9/22/13

College Expectations: III

Megalomania is a psychopathological disorder characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence. Megalomania is characterized by an inflated sense of self-esteem and overestimation by persons of their powers and beliefs. Essentially, anyone with a facebook probably suffers from some form of megalomania. Megalomania could even be called the average man’s disease. Satan suffered from it, Adam and Eve suffered from it, and most of us suffer from it.

There are even times in my life where I suffer from the idea that I am so much more significant than what I really am, and like a spoiled child I get upset when the world crashes down on me and tells me otherwise.

Egoism is, philosophically, the idea that everything we do is only morally right when it benefits us. Sometimes we do things that God asks us too because we want some form of self gratification. Have you ever heard that person who serves all of the time so that they can say they serve all of the time? Christ calls us to be martyrs for HIS cause not our own. When we as God’s children can justify serving God by seeing what it does for us we disgust those first martyrs.

The first week I mentioned the things that God expects from us like humility, patience, generosity, and love. Then the second week I talked about the good things we want and can expect from God like Him lighting the way, giving us community, loving us, and giving us a chance to share his word. This week I want to talk about four not so fun things that we need to be expecting as God’s children.
1.      Expect Some Form Of Persecution
a.       2 Corinthians 12:10 – “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for Christ sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong
b.      The word persecution in modern day America is thrown around by the church at an abusive rate. It’s used in every situation from not being able to pray in school to not being able to thwart a gay pride parade. Christians think that when they don’t get what they want they’re being persecuted, and that is childish. There is a mass genocide in Africa where Christians are being exterminated by the Muslim brotherhood. In America there are many forms of persecution, but none like what our brothers in Africa suffer. If you are truly letting God’s light shine through you, then at some point your beliefs will be criticized. In some cases you might be kicked out of groups of friends, kicked out of organizations, and you may even be openly mocked. When we as Christians stand up for what is right the world will feel a sting and try and swat at us. When this happens our Christ-like character can be revealed. Even though we are not being killed for our beliefs, there are instances where being a Christian will make your life difficult and that is good!
2.      Expect to be admonished
a.       Hebrews 12:6 – “Because the LORD disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
b.      God is not above spanking us when we deserve it. No matter how big and grown-up we like to pretend we are, God will still throw us over his knee and educate us. When we’re young we like to pretend that admonishment is for the gratification of the person in authority, but in reality is a disciplinary lesson that helps us. Have you ever drifted from God and then something tough happens in your life that made you come running back to him? As children of God we will sometimes be spanked and then spun around and given a big hug. God is guiding us back into his arms. Sometimes that takes a spankin’. In the moments of struggle we have two choices. We can either hug God back, or we can blame him for our mistakes and run away. The choice you choose helps show your level of Christian maturity.
3.      Expect Closed Doors
a.       2 Peter 3:9 – “The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
b.      As a college student you’ve been told that all of the doors are open to you. According to many counselors, this is the time of your life where you get to chose everything that your life will hold. As with human nature we are stubborn and want to believe this. When God closes a door we immediately look for a window to break in through. What we need to do is step back and look around the neighborhood. Rather than break into the house we want, we should find the door that God has opened for us and then follow his will.
4.      Expect to Fail
a.       2 Corinthians 12:9 – “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

b.      Paul was given some form of ailment or obstacle that crippled him. Rather than get upset and whine that God didn’t make life easy for him he praised God. Paul was persecuted until his bones broke, but he still did miraculous things. When people gasped at his will, perseverance, and success all Paul could say was, “Do you really think I did this? I’m a broken old man. It was not I, but God.” In our walks we hate when God lets us fall on our face and seem weak to the world around us. Be like Paul when you trip and fall. Rather than frown at God, smile at the world and say, “I can’t wait to see how God’s perfection will be shown through me now.”

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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.