You’ve Really Only Got Two Options Here

As you walk through each minute of each day you really only have two options:

OPTION #1 – Keep your eyes fixed on your circumstances. Your difficult coworker, your sickness, your tight budget, your child who isn’t doing well spiritually, your strained relationship with your spouse.

When Peter walked on the water, he took his eyes off of Jesus and immediately began to sink. His faith in Jesus was overwhelmed by what he could see with his eyes. By the circumstances that surrounded him.

OPTION #2 – Keep your gaze fixed on the Lord.

  • Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. (Psalm 34:5)
  • Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)
  • Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19)
  • You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)
  • Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7)

Today, our peace and joy and gladness hinge on where we fix our gaze. Lord, fix our gaze on you.


The Cost of Covenant

One of the things that you learn early on when reading the word of God is that God is a God of covenant. When God does things it is about covenant. When God created Adam, God established the intimacy of relationship with him through the establishment of covenant. When God had to punish humanity for her sins, after the flood, God spoke to the people about restoration of moving forward based upon covenant. When God rescued the people from the exile of Egypt and got them unto Himself, He let them know that the land of promise would be theirs if they worked and lived with Him through covenant. I don’t want you to miss this.

Something that becomes important to know can be seen in God’s relationship with Adam and with the people. In both instances the promise of blessings is established and/or re-established on the basis of an already established covenant between God and his man (Adam) or His people (Israel in Egypt). The basis of it was nothing the people had to “perform” or “pursue”, but was something they simply had to “be”…in covenant.

Why is that a major point? Because we are living in a day of the church where people are being taught that if you pursue God…through your praise or through your money, then it will release the hand of blessing from God into your life. That somehow the release of praise or the release of money automatically produces a release from God…but what we learn if we read the bible correctly is that all you need for God to release blessing into your life is to walk in covenant with God. Watch this. If I walk in covenant with God, then the things I have been doing to pursue God to get from God (giving Him praise and practicing proper financial stewardship), I still do…but I don’t do them to get anything from God, I do them because He is God and I am in covenant relationship with Him. So then, God blesses me because I am in covenant. This is a major thing.

That may explain why some people can come to church but still live a raggedy life…being in church doesn’t mean you are living in covenant. That can explain why some people can let the praises go up but the blessings don’t come down…because being a good shouter doesn’t mean you are living in covenant. That can explain how you can be a leader in the church but still practice demonic activity…because having a title doesn’t mean you are walking in covenant. When I live in covenant it means I do what He says do; walk like He says walk; talk like God says talk; relate like God says relate. Today make it your prayer that you seek to walk in covenant relationship with God so that you don’t pursue God’s hand but you pursue God’s presence and seek to walk in God’s purpose and in obedience to God’s word.


Are You a Tigger or an Eeyore Spirit Christian?

Winnie-the-Pooh débuted in 1926. Pooh is a friendly naive little bear with a round belly and a huge craving for honey. Two of his best friends represent polar opposites: Tigger (pronounced T-i-double -guh-r) and Eeyore. Tigger is an endless ball of energy and exuberance, bouncing here and there and everywhere. Tigger is an eternal optimist.

Eeyore is a slow quiet negative little donkey. Eeyore is an eternal pessimist. Tigger always sees the glass as half full. Eeyore always sees the glass as half empty. Some characters in Scripture and some characters here this morning tend to be Tiggers and some tend to be Eeyores.

Just like the 12 Spies. After Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, he sent 12 spies into the land of Canaan. Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, were Tiggers:

Not only did they come back saying that the land flowed with “milk and honey” (Numbers 13).

But they said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it” (Numbers 13:30).

 The other ten spies were Eeyores:

They agreed that the land flowed with “milk and honey.”

But they warned that “the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large” (Numbers 13:28).

Then they pessimistically said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are” (Numbers 13:31).

God’s Word tells us that these Eeyore spies “brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land…” Because of their negative Eeyore attitudes and lack of faith, they held back God’s people from entering the Promised Land for another 39 years.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am asking you not to be an Eeyore. I’m asking you, with God’s help, to be a Tigger. Week after week to be excited and expectant about our Master inviting others to work in His Vineyard.

