For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV
I am 37 years old and for 19 years of my life, I lived in complete darkness. . I lived a totally lie that was nurtured by the falsehoods of the world that kept me from seeing the Word. When I finally woke up in 2014 I discovered the lie that had been placed in my central brainstem. Once I removed that lie I was left with the Word. The truth that hit me was the Love of my Father in Heaven. You see, I was an athlete and my one goal was to make millions in professional sports. This lie impregnated my spirit with a seed of addiction and formed a foundation of pride and as I advanced and excelled in sports throughout grade school, middle school and high school. I then landed a D1 scholarship and I fell in love with the sin and not the sinner. This addiction then spawned into the man that lived in the dark. My addiction was competition and my fix was the fame and glory that accompanied it. I was willing to do whatever was needed to continue to feed that need when I didn’t ultimately realize my goal of making millions. This seed led me to find glory any and everywhere I could. This competitive addiction lead me to personal training. I took extensive classes in psychology, biology, exercise physiology and anatomy to be the best and make myself stand out among the others.
After waking up. I realized that my hedonistic adaptation to glory had grown so strong that it had become the central theme to everything I enlisted and the reason pride had become the foundation of my life. God knew that it would eventually lead to my fall and that I would fall right where he wanted me to. He wanted me to gain all that knowledge to later show me how to use it as He intended for His glory. He knew that when it was time, He would allow me to wake up to answer the call. During that time however, I lived up (or down depending how you look at) to the stereotype of athletes not being educated and had pride as my foundation. I just concentrated on being and athlete and putting on a show.
Training is my ministry, not my mission. Being able to teach others about health and wellness is worth more than the natural benefit but of the spiritual benefit. Many in my field will talk about how they train the trinity, which consists of the Mind, Body and Soul. Most fall short by typically only training the mind and the body and then not knowingly imprisoning the soul through yoga or some other form of ungodly meditation. 1 Timothy 4:8 tells us that exercise is good but it profits little, but godliness is profitable unto all things. Timothy 4 also talks about the lies being spoken through hypocrisy,. It also speaks of the consuming of meat that is not done in thanksgiving. However the most important part and the thing that fuels what I do, is that the Spirit speaketh evidently, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, and shall give heed unto spirits of error, and doctrines of devils”. If you take out the p and rearrange personal in personal training it mirrors the word season, so I train individuals to be healthy in preparation for the season when God will call you to fight the battles He needs you to fight. The mind, body and soul have to be in healthy union with one another in order to be able to receive the spirit when it chooses you in that season. The reason why He chose you we may never understand. Oftentimes the world traps us into falsehoods by thinking we are getting ready to do battle and we are not prepared. In order to be properly trained for battle, there needs to be a healthy union of the body and soul. For example, if a war broke out today and I jumped in a robot with no arms or legs I would not be very effective in battle. The soul is an important part of the robot and if not properly trained, it will be useless in battle no matter how well developed the arms and legs (the physical) part) are. The union of these two things are important.
This is why I train, and I believe this is why He allowed me to fall and crash then to built me up to be ready for the fight so that I can teach others to the same. This is my story and "The Other Side of Fitness."
Mike Sickles, the author of this blog post is a fitness trainer with a passion for helping people achieve their goal in the areas of mind, body and soul.
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him - Psalm 127:3 NLT
Many of you may know that from reading my previous blog posts, I have 2 sons. What you may not know is that I have a daughter from a previous marriage. She is a college graduate that lives in another state. Because of the divorce and the fact that she moved away with her mother to another state within a few years after the divorce, I was unable to see her grow up. I was not there to comfort her when she skinned her knee. I was not there to see her go to the prom, I was not there to help teach her how to drive. I share part of the blame for being absent from some of these important events in her life. I will never be able to get that time back. I had a great conversation with her in which she shared a number of things that are currently going on in her life. After hanging up the phone, I realized that even though I was not there for some of the important events that took place earlier in her life, I can be there now. It's amazing that even though distance and years may have separated us, I still see some of me in her. She has that same restless spirit that I possess. When she tells me about her dreams and aspirations, I can only smile because I have been there. I know exactly how she is feeling because I felt the same way. God is giving me another chance to enjoy the gift that he gave me in the way of children. It's amazing how God will use the most innocent of ways to bring people together for a way to have a positive impact and bring glory to Him. My daughter realized from a Twitter notification that I was associated with this resource and she was amazed by it. The reason for this was because I had talked about doing something along these lines for quite some time, and with God's grace, have begun to embark on this journey. Starting this resource has had a profound impact on her and given her the motivation to seek avenues to realize her dream. As you can see in the image above, I have 3 gifts displayed. Each of my children are a gift and a reward from God and they are to be treated as such.
