Posted by: Andrea Mullins | 6 January, 2010

Go, Cowboys!

When the University of Wyoming won the New Mexico Bowl just a few days before Christmas, I was inspired to wear my alumni hoodie as often as possible. As a graduate of UW I know that when the football team wins a game, I will have an email in my inbox within minutes after the game ends offering a variety of alumni hats, jackets, and shirts. They know I am more likely to buy when the school is winning.

The Christian faith works in the same way. When we pray, or when we share our faith, and we see God work, it’s like winning a bowl game. The more we pray, the more God will answer. The more we share our faith, the more He will work through our lives to touch another life. Praying and sharing our faith are winning actions that encourage us to show our Christian faith in all areas of our lives. As exciting as it is to see UW win the New Mexico Bowl, it is even more thrilling to experience God’s work when we pray or share our faith.

As we begin a new decade, we can have a winning season and see God at work in our lives every day. Here are a few simple suggestions to get you started on this journey. All of these come with little or no cost (just in case you happen to be on a tight budget).

1. Accept God’s love for you. (Before you get out of bed.)
2. Ask God to guide you. (And expect Him to do it.)
3. Learn something about God. (Your Bible is the best source.)
4. Say the name of Jesus aloud. (It gets easier the more you do it.)
5. Treat one person with kindness. (Even if they don’t deserve it.)
6. Write one thank you note. (Gratitude softens the heart.)
7. Forgive one person. (Not always easy, but rewarding.)
8. Add value to another person’s life. (This will make you smile!)
9. Choose to give rather than get. (We can’t out give God.)
10. Encourage a coworker or family member. (Always appreciated.)

Tomorrow, the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide will meet in the final college bowl games of the season. No doubt, many fans will be wearing their school colors throughout the game. But after the game, fans of the winning team will be easy to spot by their enthusiastic desire to be identified with the champions.

One day at a time is all it takes to have a winning decade. “Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV) There is no assurance that Wyoming will have a winning season next year, much less every year of this decade. But letting God work in our lives each day is a guarantee that every year will be winning season and we’ll be showing our faith in every area of our lives.

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