  • To enthusiastically welcome those whom God brings to Faith.
  • To even be willing to be uncomfortable to make them comfortable.
  • To welcome them into your life.
  • To pray fervently for their salvation and spiritual growth.

The same is true today. Some of you have been Christians for decades, some for years, some for months, and some for only weeks.

Some of you are Tiggers: You’re thrilled when God brings someone new to Faith. You seek them out. You welcome them. You invite them into your lives. You fervently pray for their salvation. You’re thrilled when they become Christ Followers. You’re even willing to be uncomfortable to make them comfortable.

Some of you started off as Tiggers, but have lost your bounce. Others have been Eeyores for a long long tyme: You don’t rejoice when the Lord brings someone to Faith. You might not even notice them. You don’t get to know them and encourage them in the Lord.

If they’re wounded, you don’t reach out to help make them whole. You’re more concerned with your comfort and care, than you are about their eternal salvation. You might even grumble about the music or the programs or the preaching. You might grumble about new ideas to reach those in need of our Savior Jesus.

Recently I read an Eeyore statement against some of the newer worship music. It’s entitled Top Nine Reasons to Oppose Current Trends in Worship Music:

 1. It is too new, like an unknown language.

 2. It is not as melodious as the established style.

 3. There are so many songs it is impossible to learn them all.

 4. This new music creates disturbances and causes people to act in an indecent and disorderly manner.

 5. It places too much emphasis on instrumental music rather than on godly lyrics.

 6. The lyrics are often worldly even blasphemous.

7. It is not needed since preceding generations have gone to heaven without it.

 8. It monopolizes the Christians’ tyme and encourages them to stay out late.

 9. These new musicians are young upstarts and some of them are lewd and loose persons.

This statement was published in 1723, lol! thought I would of said Kirk Franklin, Lecrae or Tye Tribbett! They were criticizing much of the music from our current hymnal, music by the likes of Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley. Why did Watts, Wesley, and Luther write those new songs?

To reach out to the lost.

To bring people to Jesus.

The great Reformer, Martin Luther, is famous for saying:

“Why should the devil have all the good music?”

Many grumbled and ostracized these musical innovators:

They were concerned with their own comfort and care.

They were not concerned with what would effectively reach the lost and bring them to spiritual maturity.

Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore?

Are you a Joshua and Caleb, boldly ready to claim the Promised Land the Lord has told us to possess? Or are you like one of the 10 spies who consistently tell yourself and others why we cannot expand our territory? Or are you a Jonah, one of the early workers in the Vineyard, who could care less about those who face God’s judgment, or do you rejoice with the angels in heaven when one soul repents and returns to the Lord? Are you more concerned your comfort and care by the church, or are you the church, the hands and feet of Jesus lovingly restoring those who were alienated from God?

And now, it’s tyme for a POP quiz!

Do you know whether you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore? And if you are a Tigger or an Eeyore, do you realize that you may be fostering the very behavior in your counterpart that you hope will change?

Check the statements apply to you:

If you’re a Tigger, you say things like…
___“Happiness is a choice.”
___ “Look on the bright side.”
___ “Smile!”
___ “Fake it ‘till you feel it.”
Tiggers believe that their point of view is more socially valuable, more thoughtful, more realistic, and more morally admirable than that of Eeyores.

If you’re an Eeyore, you say things like…
___ “No one can be cheerful all the tyme. It’s fake.”
___ “Thinking the glass is always half-full isn’t realistic. It’s self-deception.”
___ “If someone asks me, ‘How are you?’ I’m going to tell the truth, even if people don’t want an honest answer.”
___ “Authenticity is important to me. I hate phonies.”
Eeyores believe that their point of view is more socially valuable, more thoughtful, more realistic, and more morally admirable than that of Tiggers.

Decide If You’re Tigger or Eeyore! So, who are you? Are you more of an Eeyore, plodding through life, sure that school will be hard, friends will be few, and there won’t be much fun to do on the weekend? Or are you like Tigger, ready to make every task a game, every day an adventure, and every challenge an opportunity?

