"By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!" (Romans 5:1-5, The Message)


You've probably heard about the responsibility of play-calling being taken away from Coach Jim Zorn of the Washington Redskins and given to someone else on the team. Most people and the media have been talking about how publicly humiliating this must be for the coach.

A few days ago I heard another perspective about the situation by a sports commentator. He talked about it in terms of a character-building situation for the coach. He even went on to say that we're seeing character that was concealed, now being revealed. Meaning a situation like this will cause the character that's inside of a person, to surface and be revealed.

The Holy Spirit said to me "This is right out of scripture. Textbook. This is your walk in Christ."

When I'm publicly humiliated for Christ, this produces passionate patience in me!

This patience forges Christ's character in me.

This forging makes me press on, holding ever so tightly, wanting more and more of what the Lord gives to me through His Spirit!

Maybe what we're witnessing is Coach Zorn's walk in Christ.

If the coach does not believe in Jesus, then Adonai will use this event for the coach to seek Him. (Acts 17:24-28)


Scripture taken from The Message. ©1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

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