This past Saturday we had 32 men attend Ox Strong in person. We had three new visitors, which was also encouraging.
Scott Durr did a fantastic job sharing with us a story of unconditional love. His grandmother was diagnosed with polio back in the 1950’s. Her husband was a farmer and had to care for his wife and all the farm demands. Did his grandfather ever complain about all these responsibilities? If you weren’t able to be present on Saturday, then you’ll have to watch the video to find out…here’s the link https://youtu.be/ZzjuBnf-qBE
Keep in mind…there may be times in our life where we’re full of grace and times when we’ll experience moments of weakness. Don’t allow the moments of weakness to discourage you…doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. There are others who can relate, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to someone who can walk you through it and pray with you. And just know that others will remember you as someone who expressed fullness of grace…moments of weakness is normal. We’re all human…we all have moments of weakness. Strive to focus more on the grace side of the life of others and emulate those actions as much as possible.
If you know of someone who is caring for a spouse who has special needs, then please check in on them to see how they’re doing. Ask if help is needed and how you can help, even if it is just prayer. They’ll always remember your efforts to be there for them.
Below are a few passages that Scott shared with us…passages explaining what unconditional love looks like:
1 John 4:7-21
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Remember…unconditional love removes all “if” statements from our thinking. There’s no “I’ll love you if you…..” There are no conditions. There is no expecting anything in return. Love because He first loved you. Love because others will see Christ through your actions.
Practicing His Presence,
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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