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Dr. Randy Pausch

*Resources Gretchen Rubin, Dr. Randy Pausch, & A. A. Milne & Christopher Robin Milne author and creator of  Winnie-the-Pooh’ 


While reading I recently encountered an idea called the principle of compound effect. The basic concept is that small but consistent habits and incremental changes add up to pay big dividends over tyme.

For example, If I gave you one dollar on the first day of the month, then doubled your money everyday might not seem like a big investment. But think again: first day you don’t double, you just give a dollar. You double the second day, meaning you give another dollar.. 1, 1, 2, 4, 8… over tyme, the accumulated deposits and their interest will add up to something exponentially greater than the initial investment itself.

Day 1: Start with $1.

Day 2: Earn/Receive $1, end with $2

Day 3: Earn/Receive $2, end with $4

Day 4: Earn/Receive $4, end with $8… Day 30: Earn/Receive $268,435,456, end with $536,870,913.00 for a 30 days month or $1,073,741,825.00 for a 31 days month.

From my experience, this principle isn’t just limited to the realm of finances or business practices. It applies to every area of life. Your work ethic. Your relationships. Your personal development. Even your walk with God. Most people tend to take the approach of trying to make large, periodic investments in order to initiate growth in these areas. And usually because they have fallen behind. You get behind on your work, so you wake up every morning at four for a week to get caught up. Your marriage is struggling, so you go to a conference. You feel distant from God, so you rededicate your life.

Sometymes it’s necessary to do these things. But rather than having to periodically overhaul your life to make up for deficiencies, adopting the smallest daily habits might be the best path towards excellence and long-term sustainable growth. Anyone can put in a lot of work for a short amount of tyme to get their game back up to par. But the people who do this usually slip afterwards because they did not learn to do the small things that could have kept them up to par and moving forward the whole tyme.

I’ve recently challenged my staff to begin improving their areas of responsibility by just one percent every day. To be one percent better in their communication. Their efficiency. Their performance. And to then in turn challenge the people they lead to do the same.

One percent is manageable, identifiable, and attainable. And it’s a daily increase and deposit that over tyme will take our church to an exponentially greater level than the work we’re putting in to get there. And without us ever losing a step and having to make up ground.

In your own life, imagine what would happen if you committed to improving yourself by one percent a day every day for the next year. If you committed to improving your parenting abilities, or the way you love and honor your spouse. Or you’re eating habits. Or your spiritual disciplines. Nothing would be drastically different initially. But a year from now you would discover that you would be a completely new person. I speaking from first hand experience!

And that’s because it’s often the smallest things done consistently that have the greatest potential to change everything.

  *Resources/Photo: Google, Steven Furtick

Who Am I? I Am A Champion.

It’s something about sports themed movies that moves, motivates & make you give a gut check. Something crossed my mind the other day as I was watching a trifecta of sports movie (Any Given Sunday, Facing the Giants & For Love of the Game (awesome movies)! I realized that life is a contact sport and if we approach everything in our lives in such a way that we play for the love of the game, then not only will we be more successful we’ll enjoy the process of getting there a lot more.

There are “No Winners and No Loser’s”, when you just play for the love of the game, whether you win or lose, you win. “One inch at a tyme, life is a game of inches” Champions are not defined by money or followers, but by how they live and influence people in ways that glorify God and encourage and inspire others. God gives us the keys to become a champion by developing stamina, character, integrity, trustworthiness and solid moral values. True champions are made, not born. God builds champions and He wants to build you into the champion you were meant to be!

“Champions are not those who never fail, they are those who never quit… Men love winners. They want to be identified with winners. Men open a newspaper and turn directly to the sports page because it features winners, while the front page usually features losers… Champions are the right man, in the right place, at the right tyme. Timing is all important.

I have recently had this saying as strong on my heart and mind as I contemplate the state of Christians and Christianity today. From my own observation, the trend for many of today’s Christians are not training to be Champions, they are happy to just attend church services on a casual or ad hoc basis with no full commitment to a church community. The attitude of “Lone Rangers” not needing to connect with anyone but Jesus, together with the mindset that “being in love with Jesus is all that is needed; Jesus is love and grace and would never hurt me” is rampant in churches today.

