Coach Theo and Amber


Is Jesus Real? Part 1

Download the full PDF Short Story Here: Is Jesus Real? Conversations With Gio

How would you answer when people tell your children that Jesus isn’t real?

What major historical event separates our faith from all the others?

Are you fully prepared to defend your faith?

What started out as writing cliff notes for my friends turned into this parable to my son.

Disclaimer: I copied and pasted many lines straight from Lee Strobel’s book, The Case For Christ. I didn’t want to take away from the story and distract the reader with multiple citations and references. Therefore, I simply put the page number in parentheses right after each sentence, quote, or phrase that I took from his book. Please read the preface in the PDF version linked above.


Part 1

Wonder if people just made him up?

Fall was approaching, yet even though it was late September, it was still a hot summer night. Kneeling by his bedside feeling the cool air from the ceiling fan, Gio and I began to talk. First about his Captain Underpants comic book that he just drew, then about his next birthday party that he wanted to have, then to the deep stuff about whether or not Jesus was real.

He has always done this since he was little. Gio would ask super tough questions right before he went to bed. I remember one time, at about three years old, he asked how to get to heaven. And then if he could go there soon. “Will God drop down a ladder so I can climb through the clouds?”

So I shouldn’t be surprised. He’s seven years old now. He’s thinking about stuff even more. Even though I’m extremely tired and just want to crawl to my bed, I can’t let this question pass. I need to answer it.

“Daddy, wonder if people just made him up?”

“Who, Jesus?”

“Yea. My friend said his friend said he’s just make-believe.”

Well, he’s definitely not made up. Historical facts prove it. Even non-Christian historians validate that he existed and that what he did—how he lived and died—really did happen. There’s no doubt about that.

You’ll have to be careful about listening to what others say. Most of the time they just spew out what someone else told them. They’re essentially giving you opinions based on no solid ground. Do your research. Find your facts before you claim your beliefs are right. Among the intelligent, educated, well-known scholars and historians out there, the question is not “did Jesus exist?” The only question is, “was He a man or the Messiah?”

“Alright it’s getting late buddy, time for bed.”

“But dad, wait.”

What makes the difference? How do we know?

“Oh boy. Do we really need to go there right now? Ok, let me do this fast.”

The main differentiating factor that separates Jesus from any other religion is the Resurrection. No other religions consist of a God who resurrected himself. Well, if they did, they didn’t pop up until after the New Testament, which means they copied from the story of Jesus, not the other way around.

Regardless, of all the false prophets out there who claimed to be the living God, once they physically died, so did their religious following. When Jesus died and rose again, His enormous following just began. It was the end, but it was just the beginning. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17 that the Resurrection is the very linchpin of the Christian faith: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile. You are still in your sins.” (206)

When Jesus was crucified even his disciples at first got nervous that this was all just a hoax. Then Jesus appeared to them after his death. He did what He said he was going to do and everything He preached and claimed became REAL. In fact, He appeared to many people after His death:

  • To Mary Magdalene, in John 20:10-18
  • To the other women, in Matthew 28:8-10
  • To Cleopas and another disciple on the road to Emmaus, in Luke 24:13-32
  • To eleven disciples and others, in Luke 24:33-49
  • To ten apostles and others, with Thomas absent, in John 20:26-30
  • To seven apostles, in John 21:1-14
  • He was with the apostles at the Mount of Olives before his ascension, in Luke 24:50-52 and Acts 1:4-9
  • And right before he ascended he gave the great commission to his disciples—to make disciples of all nations, in Matthew 28:16-20 (234)

“Remember the Great Commission. It’s one of the three main things that God calls you to do as a Christian. Love Him, love His people, and make disciples of all nations.

Also, keep a note of these scriptures of Jesus’ appearances. You’ll need them one day to defend what you believe and also to share with other new believers that are struggling with doubts.”


Then what happened?

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“What happened after Jesus appeared to people after his Resurrection?”

I paused for a second. It’s getting late. Don’t think about the clock. These are amazing questions I thought to myself. This is what you want your son to talk about.

I refocused, and then continued.

Well, his disciples and followers were on fire. You have to remember, even Jesus’ own brother didn’t believe he was Lord until he resurrected himself. Then his brother James believed. And guess what happened to him, he was stoned to death after announcing that his brother was the Savior.