Men, do you, like me, have relationships with your child/ children that need to be repaired? If so, it's not too late to start the process. It can began with a letter, phone call, text, Snapchat or Instagram (how's that for using social media tools for a guy from another generation!). Whatever it takes to start a meaningful dialogue, you need to do it. As I stated, it's a process. You will not be able to retrieve all of the years back overnight. Please don't make that mistake. However, you can start building the foundation for a new relationship today. The key is to not to be weighed down by the mistakes that you may have made in the past and commit to moving forward. As it is stated in Lamentation 3: 23, "Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." That should form the basis of the start of your new relationship. The benefits in resolving to repair a fractured relationship far outweigh the fear of failure. I can personally attest to this. It will take some work, but I am willing and able to began to enjoy the benefits of the gifts that God has provided me.
ACTION PLAN: Identify a relationship (preferably with your children) that you need to work on. Resolve to begin the process to start the healing. It can begin innocently enough with an apology or forgiveness if that's the case.
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For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts - Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
2004 was a pretty tough year for my family. In June of that year, we lost our Nana, the matriarch of our family. We had her funeral and buried her without the presence of my mother, who was in the hospital fighting for her life. Her body was ravaged by an infection. She was already considerably weakened by the cardiac arrest that she had suffered 2 years prior. In August, Mama passed away. She could no longer effectively fight the infection that had attacked her body. After her funeral, we figured that enough tragedy had visited our family and we needed time to pull our lives back together. I was sitting at my desk at work in September when I received a telephone call informing me that my father in law had just been killed in a farming accident. What made this even more difficult was the fact that my wife did not know and I had to drive to her work to communicate this to her. With all of this happening to us within a 4 month period of time, the overriding question in all of our minds was Why? Why did this happen to us? My mother and grandmother were the sweetest, most giving people that you would ever meet. My father in law would give you the shirt off of his back. He and my mother in law were just starting to enjoy retirement when he was taken away. At this time in my life, I could not figure out why were these things happening.
Like Einstein's theory of relativity, life is difficult to explain. There are things that happen in your life and you are at a loss for words to come up with a rational explanation. You start to wonder where is God during these times. Where is God when someone that's a believer experiences a financial setback, divorce or receives a serious medical diagnosis? What are the reasons for a Christian get passed over for a promotion when he or she is deserving? Why do these things happen? Is God not listening to our prayers or paying attention? I have asked myself this question on more than one occasion in an effort to "figure these things out." The answer that was provided to me is found in the above referenced scripture.
God's ways are not our ways. I prayed for clarity in what this actually meant. As I dug deeper in this scripture, I began to realize that man's thoughts are finite and limited. God's thoughts on the other hand have no boundaries. I also discovered that I made a mistake in making a comparison of my train of thought to that of an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God. His ways are far different than my ways. My ways, because of my carnal nature are crooked at best, whereas God's ways are straight. This type of thinking creates a gulf between us and God. In retrospect, I am glad His ways are not our ways, because if it was so, we would all be condemned of sin and would not experience God's grace. Learning about the goodness of God's ways does not lessen the pain of the trials and tribulations that we may experience, but at least gives one an understanding of the grace that we have because of God and His ways. I don't think that I will ever fully understand, nor be able to solve the problems that life throws my way, but at least my level of acceptance has been increased by the study of scripture and communicating with experienced pastors and elders on a regular basis. This course of action is the one that I have used and it works for me.
