Faith F.A.M.I.L.Y.® Football Challenge #2 by Jess Stainbrook
Thanks for joining us in this 7 day reading plan. You may be joining us because you are connected to our Faith Family Football Celebration event live from the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, or perhaps a friend recommended it, or you just found us on the Bible App. However it happened, we’re glad you could join us for this mini-journey that will give you some more insight and increase your understanding of how to grow your “faith” in your daily life.
Back in the 1990’s, lots of “church people” were wearing bracelets with, W.W.J.D. - What Would Jesus Do? We always wondered - what’s the answer to that question? My good friend Mike Manhardt and his buddy while hanging out in Jamaica came up with an acronym that I believe can be a great reminder of the answer to the ‘WWJD’ question.
It’s F.A.M.I.L.Y.! Now, I know the word family can have lots of meanings. Beyond just the standard dictionary definitions, it’s more than "parents and children" or "common ancestors." It can be those that stick with us through thick and thin, or our extended and new blended families. Family can be a mentor or a coach, those special people that care about us... dare we say “LOVE” us... no matter what. Like Lilo says in the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch, “Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” OR as Edna Buchanan, the American journalist said, “Family are the friends that we choose ourselves.”
I give you the word F.A.M.I.L.Y.® as a mnemonic device (pronounced, new-monic). I know what you’re saying, “A Mne… what the heck is that word?!!!” No, it’s not a new power tool from The Home Depot! A mnemonic device is a way that that helps you remember something else. We use them everyday - probably without even knowing it, i.e., SCUBA = Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus; ASAP= As Soon As Possible; FYI=For Your Information, FAQ=Frequently Asked Questions, BFF=Best Friend Forever, or LOL=Laughing Out Loud.
In our case, it’s the individual letters in the word F.A.M.I.L.Y.® that will remind you every single day of how to live your life in that “What Would Jesus Do” way. Plus, you can share it with your friends because while the concept might be straight out of the bible, it’s not overtly Christian and can honestly apply to anyone, anywhere. Hence, a direct response to Matthew 10:16, where Jesus says, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
We will officially start the F.A.M.I.L.Y.® stuff tomorrow. Right now, let me give you some parameters that will help you over the next 7 days:
Three things you should know straight up:
Sounds quaint, but it’s not. Walking with God is real and I hope to help you discover some things over the next seven days so you have a better understanding of this thing called “Faith.”
Over the next seven days, find a quiet place that you can be for 5-10 minutes each day and prepare to do these four things in that time:
There will be a bonus video clip link for each day from one of our athlete friends that may encourage you in this journey. You are welcome to watch that too.
Today’s assignment is easy. Find your quiet place. Then start with the following:
ASK God to show up.
READ: ACTS.1:8, PHL.2:3-4
WRITE down some thoughts about your expectations for the seven days. Be honest.
MEDITATE about your expectations - Talk to God - maybe what you think you’d like to see happen over the next seven days. Be willing to listen to that still and small voice in your head. It may be leading you to some incredible conversations and discoveries over the next few days!
Matthew Slater, New England Patriots, Super Bowl Champion
Good job getting started! See you tomorrow!