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December 31, 2010

Chapter 3: Finding Favor

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Finding Favor

Proverbs 3:3 instructs us to continually walk and act in mercy and truth. Mercy is forgiving when you’ve been wronged. Often times people don’t want to forget past wrongs. Their thought pattern is revenge and hatred. Some will say, “I can’t forgive.” But, when we walk in God’s wisdom, obeying his commandments, He will give us the strength to forgive. You may never forget, but you can have a different attitude of heart when you remember. Walking in God’s mercy doesn’t erase your memory, but it may cause it to fade.

What does the world see when you show mercy? My wife had a friend at work that really turned against her with harsh words and actions. Not only did she attack my wife, she attacked her co-workers as well. Several weeks after the incident my wife suggested inviting the person to a social gathering that her co-workers were having. One of the people said, “Don’t invite her after the way she treated us.” My wife didn’t think anything of inviting this person because she had been a friend and my wife was trying to walk in God’s wisdom. More importantly, the world noticed. One of the others involved said, “Melinda invited her because that’s how she is. Melinda can forgive.” I remember Melinda coming home and telling me that story because it blessed her. She wanted nothing more than to mend a friendship with no ulterior motives and she didn’t realize that her words and actions were speaking greater volumes that she even intended.

Does the world notice mercy and truth? A resounding YES! Many have the stereotypical idea that martial artists have a chip on their shoulder. They are bigger and badder than anyone and will render blows with anyone that got in a cheap shot or even legitimately beat them. Martial artist, break that stereotype in your life! Show mercy. Accidents happen; words are misinterpreted; mistakes are made. Forgive.

Proverbs continually gives instruction followed up with promise. In this case the promise is favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Favor with God means blessings in your long life. Favor with men is just another blessing. This favor will cause you to be promoted in every area of your life. That’s God’s promise to you.

Be Healthy

Fitness, getting in shape, and losing weight are key motivates for some to start taking martial arts lessons. The beauty off martial arts is that it can appeal to all ages and both genders. It’s not a fitness club where you have to wear the right type of in-style work out gear or have a certain body shape to start. No, everyone wears the same white uniform – which can often lack in fashion! And as I look across my students I see every walk of life from skinny to overweight, from rich to poor, from executive to working class. They are all exercising to improve their life.

Although fitness is a necessity for a healthy lifestyle, there is an even greater ingredient for good health. Verse 8 reads, “It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” What is it? It is walking in the wisdom of God instead of our own wisdom. We all want good healthy lives and God’s word gives us the perfect medicine to have that. Verse 7 gives us our three vitamins for the day:

Don’t think you know it all. The Living Bible says, “Don’t be conceited.”

Fear the Lord. Remember this “fear” is reverence and trust.

Depart from evil. Turn your back on it and run away.

Taking these vitamins will result in renewed health and vitality.

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November 7, 2010

Chapter 3: Quick Recall

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Many martial artists sign up for lessons to learn self-defense. In today’s world this is a great idea and can provide the student with skills to help them in an attack. Our daughter who is a teenager teaches a self-defense class called Girl 2 Girl Self Defense. I am her “ookie” and she loves to demonstrate her techniques on good ‘ole Dad! In teaching those classes we have learned a lot about people.  Some come to us because they just want to be prepared in case of an attack; others come because they have been a victim and felt helpless to defend themselves. They don’t want to be caught in that situation again and want an arsenal of their own to give them power to ward off an attacker. Truly, everyone should have training to help them in this type of situation. Our daughter who will be heading for college before I know it, will be wise to identify things in her surroundings that can help her prevent an attack as well as be equipped with the tools to defend and flee. The benefits you will receive from self-defense training are: confidence, higher self-esteem, increased level of security, ways to prevent an attack, and tactics to defend.

Maintaining Quick Recall

This confidence can be fleeting if the student fails to train, practice and make the techniques become second nature. The self-defense student needs to be able to draw on their knowledge quickly and under duress. In order to do that the techniques need to come naturally. You won’t have time to think through the “4-step process” or be able to ask your attacker to grab you with the other hand because you only learned the technique “this way.” No, you cannot customize the situation to match the slow, step-by-step training patterns from the do-jo. The situation will be fast and you need quick recall which comes only from practice. They need to be engrained in your mind and heart.
Proverbs 3:1 says, “My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands.” Why? For length of days, and long life and peace. How is that for benefits?! Verse 3 goes on to say you must know these commandments. Study them, live them, let them be engrained in your heart. Then when an attacker comes you are prepared. You don’t have to say, “What does the Word say about this?” You’ll just know. It will come to you quickly in your time of need. Just like your self-defense training; preparedness is key.