There may be another path that you will have to take to began to understand the fact that you will never be to fully explain or understand God's ways or rationalize the things that happen to you or your love ones. Whatever it is, I encourage you to start.
ACTION PLAN: Ask God for the guidance that only He can provide to equip you with the wisdom and peace needed to begin to understand the benefit of His ways versus our own.
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But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble - James 4:6 NIV
I work in a commissioned sales environment. That means that I don't earn income until a transaction closes. It also means that I have variable income. There are times where I will string together several months of above average production. There are also times that I will experience months where sales are average at best. My wife works in the same field, but her compensation is salaried in addition to overtime. She works extremely hard and has, at times, carried the family from an income perspective. It took a period of time for me to swallow my pride and admit this fact. There were times where I did not want to reconcile myself to the realization that I needed her help as a I built my clientele in a commissioned environment. This flew in the face of what I thought a man should be. A real man does not have to ask for help. As a man, I "got" this! Doesn't Hollywood glamorize the image of the self made man? We respect the man that has picked himself up by his bootstraps and did it his way. To ask for help was a sign of weakness. We were taught to stay away from the man that exposed his vulnerable side. It a man admitted that he needed help, we tried to avoid him at all costs. He was branded as a weakling and dismissed as a poor excuse of a man. I have seen in my own family where one of the spouses get sick and the other spouse has to step and perform some of the duties that the former used to do without a second thought. The love that I saw exhibited between the two as one spouse shouldered the loan would sometimes bring me to tears when I reflected back on it. I have a friend that I hadn't spoken to in quite some time and I reconnected with him recently. I found out that he will need back surgery and had been off of work for a month. As a matter of fact as I was talking to him, he informed me that his wife was driving him to pick up books for him to read while waiting for his surgery. The inflection in his voice let me know that he had accepted his wife's help with a grateful and humble heart. This was not surprising since this brother is well grounded in his faith and knows about God's grace. Men, asking for and receiving help is not a sign of weakness. In fact, I would argue that a man that humbles himself and admits his shortcomings possesses an enormous reservoir of strength. There are far too many men suffering in silence from items such as alcoholism, addiction to controlled substances or pornography because they want swallow their pride and reach out for help.
How many of us are willing to forego out prideful attitude and humble ourselves to not only ask for help, but be willing to receive it? In today's scripture, James talks about how proud men resist God and his laws and precepts. James goes on to say that the proud will even resist God's grace because they are independent in their thinking. Contrast this to how God views the humble. He gives those individuals even more grace because in their humble state, they realized that they need help. They cannot do it alone because the things of this world are far to difficult to overcome by themselves. The humble will make in a point to seek help, especially when it comes to their faith walk, in an effort to improve their ability to worship Christ. Admitting that you don't have all the answers and be willing to humble yourself is the first step to changing your life for the better. Are you willing to take that first step?
ACTION PLAN: Take that first step to swallow your pride and humble yourself. Pray before God and ask Him for help in overcoming whatever it is that's a barrier that is keeping you from worshipping Him.
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You can't keep your true self hidden forever; before long you'll be exposed. You can't hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known - Luke 12:2 MSG
My wife has a mirror like the one above in our master bathroom. One day, after I shaved, I decided to take a look at my reflection in it. The first magnification level was normal. I then noticed that there was a mirror on the other side. I flipped it over and look at my reflection and jumped back. The reason for my alarm was that this side of the mirror had increased magnification and revealed all of my imperfections. I saw where I had missed some spots while shaving in addition to noticing pimples, gray hairs and other blemishes. I immediately decided to flip the mirror back to the normal magnification and felt more comfortable with the image that stared back at me.
