Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Your Future Can Change

February 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

With the London Olympics approaching, we may have dreams of one day being international athletes; or we may be planning to attend or to buy 3D TVs to watch the action – even while knowing that spectators get no fitter by just watching.

 “Que sera, sera” – ‘whatever will be, will be’ is not a record-breaker’s motto, for record-breakers know that the future is not set in stone. By training and straining to attain, they challenge past limits to change their future.

Medical experts declared the impossibility of running a sub four-minute mile, until Roger Bannister (a medical student!) achieved the feat. Yet his time would now see him a half-lap behind today’s winners as they breasted the tape!

Over ten thousand athletes will compete for less than one thousand medals in London. This is why I believe Olympic “personal best” medals should be also awarded; to recognise those who train in less than elite-level facilities; so they may enjoy the recognition they deserve.

In sports, even champions lose. But God makes his acceptance and forgiveness available so anyone can enjoy winning at life – despite past defeats or reputations.

It’s worth checking how the Bible describes Jesus mixing with defeated, cynical, outcast and hopeless people, so they became positive, nourishing, purposeful people. In responding to Him, they embraced His answer for others, encouraging them to draw on His power to tackle their challenges and overcome them.

And He can do the same today: for you and through you.

 

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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