For sports fans this is an exciting time of the year.  National Football League teams are headed to the Super Bowl...each hoping to win the Championship trophy.

College basketball is in full swing. . .each team with their eye on becoming national champions.

Major league baseball is gearing up for the start of spring training next month with each team dreaming of becoming World Series champions.

Yes, when we think of champions. . .we think of those who win sports titles. . .either as a team or through individual efforts.

It is not easy to become a champion. . .it takes determination. . .practice. . .exercise. . .discipline and, yes. . .commitment to never give up, give in, back up, back down, sit down, quit or walk away until victory is achieved.

Who’s in your inner circle?  Do you have really close friends?

Write down the characteristics which make you consider each a close friend.

How do you decide with whom you will spend time?

Are your social interactions uplifting and character building for everyone involved?

To accomplish our goals for 2015. . .an average effort is not enough.  An average commitment is not enough.  Average desire is not enough.

A.W. Tozier, the noted theologian, wrote:

“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.”

Being average is a settled for. . .kind of life.

The average person settles for whatever comes their way. . .by resigning themselves to exist as they are…by refusing to make the effort to move beyond and out of their comfort zone. . .into the kind of life God desires for them.

Words from Harold and Bev

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Harold Herring

Never let your circumstances define your destiny.  Rather create the circumstances that will assure your destiny.

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Bev Herring

Never allow anyone other than God to determine your worth and value.