Men, how often has this happened in our life? What happens when we decide to take a chance and honestly examine the way that we are living and don't like what we see? Do we decide to flip to the normal magnification side of the mirror because we are more comfortable with that image? Is this the image that we take to work, the image that our spouses and significant others see? Is this the image that we present to our children? If so, this is what I call the "normal magnification" side of men. I have been guilty of this and will still engage in this behavior from time to time. I'm not immune to it either. It takes a special person to go to the "other side" of the mirror. This person has been through the fire and is secure in who they are. They go to the other side of the mirror and embrace the image that's reflecting back at them because they realize that they are saved by grace. This person can look at themselves on the other side of the mirror and will, as the apostle Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "boast more gladly about my weaknesses, so Christ's power may rest upon me." Once you make a commitment to go to the other side of the mirror, your life changes. Your authentic true self emerges and everyone around you benefits because you are now operating the way God designed you.
As the scripture above states, you can't hide your true self forever. The face that we present to others can only fool people for so long before the truth comes to light. Jesus was using this scripture to teach the disciples not to be like the Pharisees and be contaminated by their ways of hypocrisy. This should serve as a warning to me and you to live out our lives the way God designed us and accept that person on the other side of the mirror.
ACTION PLAN: Commit to loving that person on the other side of the mirror and recognizing that's your true self. The start of this process requires brutal honesty on your part about coming to grips with who you are and accepting God's gift of grace and sharing it with others.
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When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things - 1 Corinthians 13:11
The 80's was an awesome decade! That was the time of college for me (yes, I'm that old) along with high top fades, great music and fashion that might come back in style one day (where is my gold chain, members only jacket and parachute pants)? As much as I enjoyed the 80's, I can't continue to live in the past. The things that you did back then may not necessarily serve you well in the 2000's. I was talking with a close friend of mine today (we have great conversations and may do a podcast one day) and we were discussing how things have changed since we were in college together. One of the refreshing things about our conversation was that while we reminisced about our time at college, we spoke about and embraced the challenges and opportunities around us now. We were not fixated on the past. We realized that we needed to view the world through new lenses.
How many of us men are still stuck in neutral, or worse yet, reverse? Why is it difficult to let go on the habits and behaviors that we exhibited in the past? While those ways may have worked for us in the past, we need to, as the above scripture states, put away those juvenile habits that limit us. Malcolm Goldsmith, wrote a book titled, "What Got You Here, Won't Get You There." In it, he describes how successful people become even more successful by identifying and eliminating distracting and annoying habits that they may have been practicing on a subconscious level. In other words, the successful people realized that while they may have been operating at high level, the habits that got them to that point are no longer effective to get them to the next level. For you sports fans, think about the number of times teams come with a new offense or defense that catches opposing teams off guard. It represents the "new and innovative" way to do things. After a few times of facing the team that introduced a new wrinkle, the opposing team makes adjustments and learns to defend the new formation. If you don't change or adopt a new plan of attack, you will most certainly fail. This is the same concept that's prevalent when working out. If you don't change your workout regimen, your body will adapt to your current workout and eventually you plateau and stop experiencing strength or muscle gains. You have to make changes. in order to experience positive change.
Paul uses the example of the progression of growth that occurs when a child becomes a man to explain how one should grow in his faith. The things that you deemed important as a child no longer carry the same level of importance as a man. A child tends have a short sighted view of the world around him in addition to possessing childish reasoning and rationale. Compare that to the thought process of an adult male that has learned from experience and become more mature in his faith walk. That is why Paul strongly encouraged people to put away those things that a child does and adopt the behaviors hopefully present in an adult male.
ACTION PLAN: Identify those negative habits that you are holding on to that prevents you from living life more effectively. Resolve today to address those and adopt a new view.
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You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot - Matthew 5:13
I grew up in one of the larger cities in the state of South Carolina. However, when I went to visit my mother's side of the family, I was exposed to a more rural lifestyle. One of my earliest memories of my visits to the maternal side of the family was the small shack that my grandfather used to store country hams. I remember going into that shack and seeing country hams hanging in burlap bags from the cross beams. The thing that I most remembered is the overpowering smell that my grandfather identified as salt. I asked him why did he use salt on the country hams. He explained to me that salt preserved the meat and kept it from spoiling until it was ready to be eaten. Having the ham cured by the salt gave them plenty of meat to last until the spring. He said that when he cured country ham with salt, he never worried about his meat ever spoiling.
