As confidence in leadership of nations throughout our world wanes, we took a day to celebrate the birthdays of two bold leaders of our nation - President Lincoln and President Washington. Their strong and unthwarted beliefs in the people of this country brought much-needed courage to our young and hopeful nation. We are grateful for their leadership and the lasting influence on our nation bringing us CONFIDENT HOPE.
Abraham Lincoln left Springfield, Illinois, to become President of the United States on the day before his 52nd birthday. The threat of civil war was his to face and it was with that in mind that he spoke these words of CONFIDENT HOPE to friends and family as he departed for Washington D.C. . .
“I now leave not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of the Divine Being who ever attends me, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care (I am) commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.”
On the playing fields and courts of athletics it is this same influence that takes athletes to greater achievements. The root of this much-needed approach lies in the hands of the coaches that surround them. Instilling a sense of hopeful expectation, belief in their skills and abilities, and a reliance on the coach's directive brings both confidence and hope. The result? Just as our nation has become strong and unthwarted, so will a team that possesses CONFIDENT HOPE.
"Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence." Coach, Vince Lombardi
Jesus walked this earth epitomizing CONFIDENT HOPE. He became the hands and feet of his Father instilling in us hopeful expectation and a secure future. Just as Jesus brought eternal hope for humanity, President Lincoln brought hope to a nation as he lived out the words of the Psalmist David . . .
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Whether it is in the halls of Washington D.C, on the fields and courts of athletics, or in our daily lives, we can face an unsure future with CONFIDENT HOPE because it is IN GOD WE TRUST.
"Now faith is CONFIDENCE in what we HOPE for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Blessings . . . as you bring the CONFIDENT HOPE of our eternal "Coach" to your world.
CHECK OUT the BEHIND THE BENCH BLOG at the above tab to read about Janet's confident hope as the State Basketball playoffs approach.
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