Find your path to greatness in 60 seconds

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On Sunday I addressed my congregation regarding the Tiger Woods situation and I’d like to share some of that with you.  I believe it is important that as Christians, we know how to respond when a public figure misses the mark. It is important that we not get caught up in the world’s method for handling a fall from grace – we have a different, a higher standard.  

Bishop Long preaching on Tiger Woods

Sunday 12-13, how we should respond to Tiger Woods

 

 I am reminded of the instance when a woman accused of committing adultery was brought before Jesus. His response was to kneel down, write on the ground and say, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” You know the story, one by one the accusers left until only the woman and Jesus remained. When Jesus looked up He asked, “Woman where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No Lord,” she said. “Neither do I, go and sin no more.” (John 8:2-11 NLT) It is important to realize that while we must never condone sin, it is not our place to judge the one committing it. The Word says that “Love covers a multitude of sins” and that is how we are to respond when others miss the mark. Our mission should be to restore.  

In fact, read Galatians 6:1 as Paul tells us exactly how we are to respond – and it’s not sending in negative messages to blogs, radio talk shows and the like.  We should pray for Tiger and his family. Stop calling into talk shows talking about “How dare he…” How dare you! Because quiet as it’s kept, there are some things in all of our lives we wouldn’t want exposed! Yes, what he did as wrong but let’s love him back to restoration.  

Tiger is already in his private hell. But who are we to judge?  Tiger has a defense attorney and his attorney is standing before the bench. His name is Jesus and he hasn’t lost a case.  I don’t think we want to put ourselves in the position as the opposing attorney!  

I wrote Tiger a letter letting him know that I’m here for him if he needs me.  You should do likewise.  Instead of responding as the world responds, write into the blogs and call into the radio shows and talk about the love of God.  We’ve been forgiven of much; can we not find it in our hearts to forgive Tiger?  

I said a lot more and I hope my congregation received it, but most importantly, acted upon it.  If you’d like to hear the entire message (you need to know what happens when we gossip or put our mouth against another) visit our online bookstore.  

Find your path to greatness in 60 seconds

 

 By the way, my new book that is coming out, 60 Seconds to Greatness will show you how to create a life plan that will keep you from making the kind of mistake that Tiger made.    I hope you order a copy for yourself and for others.  You’ll be blessed!  

If you’re in the Atlanta area, I’ll be doing a book signing at New Birth on January 3rd.  

Also, join me on a live webinar on January 9th at 10:30 a.m. EST.  If you need more information just drop a line in the comment section of this post or send a tweet (twitter.com/60seconds2great).

As this year winds to a close, we need to assess 2009 and get ready for what God has for us in the coming year. It is time for us to take a look in the mirror and be honest with ourselves about our walk with God. All of us go through a performance evaluation every year at our jobs, where we sit down with our bosses and talk about what we did well and where we can improve. We look at the various facets of job performance – attendance, self-motivation, teamwork, goal achievement, communication, personal growth and so on – and receive a “grade” of sorts from our supervisors. What I’m asking the New Birth family to do this Holiday season is a Spiritual Performance Evaluation, a frank assessment of how we’re doing in the things of God.

Ask yourself a few questions and try to answer them objectively. Am I faithful in my church attendance, my volunteer service, my time with God and my giving, or am I wishy-washy? Do I really put the Kingdom of God first in my priorities and my day-to-day decision-making, or do I “fit God in” to my busy schedule? Am I listening to what Bishop and my Pastor are saying, measuring myself against it and trying to implement it in my life, or am I just accumulating DVD’s that I haven’t made time to listen to? What do I do with those notes that I take every week at church – do they sit in my car until next week? I want us to use the upcoming season to take a really hard look at ourselves, so we can determine if we are getting in the way of our own prosperity.

All of God’s plans for you are “Yes” and “It is so!” The Word says that your life should be lived in a place of abundance and peace. Are you seeing the manifestation of that? His Word says you’re healed and that God’s children should not be broke. Is that your reality? He promised us household salvation – the “good life” for every member of your family. Is there one wandering in the wilderness that everybody’s still praying for? We are peculiar people who have been adopted by God into His royal family – are you a stranger to your covenant promises? While we know there is an adversary whose mission is to destroy our lives, I believe that we give him way more credit than he deserves. Sometimes our lives don’t go as planned because we’re not following the instructions.

If you want to experience an explosion of God’s goodness in 2010, take the time right now to self-evaluate.

What legacy did your parents leave you?  Is that what you want to leave for your children?  The Word says that a wise man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children (grandchildren) so that each generation starts at a better starting point than the last.  However, historically, that has not been true but rather each generation starts at just about the same spot and sometimes worse.  What is your legacy?

Greatness may not be fame or immense wealth. It may not mean having the world know who you are, but there are other kinds of greatness. For example, you can change your children and your children’s children and the generations that follow them. And it can all be traced back to you and the choice that you made.

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