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This Is Not A Sports Blog…

This is about where we find ourselves in the world today.

(to steal a line from Bono: “This song is not a rebel song, this song is Sunday, Bloody Sunday.”)

The news has been broken and apparently David “Big Papi” Ortiz  and Manny Ramirez used performance enhancing drugs in 2003.  I still am not sure why they try and water down the truth by calling them that – steroids, everyone say it with me steroids.  The talk of the town throughout all of New England where the 2004 season turned around history for the Boston Red Sox that had been in a World Series Championship drought since 1918 is all about the fallen legends.  Some are disappointed, others don’t think anything of it.  The bottom line is that there is a great blemish on that World Series win.

big-papiListening to the radio this morning I heard the announcer tell of how everyone does it now and it doesn’t discredit the World Series wins at all.  While in the locker room at the gym today I was part of a conversation where the same justification took place.  It seems as though the acceptable norm is now to do whatever is needed to get the competitive edge in order to win.  I know that the argument has long been standing about the example that professional athletes play for the youth of this nation and how new regulations need to be set in place but it doesn’t seem to matter.

The regulations are in place but the accountability doesn’t seem to be there.  What are the punishments?  When people justify the actions of those who choose to cheat by using steroids I think we have all been let down.  There is no excuse for it.  If the records are broken and set by those who cheat then the records should be wiped clean.  I see those who want to place an asterisk beside certain records signifying that there is a challenge to the record but I believe the records should simply be discounted altogether.  Remove the records that have been proven to be contested due to the use of illegal drugs and allow those who are actually using their God-given abilities to achieve the accomplishments.

There is far too much tolerance for the misgivings of others for personal gain.  I am all for grace.  I live out gracemannyramirez daily in my own actions and words.  However, grace is given when grace is needed.  The professional athlete’s that are cheating should not be given grace – they should lose their ability to play that would set an example for all to see that cheaters do not win – no exceptions.  Am I disappointed that the Red Sox have a blemish on their achievements?  Absolutely.  I am a fan of the Red Sox and was proud of the teams that won the World Series in 2004 & 2007.  But I am not a fan of setting a poor example.

This is not a sports blog.  This is a post about where we find ourselves in the world today.  I only wish that we could see a future of sports professionals that would be full of integrity and character.  We need positive examples not more of the same old cheats…

Monday Morning Quarterback

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Here’s how the goals are going:

  • Time with family: Just a regular deal this past week.  We celebrated Megan’s 10th birthday on Sunday afternoon and had fun visiting with our extended family.  Makenna wasn’t feeling all that great over the weekend – all she wanted to do was sleep – so we kept it low & slow for her.  
  • Exercising: I got back into a running routine this week just in time to stop due to my three day Darfur Fast For Life.  I didn’t want to exert any more energy than needed while doing a water only fast.  This next week I will be away at a conference in California and am looking forward to hitting the road and getting some miles in while helping Jake train for a 5K we’ll be doing together in the Fall.  
  • Weight: last week – 196  this week – 190. With the three day fast that I did I definitely lost a few pounds.  I’ feeling well and love the energy that I have due to a much more active lifestyle.  And no, Stuart, if you are reading this, no bran muffin needed!
  • Read Two Books Per Week:  I finished up the book The Hole In Our Gospel this week by Richard Stearns who is the president of World Vision.  It’s inspiring to see the change that can be brought into many lives by one person who is faithful to do what only they can.  This was a challenging book that will keep me going as I creatively look for ways to make a difference in this world.

That’s all for this weekly update.

It’s The Fight

I know most people who read this blog have probably seen this video before.  There was a time months ago when I received links via email from just about everyone I knew who were telling me I HAD to see this video.  I have seen it.  I’ve watched this many times before.  It’s powerful.  The struggle that the girl goes through at the end to get free from all that she has allowed into her life gets me every time I watch it.

About a week ago I was added on to our Youth Mission Team.  We will be heading to Jamaica from April 18 – 25 to minister to children and families outside of Kingston, Jamaica.  I say I was added to the team because we had a leader who needed to step back due to some serious back pain which led to surgery yesterday.  Tonight I attended my first meeting as an official team member.  They have been working very hard over the past few months on an amazing dance as well as the above drama.  It broke me each time I watched them rehearse the end of this skit.  Each time I watched the girl struggle to get free I was reminded of so many people who are battling addictions.  I am moved with compassion for people who are trying so hard to find freedom from these addictions.

This video reminds me over and over again that it is the fight that matters and WHO fights for us.  We can try and find freedom on our own.  We can try to break through the shackles of addiction but the chains don’t seem to snap.  Only Jesus is able to help us find true victory over the darkness that has a hold on us.  I know that some of you still can’t seem to find a way out of the struggle that you are facing.  I challenge you to give up and allow Jesus to fight on your behalf.  He will help you find true, lasting freedom.  Don’t stop fighting, just get a better coach…

More Porn Talk

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After yesterday’s post about a new filter for the iPhone and iPod Touch I received quite a bit of emails about the topic.  I know that this is a growing problem.  A friend and blogger, Brad Ruggles, addresses this from a different angle today.  Check it out.

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I added a new application to my iPod Touch today.  For quite some time there has been no filtering or accountability software for the iPhone or iPod Touch.  That has changed.  Safe Eyes has addressed this problem and created a mobile platform for their filtering software.  I love it!  I want to be above reproach in every area of my life and this helps keep things that way.

I should be very clear here in this post.  I don’t have a problem with porn.  I never really have.  Part of that is due to the fact that I welcome accountability.  Each of the computers that I have access to has a filter on it that sends accountability reports to a person of my choosing.  I believe in accountability.  It works.  As a staff at GCC we believe in this as well.  Each of the male staff at GCC have the accountability software from XXX Church on it.  We each have an accountability partner and we each submit to this process willingly knowing that this is so vital to the health of each of us as well as for the health of our church.

What are you doing to avoid temptation and keep yourself above reproach?  I would encourage you to check out these resources and put them to use.  You owe it to the people you love, the people you lead, and the people you serve.