Ten of the eleven remaining disciples (the twelfth, Judas, left the pack when he betrayed Jesus) went on a mission to talk about Jesus to everyone they could. They were beaten, imprisoned, hated. But they didn’t stop, to the point of grisly deaths. (45)

  1. Andrew was crucified and tied to the cross instead of being nailed, so he would suffer longer. He lived for two days and preached to passersby.
  2. James (son of Zebedee) was beheaded.
  3. Philip was crucified.
  4. Bartholomew was crucified, one account claiming he was skinned alive and then beheaded.
  5. Thomas was killed by local religious authorities who speared him.
  6. Matthew was stabbed in the back by a swordsmen.
  7. Thaddaeus was crucified.
  8. Simon the Canaanite was crucified.
  9. Peter was crucified and as the story goes, asked to be hung upside down so that his death would not be seen as equal to Jesus.
  10. John was the only one of the original disciples that didn’t die a violent death.

Who do you know would do that today? I know I don’t have the guts. I’m afraid that if someone put a gun to my head and told me to recant my faith, I would in order to save my life for you and your sister and your mom. I really love Jesus, Gio. But I couldn’t do what those guys did back then.

For them to literally die for the sake of telling others about Jesus means they were convinced that what they saw was real. That would be like Jesus popping up in this room right now for us. Could you imagine what would happen to us? We would never again be afraid to tell people about him. We would devote the rest of our lives to it. We wouldn’t be afraid to die doing it either, because we would know what was on the other side.

You know what, after saying that I realize that’s actually how we need to be right now. As Christians we’re supposed to die to ourselves and be willing to put our lives on the line for him. I feel Jesus. I really do. But I’m also human. To get to that point, I would need to see him.

After I yawned again, “Alright that’s a lot for tonight. Your brain is going to explode.”

“Ok. I get what you’re saying about all of this dad. His disciples were on fire. The Resurrection was the main part of the entire story. Once that happened, people really started believing. But…”

Continue To Part 2….

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Cleveland Ninja Warrior Competitor Hosts Kids Ninja Charity Event This Friday

Over 110 kids will be competing in the FMU Youth Ninja Championships this Friday, September 15, at FMU Fitness in Avon, Oh.

All age divisions from 5-12 years old are sold out, with a waiting list building in hopes that some slots will open up.

The championships consists of three stages that all competitors complete. The first stage is just about finishing. The second stage gets a little bit harder. And then the top five fastest times from stage two for boys and girls in each age group, move on to compete in stage three for a top 3 award.

Best of all, the entire event’s proceeds benefit FMU’s sister charity organization Smiles For Sophie Forever, a non-profit that directly supports children and families affected by pediatric cancer.

The event is hosted by Season 9 Cleveland American Ninja Warrior competitor Paul “Theo” Theodore. Known as Coach Theo in the community, Coach Theo fell on the razor’s edge at the downtown Cleveland course, nixing his chances of moving on to the city finals.


“Either way, opportunities like this are just another chance for me to bring back a learning experience for all of my kids. This time, I came back wanting them to see that falling in the water is ok. And then I got inspired by the whole experience to make our Ninja Tournament better than ever.”

This will be FMU’s fifth ninja championships. And on Friday they are doing something they’ve never done before—setting up the entire course outside on the front lawn, in a linear set up, just like the show’s.

“It’s big. It’s going to take a lot of work. But to give our kids this type of experience is priceless and makes it all worth it. Lots of people from this community will rise up to the occasion to make it happen.” 

If you find yourself driving down Jaycox Rd. in Avon on Friday night from 4-10 pm, honk when you see the youth ninjas competing! Or better yet, stop over, make a small donation to Smiles For Sophie Forever, and watch the competitors in action.

FMU Fitness is a Christian-based youth and adult fitness training facility that offers athletic group training programs for all ages. You can find more information at


Live Like You’re Dying by Coach Amber

4 Powerful Action Steps to Make Every Single Day Count

What if God told you that tomorrow was your very last day here on earth? Would you have any regrets? Have you followed God’s purpose for your life? Did you take that leap of faith or run the other direction in fear? Have you been a faithful spouse or have you spent your days breaking them down? Have you been graceful with your children or do you respond to them in anger? Have you taken the opportunity to share Jesus with others, or haven’t for fear of rejection? Have you loved fully? Have you served others? Have you given willingly, sacrificially and cheerfully?

In 2015, my vivacious, 80-year-old, loud Italian grandpa passed away. He was living a perfectly normal life, before he went in to have a minor surgery on a nerve that was causing numbness in his hand. Post-surgery, he developed infections that his body couldn’t fight. He suffered for 2 months in the hospital with infections so bad his bones were literally breaking as he moved.  His energy was depleted, but somehow muttered a few words and prayed for Theo.   He told Theo to “Just keep preaching.” As he lay practically lifeless, John Mayer’s song “SAY” was playing through the hospital speakers. It was a GODINCIDENCE. The lyrics are powerful.

