Summary: THE WAY WE APPROACH OUR PROBLEMS AND LIFE MIGHT HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH WHETHER WE FAIL OR SUCCEED. May we walk in godly paths!
THE APPROACH --- GOD MAKE ME FOR YOU!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is a lesson I do in two parts.
Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US.
1. ONE LITTLE BOY GREW A NEW APPROACH TO THE GAME.
We have this little boy at church, Seth Keown, Seth is 6 years old and plays PeeWee football.
Our son is the coach of the Packers. Our grandson Matthew plays on the same team with Seth.
There are only two teams in this league, the Packers and the Titans.
The Packers have yellow jerseys and the Titans have blue.
The Titans are a much bigger team in size than the Packers, and thus won every game.
We drove to Brownsville for this week’s game, every week prior the Titans stomped the Packers.
Seth’s team, the Packers had lost every game.
This Saturday Seth got out of their car with a different attitude.
Seth had on his number 44 yellow uniform. As Seth walked away from his Mother,
I watched him. Seth had his shoulders spread eagle and his eyes sparkled.
Seth walked right up to the star of the Titans, the biggest blue Titan player,
Seth came up to the bigger boy’s number on his jersey, Seth look right at the big blue star, and
Seth made a declaration to the biggest player.
SETH SAID: WE ARE GOING TO WIN TODAY!
Seth turned and walked away.
Seth came to this game with a different approach than the other games.
Well, I thought this was really cute, this little boy went to Goliath and stated a new attitude,
but I feared another lost. I knew there was no way the Packers could beat the Titans.
BUT THEY DID! The Packers won. Seth was right.
At the end of the game, it was Packers 14, Titans 6.
Seth’s new approach was infective, contagious to the other players.
I heard my son, the Coach, say, Boy’s I prayed for you this week --- the prayer was not just to win,
but for a new approach to the game.
Last Saturday, in Brownsville, Kentucky was the TOY BOWL. The Titans coach had never lost a TOY BOWL. Seth and the Packers took the field, they were behind, loosing most of the game.
With two minutes to go, the Packers scored a touchdown and took the lead, and won the TOY BOWL.
As a bystander, I remembered back to the day, that Seth climbed out of the car, saying, the Packers are going to win today. At first, Seth was just saying this to himself.
But later with a boldness, Seth walked up and told the Star Titan, WE ARE GOING TO WIN TODAY.
2. HISTORY RECORDS SEVERAL YOUNG MEN WITH A NEW APPROACH! MAYBE JESUS NEEDS A TEAM MEMBER TO SAY: WE CAN! WE CAN DO THIS!
This is all David did? David was surprised God’s army was standing back listening to Goliath as Goliath mocked and taunted God’s people.
David say, God and I can handle this giant!
David’s older brother mocked the showoff David?
Goliath laughed and said, What, you are sending me a puppy dog to fight?
No, it is not a puppy dog, it is a young man with a new approach.
3. MY APPROACH IS I WILL TRY! I WILL TRY AGAIN! I WILL TRY UNTIL ---
Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying "I will try again tomorrow!"
GOD CAN HELP YOU CHANGE YOUR APPROACH TO DEFEAT!
4. APPROACH 99 OR THE ONE?
Luke 15 is the LOST CHAPTER of the Bible.
There are 99 safe, and a loving shepherd that leaves the 99 comfortable sheep, to find the one lost lamb. Most of us have grown so comfortable with the 99, we have no vision for the one that is hurting. We can ignore the one very easy.
This new approach brings JOY when the lost is found.
5. THE LOST COIN, A LESSON IN GRADUAL DIRTY APPROACHES.
The young lady had 10 silver coins. She needed ten coins to get married.
Somehow, in careless, slip shop, neglect the young lady lost one coin, now she can’t marry?
Seems, the lady got out a candle and lit the candle.
What the light was illuminated was shocking, there was dirt in her house.
The lady’s new approach is to clean up the dirt. When the dirt gets cleaned up,
she finds her coin. The new attitude or approach brings JOY, the house is clean and the coin is found.
6. THE APPROACH OF THE TWO SONS...
Most call this the story of the PRODIGAL. This is only 1/2 of the story, the whole story must include the approach of the ELDER BROTHER ALSO!