God Gold of the day
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57
If you’re looking for some Tuesday Motivation that will get you jacked enough to run through a wall, it’s not coffee, it’s EVEN BETTER!!! Super excited to share with you today a God Gold from my older brother, Justin! I literally sat here and read it, can’t put into words how needed this golden encouragement was to hear! To hear how moved Justin was about “hard work” when he is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever seen, that just added an extra shot of motivation to it!!! So I’m beyond pumped for you too to have your perspective boosted, your heart lifted, and your fire burning on this Tuesday!!! Buckle up your seat belts and enjoy!!!
“In wake of the tragedy I’m sure you have heard about this week, I would like to tell you a story I heard a few years back about Kobe. Whether you follow basketball or not, a lot can be applied through the work ethic on display. This story was told through Jason Williams, who was an up and coming star with the Bulls at that time. The Bulls had a game scheduled against Kobe and Shaq that night, both of whom had just won the NBA title the year before. The game was at 7 and Jason had always been known to outwork his opponents, but had extra motivation due to the big game against the Lakers. This was a huge opportunity for Jason to prove he belonged among the NBA’s greats. Jason got there early, around 3:00pm, and wanted to make sure he made 400 shots before he got ready for the game that night. When he got to the court, he saw Kobe Bryant down on the other end of the court working out in a dead sweat already. So, Jason proceeded to start working out and about an hour and a half later sat down as he was done with his work. He noticed Kobe was still going at it and wasn’t just going through the motions. Jason stated, “He was going through his moves at game speed”. He sat for another 25 minutes and watched from the other end of the court. Jason thought in his mind no way Kobe has anything left for the game. Well Kobe went on to score 40 points that night and led the Lakers to a victory over Jason’s Bulls. After the game Jason met up with Kobe as he still couldn’t believe what he had seen take place that day. Jason then goes up to him and says, “Hey Kobe, why were you in the gym for so long?” Kobe responded, “Because I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, I’m willing to work harder than you”.
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 says,
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
What if we dedicated our life to the prize stated in the verse above? What if we took the same motivation as Kobe took to be the best at his craft? Think about all the lives we could reach if we used this mentality every day. We are in the race right now and based on the events just a couple of days ago, that race could end at any time. Push yourself to do things a little different, even if it hurts or doesn’t feel as comfortable as your normal routine. Let’s not leave anyone behind and go the extra mile to take as many people with us as we can before our race ends.”
My buddy Dillon sent me this gold awhile back and dang! Just felt the urge to share this awesome message with you again!! THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth, and we will love with him forever. Until then, his Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us gives us hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship, and to avoid giving into temptation. This world is not all there is. The best is yet to come!
“5 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.”
1 Corinthians 3:5-9
I’m coming to you today with some big news for the God Gold. I have struggled all week trying to figure out how best to send you the God Gold while I am away on my honeymoon and through that God has opened up some really awesome doors. I’ve known for awhile now that sending out these messages everyday to what is now over 100 people by text, (PRAISE GOD!), and so many others through the blog and facebook page. I’ve known with marriage on the horizon that it would be extremely difficult to put in the same amount of work and time in sending you these messages. It’s tough. I know that I am coming into a season of life that I need and want to be my very best for my wife Sarah, to serve her and give her the most of my time. And what’s hard is realizing I can’t keep doing things the way I’ve always done them.
The hardest part about this is simply CHANGE. Change is scary and filled with doubt in any situation and this one is no different. My biggest fear is that you won’t be able to get these daily devotion messages for encouragement and Gold from God’s Word everyday. When I started sending these messages out it was simply because God’s Word and His presence in my life completely changed my life. I was just so excited to share all that God has to offer with others because if He could impact my life in this way, it’s cool to think of what He can do in other’s lives too. So I kept hitting send, with no purpose in mind but to share the awesome things I was learning with the hope that Gold from God in my life could be God Gold in your life.
The hardest battle with this change has been my pride and my stubbornness to want to do things the way I’ve always done them. I kept battling the idea that if I wasn’t sending out personal text messages and typing the God Gold myself then I feared for you getting fed the way you deserved. But then throughout this week, God opened up a huge answer to all my fear! After talking to one of my best friends Dillon who has been one of the most faithful brothers I could have ever asked for. I was discussing all this with him and asking if he would mind sending out the God Gold next week while I’m away? At first I was going to pre-plan all the messages but after talking to him, and seeing my PRIDE getting in the way. I realized that “who is Jordan?” I’m no different from my buddy Dillon, we are both believers in the Good News of Jesus Christ and we both work for the Lord. Then it hit me so hard reading these verses that, these messages, this work for the Lord is not about me. No matter who is planting the seed, no matter who is watering, it is ALWAYS God that makes the seed grow! As much as I want to plant, water, and make that seed grow in your lives, I’ve realized that it’s not up to me and it’s not about me.
So in that conversation with Dillon, it was decided that himself and his awesome wife, Olivia will be writing and sending out the God Gold next week! Two of the most faithful people I have ever met and I can’t wait for you to hear the Gold God has to write through them!!! Such a huge revelation for my life and the God Gold was realizing that myself, Dillon, Olivia, and so many others, we are all workers working towards the same purpose! And what’s even better is after facing the facts that I couldn’t do this all on my own anymore, my pride was standing in the way of asking for help and giving up control but now I see the awesome stuff God was working together! To bring faithful friends He has placed by my side to help me in this work and to continue opening up the God Gold to you, the community of believers that have such a great impact on my life! This isn’t about me, it’s about you and thank God for getting me out of the way to not just serve you in a different way but to serve you in a better way! With many more hearts and minds working on this mission of bringing you the God Gold of the Day! The more workers, it seems like everything is multiplied! Now I can rest easy knowing God has made a way for me to still send you these messages of encouragement daily, I can focus more time and energy in loving and serving Sarah in the way God has called me to! And instead of this God Gold thing just being me, IT’S EVERYONE’S!!!
This is a God Gold that has changed my life and I can’t wait to see how God uses it to change yours! You are in for such a special treat receiving messages from Dillon and Olivia!!! More changes are to come and praying God will continue to open up the Gold to more and more so we can all hear new perspectives, what God has done in other’s lives and new hearts dedicated to serving Him!
Planting, watering, harvesting, it’s all in God’s awesome hands and I’m just thankful to be apart of it! Stay tuned for details on the new changes over the upcoming weeks! I love you and God loves you even more!!!!