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Marcus Luttrell Interview

Friday

August 9, 2013

Fri, Aug 09

Read

"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded"  2 Chronicles 15˸7

Think

We live in a culture that applauds non-commitment and quitting when life gets "uncomfortable". But the greatest events in history, the greatest accomplishments are all results of being fully committed. If our world had always been quick to quit, we wouldn’t have electricity, the telephone, airplanes or so many other inventions that make our life easier. These inventors made many failed attempts that they learned from before they achieved success. Thankfully, they didn’t quit.

Consider the freedom we have in this country. We stand on the shoulders of countless men and women who made a commitment to fight on our behalf to keep our country safe. Hearing the story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell is a powerful reminder of what can happen if we don’t quit. As he lay with his body broken, he found the strength to do whatever it took to survive. And as he put it, he had everything he needed to do that. God has given us what we need to persevere and continue. He comes alongside us to help us break through any barrier and discover true life. Perseverance will bring great joy. And when you do succeed, you will have an amazing story to encourage someone else!

Pray

Ask God to help you crash through the quitting points you face today.  It could be a commitment to a healthy lifestyle or it could be a commitment to your marriage.  He will give you what you need to persevere.

Act

If you are struggling with non-commitment, let someone know so they can encourage you to stay the course.  Mentally, draw a line in the sand, crawl to it and then draw another. Just keep moving, and discover not only what it takes to survive, but what it takes to thrive!

Thursday

August 8, 2013

Thu, Aug 08

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Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22˸37-39

Think

In speaking with people who have run marathons, you’ll hear them tell you about the point they "hit the wall". That point at about mile 19 when the body begins to rebel and refuses to go on. They’ll also tell you that there is a break through point, so push through the quitting point. It’s at that point you’ll notice lots of cheering people trying to help the runners push through. Some even have committed friends who will come alongside the runner and run the remainder of the marathon with them. This encouragement and fresh perspective is contagious and before you know it, you have gotten your second wind and you feel like you could sprint the last mile. 

Many times we can hit those walls in the marathon of life too. We need that encouragement of the cheering section and someone to come alongside us to help us push through the quitting point. In turn, we should remember that someone else may need the same commitment from us. It’s important that we be aware of the needs of our neighbors who might need us to come alongside and help them break through the quitting point.

Pray

Ask God to make you aware of someone who may need help breaking through a quitting point. If you have hit your own wall, ask God to bring someone alongside you to help you breakthrough.

Act

Be purposeful in encouraging someone today. It may be just what they need to help them break through.

Wednesday

August 7, 2013

Wed, Aug 07

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“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15˸13

Think

If we took a mental inventory of our friends, we would probably discover what a great group they are.  God did not create us to do life alone.  We need great friends in our lives.  And while our friends may be truly committed to the friendship, would any of them be committed to us enough to do what today's verse says - "...lay down one's life for one's friends."? 

That friend can be hard to find.  And let’s face it, that’s a lot to ask of a friend.  But there is one who already displayed this commitment. He stretched out His arms and allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross.  Jesus is that friend who laid down His life for us.  By doing so He became the sacrifice that covered all of our sin debt for all time.  There truly is no greater love, no greater commitment, no greater gift.  All He asks is that we reach out and accept that gift of love; accept that invitation of His friendship and commit to following Him.

Pray

If you have never accepted the ultimate gift of love from Jesus, just pray this prayer:  “Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner and that I have messed up from time to time. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that God raised Him from the dead. I choose and commit to follow You, Jesus, and I confess that You are my savior. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me. I love You. Amen.”

Act

If you have prayed to commit your life to Christ today, tell someone.

Tuesday

August 6, 2013

Tue, Aug 06

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"Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16˸3

Think

In today's culture, we live for the fast fix and fast buck.  Unfortunately, this way of doing business is notorious for a lack of commitment and real purpose.  While it's always great to have a quick success, we have to also be cautious of the quick burnout that can come with it.  There is much to be said for the success found when we truly commit to something with a purpose.   With a focused commitment and steadfast drive, we can find purpose in whatever we do - no matter what our vocation.  

Now, imagine what would happen if we truly committed what we do to the Lord.  When we truly understand we are working for God, our work place will become a worship place.  Our purpose will be clear and our resolve to remain committed will be made stronger.

Pray

Ask God to direct your work life for His purposes.  Ask Him to strengthen your commitment to Him so that your commitment to you vocation will be in line with His purposes.

Act

List 3 things in your work life that you need to commit to God today and commit your actions to Him.

Monday

August 5, 2013

Mon, Aug 05

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"Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it." Psalm 37˸5

Think

Commitment is pledging ourselves to a position, no matter what the cost. It is a powerful character quality that stands at the core of every other great character qualities in our lives. When we stay committed, we discover integrity and honor. We experience a reality that would otherwise be missing in our lives.

But there's something else about commitment; it swims against the current of our culture. Our society is committed to be non-commital. Too many people would rather quit something than commit.

To get the most out of life; to experience all that God has in store for us, commitment must be at the very core of who we are. Are you committed to where you are, to those around you, and to God who loves you?

Pray

Ask God for the ability, strength, and courage to stay committed in your life - to those around you and most of all to Him. Pray for your commitment to be an example to others around you.

Act

Write down the first of the "Big Three": Spiritual commitment. Use today to focus on your commitment to God.