Learning to Hustle

This weekend Shelly and I had the pleasure of hanging out with our niece and nephew. Along with fun food, board games, baking and the Texas – OU game we got to attend a first grade soccer game. As all you parents know, this is always an adventure. It was a pretty lopsided game. There was some basic knowledge and skill difference between the two teams, but the element that won the game was very simple: speed. One team was simply faster than the other. The faster team got to the ball first and outran the other team to their goal. Then, it was just a matter of beating the goalie. The frustrating part for some of the parents was that both teams were hustling, so why was one team faster than the other? Hustle makes the difference, but not the hustle on gameday…

The hustle that makes us faster is the hustle that happens the other six days of the week. In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul writes:

1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

He also tells his younger friend, Timothy:

1 Timothy 4:7-8
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

How are you working on your hustle? We only become better at the parts of life we work at when it’s not game day. The pressure of the game usually only makes us more likely to drop the ball. Take a few minutes today to talk with God about what’s really important. Then, learn to hustle. If you find you need some help, find someone in our church family who seems to have that part of life figured out. Buy them coffee and ask them to coach you on that area of your life. You’ll probably find there’s something you can help them with, too.

Conversations at the CrossRoads Episode 2

Be part of the conversation with Conversations at the CrossRoads Episode 2!

Faith isn’t just something we believe, faith is a conversation. You’re invited to be part of the conversation in our new podcast, Conversations at the CrossRoads. Sit down with Charles, Cos and our Lead Pastor, Jonathan Atwell, as they talk about faith and life together.

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In this episode: Current event at CrossRoads Church, meet Home Group Leader, Bob Dvorak and our continued conversation from the book of Joshua: “Why would a loving God wipe out so many people?!”