the fee ahead of time, and he was completely satisfied.
“That may be,” said Lincoln, “but I am not satisfied. That money comes out of the pocket of a poor, demented girl; and I would rather starve than swindle her in this manner. You return half the money at least, or I’ll not take a cent of it as my share.”
He was a fool, perhaps, by certain standards. He didn’t have much, and it was his own fault. But he was a good human being by anyone’s standards and I’m glad we celebrate his birthday.
Honesty makes you feel good about yourself and creates trust in others. It improves your relationship with yourself and with others. It’s not much in fashion these days to talk about the benefits of honesty and decency, but the benefits are there and they are valuable and worth the trouble.
Lincoln didn’t talk much about religion, even with his best friends, and he didn’t belong to any church. But he once confided to a friend that his religious code was the same as an old man he knew in Indiana, who said, “When I do good, I feel good, and when I do bad, I feel bad, and that’s my religion.”
Honesty. It may be corny, but it’s the finest force for good in the world, and it always will be.
Do some honest good in the world.