Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Get Off The Mat!

When I was a kid I loved to watch Wrestling on Saturday nights. Without a doubt the one of the biggest stars of the 1970's wrestling circuit was the Von Erich family as seen above. They were great! I mean, fake great, but still 1970's polyester, disco, platform shoes, wrestling great! But apparently, things weren't so great for them as they wrestled with their own personal issues outside of the ring. It's really a tragic story about pursuing lies and then giving in. Really sad.

So spend a few minutes and wrestle with this...

  • Think about a time that you had to really struggle through something. Maybe it was a physical challenge or a personal or financial struggle. How did you make it through? Were you discouraged by negative thoughts or words? If so how did you push past the negative thoughts? Take a few minutes and write down what was successful for you.
  • When you are in a tough spot, who do you listen to? Do you listen to negative people? Overly positive people? Talk Show Oprah people? I guess what I'm getting at is who has your ear? Who do you let influence your choices, thoughts, and behaviors?
  • Have you considered letting the Bible be a guide for you as go through difficult times? Click on these verses to see how they might help you. Psalm 119:9-11, Proverbs 4:26, Galatians 6:1
  • What can you do this week to find a trusted voice to help you remember what is true about you or a situation from God's perspective?
Read about a guy from the Old Testament named Joseph. He's a guy that fell into trouble without really doing anything wrong. He was betrayed by his family, sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown into prison, forgotten about, and then ultimately restored. After you read his story, think about this...

  • Would Joseph's experience made you a better person or a bitter person? Why? How do you think he made it?
  • Do you think Joseph got discouraged? Why? How did he not let his discouragement overwhelm him?
  • Do you think Joseph found his significance in other's opinions or in God's? Why?
  • Would your life be better if you were more like Joseph? What can you begin to do to be more like Joseph?
Don't quit. Keep wrestling. Here's a good read if you like this topic.

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