The scripture above came from Jesus' beloved Sermon on the Mount. Some scholars feel that this was the source of Jesus' greatest teachings and represents a guide on how we should live. In it Jesus referenced the preservative quality of salt and compared it to how we should interact with others that we come in contact with. Salt, in order for it work, must come in contact with the substance to which it is added like the country ham my grandfather cured. To be even more effective, it must penetrate and infuse what it comes into contact with. For us to be effective in reaching others with the gospel, we must come into contact with them like salt. We cannot have a preservative effect by staying apart from the people that we want to influence. We have to be close to those we have a desire to have an impact on. More importantly, Jesus warns us about what happens to salt that loses its flavor. If the salt has lost its flavor and preservative qualities, then it is no longer good for anything and is deemed worthless and needs to be thrown out. Men, have we lost our flavor as the salt of the earth? Because of our actions, will we be deemed worthless and cast aside? Without having the flavor of salt, we cannot make an impact on the world. Without the flavor of salt, we cannot lead people to experience the power and joy that comes from knowing Jesus. Without the flavor of salt, we cannot model the behavior or serve as an example of a sinner that is saved by grace. Men, do not, I repeat do not, lose your flavor or your saltiness. You are not worthless, you are not good for nothing. Will God's unmerited grace, you will not be trampled underfoot or thrown out.
ACTION PLAN: Realize that in order to have the same preservative effect as salt, we have to be close to the ones that we would like to impact. That means meeting people where they are. Like the salt in the country ham that hung in grandfather's shack, we have to mingle with others to preserve. Who in our circle of influence are we called to be the salt of the earth for? Identify that person and start the curing process
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A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. as I have loved you, so you must love one another - John 13:34
I have 2 sons, ages 12 and 14 (in about 2 weeks), and it's amazing to what the dynamics at work in their relationship. There are times that they can be each others best friend, and then they are times where they will wish the other has not been born. I see these dynamics at work in both my personal and professional life. How many times do we determine the value of a relationship by the benefit that it can bring us? Once the individual we are interacting with has no value that lines up with advancing our agenda, we tend to move on. I have been guilty of this on more than one occasion. The sad thing about it is that as a Christian, I am in a great position to have a positive impact on those individuals, but I dropped the ball with my behavior. As a result, I live up (or down for that matter) to the expectations that they have about me as a Christian.
I have seen this at work watching children play and it parallels adult behavior. Please let me explain. One kid may have a toy that no one wants and laughs at them about having it since it's not the "cool" toy like everyone else has. The parallel in the adult world is the Christian that's ostracized in the work place for his beliefs and everyone laughing about his faith and not participating in the "cool" activities with them. The kid with the weird toy is now left alone to play in the sandbox. On the surface, it looks like a bad thing. However, if the kid is secure in who he is, he will start to play with the toy in the sandbox and thoroughly start to enjoy himself like the adult that's secure in his faith. At some point, the kids with the "cool" toys start to look at the kid in the sandbox and wonder why is this kid having fun with the weird toy? They are thinking that their toys are better because the world has said so, but they are no longer as fun. Eventually they make their way over to the sandbox to observe the kid with the toy that's not cool. At some point, they gain enough courage to ask, can I play? This is where we as Christians sometimes stumble. Instead of doing as Jesus stated in the above referenced scripture, we sometimes (from a position of hurt and anger) tell them to get out of the sandbox instead of welcoming them in. I know it's not easy, but we need to show love, put aside our feelings and invite them in the sandbox and play. This is where we show the world the difference that comes from living as Christians.
To love is not a new command, but to love sacrificially as Christ did is the new command. Prior to this, the standard was to love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). Loving one another as Christ loves us is the start of making change for the better in our communities and sphere of influence. It starts with one man.
ACTION PLAN: When others ridicule you for your faith and beliefs, resist the temptation to lash out and invite them into your sandbox to play once your actions compel to investigate your toy further.
