Dominique was just ten when some neighborhood gang members befriended him. “I was kind of a mascot,” as he puts it. But gang mascots eventually become gang members, and he was headed for trouble. One day, Dominique discovered an online chess game. He got the hang of it and became good—really good. He didn’t like to lose, and pretty soon he had taught himself a variety of creative chess moves.
Before too long, Dominique was “busy” when gang members called. Busy with chess. Busy with starting a chess club in his school. Then busy as chess club president. Then he added wrestling to the mix. Dominique was way too busy finding his purpose to run with gangs.
By the time he was in high school, Dominique had become the top scholastic chess player in the state of North Carolina. He even won a national tournament, and is now in striking distance of becoming a Grand Master—an international distinction. Dominique possesses a unique and God-given genius when it comes to chess. Continue reading
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32 (ESV)
Let’s face it. Fiery trials are not fun. And yet, it seems like the more serious I get about following Christ, the tougher the resistance from the enemy. Can you relate? I’ve heard it said, “New level, new devils.” Jesus warned Peter that Satan had demanded to “sift you like wheat.” The “you” in this verse is plural. It means “all of you.” Or if you’re from the deep South like I am, “Satan has asked to sift y’all like wheat…” Continue reading
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).
“But Mommy, all I want is what I want when I want it,” howled my friend’s three-year-old daughter in the middle of a tantrum. Like little Molly, all I want is “what I want when I want it.” Who doesn’t? But life doesn’t always work that way, does it? Truth is, I’ve had to wait for my most fervent prayers to be answered, sometimes for a very long time.
I’m not a patient person by nature. But I’ve discovered that not getting what I want when I want it is one way God gets me ready for whatever it is I most desire. Waiting gives my character a chance to mature as God prepares me for promotion. When our character doesn’t grow as fast as our calling, look out! Yet I’m tempted to walk away from my dream altogether than wait for it. Why? Because waiting is painful. Grinding. Frustrating. Boring. Out of my control. In short, waiting is hard work.