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Recently I got to thinking about an emerging profession, at least I think it is emerging. This is the profession of being a life coach. A life coach is a trained professional who helps guide goal-oriented people to meet or exceed their personal and professional goals. Life coaching is a process and requires the full commitment of the client. Coaches help clients identify blocks, challenges, and opportunities. Sounds like a wonderful profession. Every time I think of a “Life Coach” I can’t help but think of the best life coach and His name is Jesus. 

I want to be purposefully clear as I write this article. Jesus is not merely a life coach, He is God and this truth can’t be forgotten. All Jesus has said and done must be interpreted through the lenses of His divinity. I do not want to present Jesus in a light beneath His dignity. Yet Jesus set aside His glory for a while to become like us and walk among us. Revealing to us exactly what God is like, teaching us God’s ways, and ultimately dying for our sin upon the cross and defeating death through His resurrection. Who better to look to and seek instruction from but the One who created us, created our world, became one of us, lived like us, and obeyed His Father perfectly? Jesus faced death and came out the Victor. In life, we can certainly learn from failure, but with Jesus we learn from the perspective of success.

If we allow Jesus to not simply suggest our goals, but actually set our goals, how do you think life would turn out? If we fully committed ourselves to His instructions, how do you think life would turn out? If we allowed Jesus to identify blocks, challenges, and opportunities we have, how wonderful would that be? The good news is Jesus wants to be all of this and more for His children. 

Jesus wants to walk intimately with all who would call upon His name. He has a purpose for each of us and a place for each of us. Too many think we only bring extremely big problems to God and all the other problems we just handle ourselves. There are no problems or challenges we face that Jesus does not want to be involved in. I was kidding around with Cathy Moore and the others who were assigned articles to write for this month’s newsletter. I was trying to pawn my article off on someone else, actually anyone else! Eventually and jokingly Cathy’s grandsons became nominated to write my article. One of them took it serious and wrote the following:
Now we might take his statement and think it cute. I think it is cute but it also illustrates some awesome truths. Allowing Jesus to lead us is simple if we will trust Jesus. Jesus is interested in every aspect of our lives even our homework. Jesus will actually help and help in such a way that even a child can understand it’s Jesus helping him.

I would say Jesus wants to be our guide and whom better? Is He your guide? Will you give Him the opportunity? It seems amazing to me we would readily welcome the direction of a human life coach but hesitate to trust so much to Jesus. I hope you won’t hesitate but embrace Christ with your whole being.

​God Bless!
A LOVE STORY

One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me. He asked me, “Do you love me?”
I answered, “Of course, God! You are my Lord and Saviour!”

Then He asked, “If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?”
I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t; be able to do, the things that I took for granted. And I answered, “It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You.”

Then the Lord said, “If you were blind, would you still love my creation?” How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation.
So I answered, “Its hard to think of it, but I would still love Your creation.”

The Lord then asked me, “If you were deaf, would you still listen to my word?” How could I listen to anything being deaf?
Then I understood. Listening to God’s Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.
​I answered, “It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word.”

The Lord then asked, “If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?”
How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me: God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks.
​So I answered, “Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your Name.”

And the Lord asked, “Do you really love Me?”
​With courage and a strong conviction, I answered boldly, “Yes Lord! I love You because You are the one and true God!”
I thought I had answered well, but God asked, “THEN WHY DO YOU SIN?”

I answered, “Because I am only human. I am not perfect.”

“THEN WHY IN TIMES OF PEACE DO YOU STRAY THE FURTHEST? WHY ONLY IN TIMES OF TROUBLE DO YOU PRAY THE EARNEST?”

No answers. Only tears.
The Lord continued: “Why only sing at fellowships and retreats? Why seek Me only in times of worship? Why ask things so selfishly? Why ask things so unfaithfully?”
​The tears continued to roll down my cheeks.

“Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news? Why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My Name?”
I tried to answer, but there was no answer to give.

“You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge. I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you sat idly by as they were pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I have answered them all.”

DO YOU TRULY LOVE ME ?”

I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this? My heart had cried out and the tears had flowed, I said, Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child.”

The Lord answered, ” That is My Grace, My child.”

I asked, ” Then why do you continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?”
The Lord answered, “Because you are My creation. You are my child. I will never abandon you. When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you. When you shout with joy, I will laugh with you. When you are down, I will encourage you. When you fall, I will raise you up. When you are tired, I will carry you. I will be with you till the end of days, and I will love you forever.”
Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How could I have hurt God as I had done?

I asked God, “How much do You love me?”
The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands. I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Saviour. And for the first time, I truly prayed.

Author Unknown.


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17
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