And it is these mindsets and attitudes that have created spoiled brat Christians who think that they can do whatever they like, whenever they like, with whomever they like – even when they know it is against God and His ways, because they have a fundamental belief that God will always forgive them and love them no matter. It is also these attitudes and mindsets that have created Christians today to talk so much about God, about being more than a conqueror, about being an overcomer and about essentially being a CHAMPION. But have no lifestyle, authority or power to back this up, let alone give a true display of this in REALITY! Christians today are more talkers and proclaimers, rather than walking MANIFESTATIONS of the Word of God in their very lives.

Remember be a leader. Sometymes we quit before we even get started. We seem to think we are not strong enough sometymes or it is impossible. But we have to endure it all because in the end it is worth it. We must give our best all the tyme, in everything we do. God is there beside us telling us we can finish this race!

Champions are made, not born. Many champions start with severe handicaps in life, but in making the effort to overcome, they find the ability to continue until they have excelled beyond those even without handicaps…The athlete, the farmer and the soldier all have different ways of winning. Each of them does his training, plowing or exercising in private, and they show their abilities in public…The fainthearted never win, they wilt. They start well, but fade before they finish…

It is tyme for Christians to stop mucking around with God, and get serious with Him and His process. And part of this process is that we are not called to just walk on our own with God as a lone ranger, but in a company of people called His church. For it is in the company of people and in the church, with all our imperfections and processes, that God will use this to make us into the champions we ought to be. Let’s get away from all the trend of Christianity where going to church is just another social event alongside going to the nightclubs, the parties or the movies. Let’s start taking our commitment to our local churches seriously, and give 100% so that we can be fashioned by God through our leadership, our fellow members and the church community.

Being MADE by God takes guts, courage, determination, commitment, stamina, humility and a true pursuit of God Himself. To be made by God means that we have to lay down our WHOLE LIVES unto Him, and have Him deal with us as He pleases, not according to what we allow Him or what is comfortable for us. We can hear great sermons preached, read some of the greatest books ever written for Christians and their walk in God, listen to the most anointed praise and worship music – but unless there is a true rendering of our hearts before God and a true brokenness of ourselves, our pride, our ways, our mindsets and EVERYTHING…..we will never become the champions that He has destined for us to be.

Being born again by the grace of God is one thing, being MADE by the grace of God through the trials, tribulations, afflictions and hard tymes is a whole other matter that only true champions can ever know.

The Chinese say to the boastful: “There is always a higher mountain.” The strong have their weakness, the perfect their imperfections and the greatest their flaw. The Bible says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12-13). The better way is not to fight your enemies – the true challenge is not to face or to flee your enemies, but to follow the Lord. Are you discouraged by what relatives, friends and outsiders think of you? Is your priority what others to think of you or what the Lord know about you? Have you asked the Lord what He can do with you, in you and through you? Pleasing, obeying and glorifying the Lord apply to all ages.

Who am I?  I am a Champion.
I will conquer what has not been conquered. Defeat will not be in my creed. I will believe what others have doubted. I’ll always endeavor the prestige honor & respect of my team. I have trained my mind & my body will follow.
Who am I?  I am a Champion.

* Resources: Tina Vaka, Kenneth Ulmer & Youtube

Life Doesn’t Come with an Instruction Book‏

My wife and I were listening to the radio when the DJ asked what would you change if you could turn back the hands of tyme? It was a Daylight Saving (End) question! To say that my life hasn’t gone according to plan would be putting it lightly.  I had a very different idea for what my life would look like when I was almost 40 when I was in high school and even a more different one in college. I thought I’d be a retiring Hall of Fame Middle Linebacker or on a steady climb up the corporate ladder of a Fortune 100 company. Yes! Like most of us, my early goals and aspirations were nothing more than the ego driven pursuit of a life that looks good on paper. But somewhere along the way, I took one turn in a different direction and ended up taking the scenic route through life.