Chapter 2: Conclusion

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Stay on the Path

Because  narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14
In our martial arts training there are quick ways to achieve your black belt. Look for any get-rich schemes that offer belt tests every other week or a sign that reads, “Obtain your black belt in three months with four easy installment payments.” Taking this path may be fast, but it does not teach mastery of the martial arts. If all you want is a black belt, go to a martial arts store and buy one. But wouldn’t it be better if that belt was obtained by walking the narrow path that is covered with hard work and sweat? Then that belt means more to you. No one gave it to you – you earned it. You’ll enjoy and treasure your belt.
The godly who stay on the right path will enjoy life to the full. The godly walk that narrow path that requires hard work and commitment. The world will try hard to pull you from the path. For example, Proverbs 2:16-19 looks at men who take the road to death and hell by falling into the flattery of a prostitute. To follow Christ requires that you guard your heart at all times (Proverbs 4:23)

Points to Remember

Seek wisdom earnestly.
Open the treasure chest of God’s wealth.
Stay on the path that leads to a full life

Chapter 2: Search for Treasure

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Proverbs 2

 

The pursuit of achieving your black belt is a dedicated commitment – one that can take many years for some. Some martial artists start that journey with great zeal and vigor and die out around the time they get to their purple belt. Like a New Years resolution that fades by mid-March, so can be the dream of tying a black belt around your waist. Nonetheless, the quest always starts out with a determined resolve that propels us into starting the journey to find out more about ourselves that we did before.

Searching for the Treasure

Many movies are made about the quest to find hidden treasure. Pirates travel to unknown lands over uncharted waters in hopes of finding wealth. Their quest endures battles with enemies, sickness, hardship, and even death. Their pursuit is relentless, focused, determined, and unwavering. All this for a hope that the map they are following is correct.

As martial artists we too are on a quest. This quest is the pursuit of a black belt – mastery of our sport. You may be a white belt beginning this journey or a brown belt ready to test for the next level. This journey is not easy. It requires work, dedication, and a vision. This vision motivates us to go to a class when our bodies are tired. Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says that “where there is no vision, the people perish.” We all need a goal in life or else we live day to day without accomplishment.

Proverbs 2:4 states that if you want better insight and discernment and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given to you. The key here is how you search. How do you search for money you’ve lost? Earnestly! Sometimes frantically, but definitely with great intent. That lost money might be your next trip to the grocery store, your electric bill payment or your martial arts lessons fee. Whatever that money represents, it affords you something and you desperately want and/or need to find it. So, you look hard.

Like a pirate after hidden treasure, like us after lost money – that is how Proverbs 2 says we are to search for better insight and discernment. If we do this then look what will follow. Wisdom and the knowledge of God are given to us. But, we have to search intently. God isn’t hiding wisdom from us; he is hiding it for us.

What’s in the Treasure Chest?

Open your treasure chest God has prepared for you and you’ll find wisdom, good sense, protection, truth, and discernment. Need help making an important decision? The gifts God has prepared for you will show you “how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time.” Proverbs 2:9 (Living Bible)

People look everywhere to find right answers – from trusted friends, counselors, the internet, to alcohol and drugs. But if you want the right answers all the time, from one you can trust, one that requires nothing of you, but a heart that loves Him, then look no further than God. He knows the future and the results of every decision.

September 16, 2010

Proverbs 2: Open the treasure chest of God

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As martial artists we too are on a quest. This quest is the pursuit of a black belt – mastery of our sport. You may be a white belt beginning this journey or a brown belt ready to test for the next level. This journey is not easy. It requires work, dedication, and a vision. This vision motivates us to go to a class when our bodies are tired. Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says that “where there is no vision, the people perish.” We all need a goal in life or else we live day to day without accomplishment.

Read Chapter 2 today. Be blessed.

July 27, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 1 – Part 2

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As a martial artist how can we help others with Step 2 in their wisdom walk? Maybe there is no one “crying” into their lives. How can you be that person to them?

July 22, 2010

A Firm Stance – Proverbs 1

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After reading Proverbs 1 what correlations do you make between being a martial artist and your walk with Christ?

July 3, 2010

Summer Time

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What are your summer plans?

June 8, 2009

USSSA National Tournament

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Team Kansas is ready to take the USSSA National tournament by storm! The tournament will be held at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, MO.

April 16, 2009

Girl2Girl Seminar at Ark City HS

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We will be presenting our Girl2Girl self defense seminar at Ark City HS Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm. The parents of Jodi Sanderholm will be attending the seminar as well as Jodi’s sister, Jennifer. We will be selling our DVD with $10 of every sale going to the family’s scholarship fund in memory of Jodi.

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