Have no fear for giving in

Have you fear for giving over

You’d better know that in the end

It’s better to say too much

Then never to say what you need to say again

Even if your hands are shaking

And your faith is broken

Even as the eyes are closing

Do it with a heart wide open

Say what you need to say

 I’ll never forget that song. It was a powerful message for Theo, as we felt the holy spirit working through my grandpa during his last moments here. We knew God was working through him, telling us to keep sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others. It’s not a song that you hear often. That is why, when I heard this song AGAIN randomly on August 18, 2017 there was NO DOUBT in my mind it was a sign from above. A GODINCIDENCE. This wasn’t just a normal day. It was the same day of our sweet Piper Samuels visitation, who went to heaven just 5 days earlier. A sign I had been praying for. I knew that God wanted me to Say what HE NEEDS me to say. It may not impact you, but it’s meant to share. I hope it can change the heart of at least one person.

Live Like You’re Dying is a chapter in Coach Theo’s book, Conversations With Gio. If you haven’t read it, you need to. It’s an absolute game changer. I forgot this until I was having a conversation with him this morning. I said, “Theo! I feel compelled to share this blog. God is calling me to do it.” He laughed at me and with encouragement said, “That is awesome, but you DO KNOW that is already a chapter in my book. Didn’t you read my book????” I guess great minds think alike. Great minds also think differently. In Theo’s book, he offers up questions to reflect upon. Questions like: How do you want to be remembered when you die? What matters most to you? What do you want to accomplish? In this blog, I want to offer 4 powerful action steps to take in order to live each day like it’s the last! Die to yourself. Give. Serve. Love.


In order to fully understand what it means to LIVE, you first must die. Figuratively, not literally. The New Testament teaches us that dying to yourself is part of being born again. The old self dies, and the new self comes to life. It can happen once and also be a life-long process. Jesus spoke to his disciples about taking up their cross and following him. The cross symbolizes love, mercy and grace. Once you let Jesus into your life, you no longer live but HE lives within you. You must first let go of your sinful, selfish pleasures and in turn pursue what will please GOD.

This is not an easy task and something I need to be reminded of daily. A true follower, needs to follow the Lord in whatever ways he leads. Our pride tells us to focus on our own feelings, wants, and desires. But the CROSS is a reminder to focus on HIM.

My life has drastically changed since I let Jesus into my heart and started following him. My attitude, my thoughts, my actions, the words that come out of my mouth are different. By no means am I trying to portray “perfection”. Heck No. Not even close. In fact, every 28 days I think my whole family is ready to pack their bags and move to a new state! I’m still a work in progress. We all should be.

Raised an only child, I always thought life was supposed to be about me. My adolescence was filled with some hurtful memories.  Memories that consist of abuse and depression (not from my loving parents).  My old self would think, “Why is this happening to me?” Or, “I don’t deserve this.” Truly dying to oneself can free you from the hurt, pain and suffering. My new self in Christ is reminded of the precious gift of eternal life that I have been given. It has allowed me to heal, to forgive, and to be fully restored. The only person holding you back from these things is YOU. So, let go and let GOD. Pray hard, surrender the control, trust in him, seek him out and be still. It gives you the power to forgive, give, serve and love. It gives you the power to LIVE every single day like it’s your last.

#itsnotaboutyou #butitstartswithyou


We are living in a society in which everyone is trying to keep up with the Joneses. I see women altering their bodies, purchasing the latest designer bags, big houses and SUV’s, high end clothes. I can often get caught up in the same thought process. Not because I covet these things, but because it’s become a normal part of our society. More, more, more. Lack of contentment. If everyone else is doing it, then I should too right? Its then when I need to ask myself, If I were to die tomorrow would any of these things matter? Am I trying to please MAN or am I trying to please GOD? None of these material pleasures can be taken to heaven with us. It is all left here.

If you want to live like it’s your last day here, then GIVE. Give what you cannot take with you to heaven, EVERYTHING. God tells us to give. I’m not saying you can’t spend or save your money or buy things you want. But God loves a cheerful, willing giver that is done in accordance with their means. When you look at the root of why you are purchasing or desiring to have something, is it because you want to please yourself/someone or is to please GOD?

Today I experienced the Walmart grocery pick up service. Just giving it a try. I parked next to an extremely angry woman with two kids in her car. She screamed at the attendant for not having her groceries ready. As the attendant brought my groceries out to my car, I could see the lady next to me grow angrier. My anxiety started to heighten and I just wanted to get the heck outta there! My sinful self was getting really annoyed at her. Jesus wouldn’t walk away though. The holy spirit nudged me, what if one simple random act of kindness could make her smile? So, I pulled out, rolled down my window and said, “Hi there. I can tell you are very frustrated your groceries are not ready. I’m so sorry. Is there anything I can get you while you wait? Would your kids like a snack?” She proceeded to share with me that both of her kids were sick and vented for the next ten minutes.  I just listened but she SMILED and thanked me. What a simple gift to give. But its GIVING. We have been GIVEN the most precious GIFT by Jesus himself-eternal life. Why waste the opportunity to give?