Taking the scenic route tends to be interesting but if you are in too much of a damn hurry, you actually miss the point of taking the scenic route. Along the route I’ve failed quite a bit, most of those failures led me to where I’m at today. As Steve Jobs once said in a commencement speech, the dots connect when you look back at them. People cite a few key moments as defining in their lives. In many cases those defining moments are often the ones they’ve planned for and dreamed about as long as they can remember. For some people it’s the day they get married and for others the day they have kids.  “We plan for the future, but don’t live in fear of it” – Jennifer Boykin

Despite what you’re local bookstore, Tony Robbins and all the self help books you’ve read tell you, life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Straight A’s in high school, famous college, all the check boxes crossed off, and guess what?  Sometymes life doesn’t go according to plan. And when you’re completely dependent on the instruction manual you’re left scratching your head wondering where it all went wrong. You learn about life by living it, not reading about it.

Your intuition is worth more than any book, intuition comes from experience. The way you learn to trust it is by ignoring it and having it come back to bite you in the ass. Oprah Winfrey once said “your feelings are a GPS system for life.” But it’s only when you end up at the wrong destination that you finally start paying attention to that GPS system we call your feelings or intuition. Every book will tell you this, but the authors have only learned it by failing to trust their intuition in the past. The knockout punches, wipeouts and battles scars make you who you are.

In a interview of Jennifer Boykin, I heard her say “why not share your broken places, nobody else has that story?” We’ve all been punched in the face and on occasion taken a knockout punch from the game of life.  What makes that story so damn interesting is that you have the courage to get back up and keep fighting. If you don’t have any wounds or scars, then you haven’t stepped on the battlefield. A friend told me “there’s the life you live and the one you’re destined to lead.” This is one of those social scripts and the life you think you’re supposed to want.

Social scripts cause us to ignore the life we’re destined to lead. We often get caught up in the life we think we’re supposed to want which isn’t too far off from the ego driven pursuit of a life that looks good on paper.  But for the first tyme in history an entire generation is questioning the social scripts that they’ve been force fed since birth. According to the American Dream, I’m supposed to want a house with a white picket fence. Call me crazy, but I don’t think I ever want to own a house until I got married, and my wife said my Bachelor pad was no longer good enough. Did I mention I NEVER, EVER, EVER thought I would be married! Even in his book I was blind but now I see (highly recommended) James Altucher encourages people not to buy a house. Does that go completely against conventional wisdom? Yes. But conventional wisdom will lead to conventional results. When you start to think outside our box, you’ll find out The Thing You Never Knew You Needed Is The Thing You Can’t Live With Out!

I have absolutely no idea what lies ahead. Am I nervous? Surprisingly NO. But what I do know based on a few other experiences is that opportunity tends to unfold when we’re willing to take a leap of faith and “Let Go & Let God. In a recent guest post, I mentioned that you’ll see things that you may have been blind to prior to taking the first step because now you’re standing in a different place and looking at the same situation from a whole new angle. Sometymes life’s greatest experiences lie in midst of the unknown. Somewhere along the journey you might realize that you are actually addicted to the life you are trying to escape. Don’t worry, since it’s really a waste of tyme and energy. Awareness is the first step. When you start to just play for your love of the game, it all gets better.

Playing the hand you’ve been dealt is easy when you use the circumstances of your life as an excuse for leaving your fate in someone else’s hands. However, you do have a choice in the matter.  In the movie “Rounder’s” there’s a great quote from Matt Damon where he says

“Put a guy like me in a game… the cards themselves hardly matter. Fold or hang tough. Call or raise the bet. These are decisions you make at the table. Sometymes the odds are stacked so clear there’s only one way to play it. Other tymes, like holding a small pair against two over cards, its six to five, or even money, either way. Then it’s all about feel, what’s in your guts.”

I don’t know much about poker, but from what I hear it’s about playing the hand you’ve been dealt. Maybe we should have the same attitude towards life. I know it’s easier said than done and sometymes I have trouble following my own advice. Let’s face it. You have two choices, you can spend your life living or you can spend your life planning to live it. I’m going with the former. I’ll let the chips fall where they may because at least in the end it’ll be a damn good blog.

*Resources: Jennifer Boykin, Rounders & Skool of Life

Forrest Gump lied, Life is NOT Like A Box of Chocolates… It’s More Like A Rubik’s Cube

Here’s a theory that I’ve been kicking around for a while: life is like a Rubik’s cube – sometymes you have to make it worse before you can make it better. YES this theory started by being waking by my TV and the “Pursuit of Happines” being on 3am on TBS. God moves in mysterious ways!