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Keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes - Proverbs 6:24-25 (NIV)
I go to the gym and work out on a regular basis. It's amazing the sights that you see when are in there working out. You see women wearing "workout" gear that leave very little to the imagination. I will admit that's it very tempting to look more than once. I have learned however that repeated looks can lead to lust, which leads to other things. This seemingly innocent behavior and its consequences is referenced in scripture. "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" - Matthew 5:28 (NIV). I know that there are those of you out there that subscribe to the theory that "it doesn't hurt to look". However, that's where it all starts. It then spreads from your eyes to your heart. The lustful desire in one's heart can then lead to the sinful act.
Unfortunately with the advent of social media, there are even more opportunities for wandering eyes to find willing participants to engage in lustful destructive behavior. I have heard of numerous examples of how surfing the various social media websites led to actions that destroyed marriages and families. I recently spoke with a client that was married for over 20 years before his wife succumbed to the lure of social media and spent money living out her fantasies with other men. As a result, both he and his wife had to declare bankruptcy and eventually lost their home. It took years before he was finally able to get his financial house in order. It is impossible to engage in this sin without suffering the consequences.
How are we men able to avoid the situations that may lead to destructive, lustful behavior? For some men, we have to resort to drastic measures in order to remove the temptations that will cause us to stray. I have a good friend that refuses to join the Facebook community because he is afraid of what could potentially happen if some of the women from his college days were to engage him while he is travelling on business. I have heard of another story of a man that calls ahead to the hotel that he will be staying at while on business and has the management to remove the television out of the room that so that he won't be tempted to purchase the available adult on demand movies. While it may appear to some that this is a little over the top, I applaud this gentlemen for taking the required steps to do whatever is necessary to refrain from those things that can cause them to sin. We need more men like this that believe strongly in the preservation of God ordered relationships at all costs. Are you willing to go the extra mile to implement safeguards against lustful behavior?
ACTION PLAN: Identify those things that trigger lustful behaviors and attempt to isolate them by doing things cause you to focus on more healthy behaviors. Some of these include: speaking to an accountability partner, prayer and reading of scripture, or removing the item/items that give rise to lustful thoughts or actions.
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For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink saith he to thee, but his heart is not with thee - Proverbs 23:7 KJV
We just returned from the AAU Club championships in Orlando Florida. Aside from it being hot and humid, we had a great time. It was wonderful to see the athletes there competing to the best of their abilities. Both of my sons competed as well and it was awesome to see the areas that they needed to improve in to become better. On Friday, my youngest competed in the turbo javelin. This event was his best chance to medal since he had finished second in the region the previous week. After he completed his first throw, I knew that it was going to be a challenge for him to medal because of his body language. His mindset was not where it needed to be. As a result, he finished 9th. This was not where he wanted to be, but still an impressive showing. What happened to him at this competition is a common occurrence with us men; His thoughts sabotaged his performance. He had the talent and ability to finish in the top 5, but his thought process eliminated any chance of that happening. How often has this happened to us? We possess the ability to accomplish great things and make a positive change in our circle of influence, but fall victim to faulty thinking.
James Allen, who wrote the book, As A Man Thinketh (I highly recommend that you read this, it's available online) addresses this in the foreword. It's as follows:
This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that they themselves are makers of themselves by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.
Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, also addressed this in the book of Proverbs as noted in the scripture above. The amount of control that a man has over his thoughts will influence his actions, whether good or bad. I have seen evidence of this in my life in regard to my relationship with my family and in my professional life. I have to constantly monitor and filter my thoughts. Unfortunately, when I try to do it under my own power, I ultimately fail. It's only when I solicit the power of Christ through prayer and study of the Bible, am I able to effectively monitor and channel my thoughts in a positive fashion. I will admit that this is an everyday challenge and something that I constantly struggle with.
ACTION PLAN: Equip yourself to think more effectively by tapping into the Christ power that is available to us all by regular study of His word. In addition, reach out to other men that have exhibited positive thinking on a consistent basis to determine the things that they are doing in their life.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.