Carolina Panthers: Your Weakness Is Why You’ll Win

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Faith

My Carolina Panthers are going to the Super Bowl! It’s hard to believe. If you’re not a football fan, this post will still apply to you so don’t tune out yet. (But while we’re on the topic, there’s plenty of room on the band-wagon to cheer for our boys! Go Panthers! #KeepPounding) If you haven’t followed the storyline this year, …

Going Backwards Is Moving You Forward

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Faith, Personal Stories, Thought Provoking

God has been talking to me about slingshots and rubber bands lately. I realize that may not seem like something God would really spend a lot of time talking about with people, but He knows what reaches me. When I was a little boy I had many slingshots.  Some I bought.  Some I made.  Basically every ‘Y’ shaped stick I …

Are You Humble Enough To Appear Arrogant?

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Faith, Thought Provoking

The concept of arrogance seems clear enough.  If someone is ‘full of themselves’ or ‘uber self-focused’ then they are arrogant, right?  I’m certainly not suggesting that blatant arrogance is anything other than… blatant arrogance.  However, I have been extremely stirred lately on the topic of humility and the different forms humility takes. While I certainly think pride is a vicious …

What is Your ‘Response Ability’?

Nathan Smith Bible, Faith, Family, Life Skills

How well do you respond to situations in life?  Many of us have a strong sense of responsibility depending on our upbringing and life circumstances.  Even for those that may be a little more ‘loosy-goosey’ there is an understanding that certain situations demand action more than others, even if simply out of a sense of duty.  However, beyond our sense …

3 Keys To Managing Expectations This Christmas

Nathan Smith Christian Maturity, Faith, Life Skills

Christmas time can be a season of unreal, unmet expectations.  If we’re not careful the joy of the season can be robbed by the pressure and disappointment of expecting one thing and receiving another.  Since Christmas is to be the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, I have often wondered if it was like that for Mary, …