“My life is like a rubik’s cube. As soon as I get one problem solved, another one appears. As soon as I get that one solved, it pushes something else out-of-place. It is hard getting every area of my life lined up. I wish there was a way that when I move from one area to the next, the previous area would stay in place.” And that’s my friend is the problem, I’m moving the pieces!

Life is a lot like this. When you are born, you are an innocent baby, or a solved Rubik’s Cube coming out of the package. However, as you begin going through life, you develop problems physically, mentally, and emotionally. As you get older, you turn the Rubik’s Cube of life. Your life can sometymes get so full of problems that you don’t think you can get it back to normal. As my life has taken its turn, it has gone from hope to devastation and back again. Throughout my entire life, I have been searching for the algorithms to twist my Rubik’s Cube of Life back into its correct position. However, as “I twist and turn it/ try to fix my life on my own” I almost get it finished but then one little turn knocks it completely out of shape again. There are about 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible permutations for a Rubik’s cube but there is only 1 right solution! I mean, can things ever get more complicated than that?

This kind of sounds like the number of chances I’ve been given by Father the redeemer so far in my life. Thanks God there is one Jesus who died for my many wrong moves. Back when I got my first cube (the big craze in 1980 – now I’m showing my age) they were literally everywhere, on key rings pendents…etc.), I wasn’t very good at figuring it out. I cheated a bit by getting a book that taught a solution, although I didn’t get very far with that until I was a few years older, or a hammer and   CRACK,  BANG, SMASH! I’m Done!           

Man plays with and successfully masters the complex Rubik’s Cube, and yet Man doubts himself when it comes to dealing with the complexities of his life! I agree, Life is complicated but now, let’s put things in proper perspective: Life is unfair but it is unfair to everyone, so life is fair!

What happens to us does not really matter as much as what we make of it when it does! i.e. one square at a tyme. God let’s us go through at tymes, so we can help others.  In particular, you can’t say “Ok, I’ve done the yellow side, now I’ll leave that alone while I do the red side”, due to the way that the cube is built. Firstly, you have to look at things in the right context. Every movable piece has one position where it belongs, e.g. each middle edge has two colored faces, and so the yellow/red edge piece has to be adjacent to the yellow and red centre pieces. If it is between the yellow and blue centre pieces, the yellow side might look fine, but the blue side will never be complete until that piece is moved.

That leads onto the second point – the Rubik’s Cube of the World has been turned out of shape, chances are that you will have to move that piece into a “worse” position on the cube before you can get it into the right position. So, it feels like you’re going from a situation where you have 1 side out of 6 done to a situation where none of the sides are complete. But if you don’t, you’ll never solve it. A significant issue here is that it’s not just a case of keeping a stiff upper lip, and waiting until it’s over – you have to actively make things worse. The other issue is that there’s no guarantee of success – you could wind up with a cube that’s scrambled even worse than it was when you started.

Taking this as an analogy for life, I think it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut, where you’re not happy with the way things are, but you’re not quite uncomfortable enough to risk making them worse. Life is like a Rubik’s Cube because you get it completely solved. Then over tyme you mess it up and you can’t solve it anymore; unless you know the hints, tips and secrets on how to. You can’t just solve one side and keep it like that; you have to mess it up before it gets better. Each configuration is a path God has chosen for your life, and when you stir off that path, don’t worry have patience and God will get your life of a rubik’s cube back in order again. God is the master of all lives that appear to be rubik’s cubes. He created everyone in His own image, so He knows when it is out-of-order. If your life seems to be out-of-order like an unsolved rubik’s cube, READ and MEDITATE on Psalm 91.

I don’t have any real conclusion to all of this, but just know the secret code is not (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start) like in the (Sega game Contra<-click on the link, life b4 PS3 & Wii)  it’s 1 Corinthians 10:12-13: “God never gives you more than you can handle, it’ll be as easy as needs to be”.

*Resources: Sega, Margaret Minnicks & Biblegateway