Other ways you can give: share the news of Jesus without hesitation or fear, tithe at church, make a donation to a charitable organization, buy food for the homeless, pay someone’s toll, pay for a struggling family’s meal, offer to babysit, redirect gifts. Instead of having people give you birthday or Christmas gifts, ask them to donate to a certain charity instead. Smile and be friendly. You never know how great your impact can be on someone even from the smallest forms of giving. You never know what kind or hurt of painful situations they might be going through. The giving can then multiply and people will pay it forward. Sometimes giving doesn’t even have to be monetary, it can be done in other ways such as serving or loving.


“Even the son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). The bible talks a lot about serving.  Theo’s life verse is “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of others. In your relationship with one another, have the same mindset as JESUS” (Philippians 2:3-5).

I used to be so regimented with my own daily activities, schedule, work, workout, just to name a few. Then I had my son. I had no idea what life would be like being dictated by another little human being. I laugh now looking back. I thought I knew everything about how to care for a newborn. I was literally considered “the best nanny”. I took care of countless families and was always the first to be called on the babysitter list. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew it would be a piece of cake. I threw that out the window real fast!

Parents serve their children daily. We change diapers, prepare meals, do homework, launder clothes and sheets, take them to and from activities, cheer them on at sporting events, pay for their schooling, lead them in Christ. We are servants…. A better word might be slaves. We are slaves to our children!

In all seriousness, if you are a parent you better serve your children and then teach them to become independent servants of OTHERS. In order to make a BIG impact they need to see YOU serving others.

If today was your last day, would you be the one to help someone who has a flat tire on the side of the road? Or the one who drives by thinking someone else will help? Would you hold the door for people? Would you go out of your way to help someone even when its inconvenient? Our motto at FMU is #itsnotaboutme. We do countless service projects in our community. We do it because God calls us to do it, not because we want praise. There are so many little eyes watching and little ears listening. Make. Every. Second. Count.

There are many ways to serve. God has given you your own unique gifts and talents. Everyone is different. Start by making a list of those gifts and talents.  As opposed to your own self recognition, think of ways you can serve others with these gifts. Some of my God given gifts are being able to organize, manage and delegate. Sometimes I wonder why I couldn’t have just been given the gift of singing or the lung capacity of a long-distance runner. Of course, it’s because God has a plan and it wasn’t for me to be a good runner. While I am still a work in progress, I used to use this for my own advantage. I used to get my way all of the time, especially being an only child. While they may not be deemed the coolest gifts, I have now focused these qualities for GOOD on events like Hitman Challenge (Roc4NBCure) and Smiles For Sophie Forever Bash N Dash, raising thousands of dollars for pediatric cancer. These events benefit so many families fighting this terrible disease. Had I never starting using Gods gifts to serve, imagine all the families who wouldn’t have been helped. That is not meant to be a pat on the back because, trust me, I can always do a much better job of serving. Don’t wait until it’s too late. I challenge you to tap into your gifts and use them to serve, like today was your last.

Other ways you can serve is volunteer at charity events, stop to help someone in need, teach someone a skill you know. Teaching your spouse how to clean the toilet- ok that doesn’t count. My neighbor will sometimes have the entire neighborhood in his yard to play baseball. He is serving the kids and parents in his community and he LOVES it.  Its setting an example. I think it’s something these kids will never forget and will pass on to their children. Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds that glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Comfort someone in grief and help them with the healing process, lend your ear to someone who needs to vent, encourage someone who wants to get active by asking them to go for a jog/walk, cut your neighbors grass or offer to walk their dogs, and LOVE people.


We are living in a broken world with increasing violence, hate crime, racism, prejudice, drugs, and divorce. It is filled with people who hurt us over and over, time and time again. These things don’t come from love.  If we rely on PEOPLE we will never truly feel loved or be able to FULLY LOVE others. We will be endlessly searching to fill a “void”.  The only one who can truly satisfy the human heart is the one who made it.

Love, in my opinion, is the most powerful action step of all. If today was your last day would you have any regrets regarding LOVE? Have you been patient and kind or envious and rude? Do you insist on your own way, are irritable and resentful? Are you letting your own pride ruin your relationships with your spouse and family? Do you rejoice at wrongdoing or rejoice with the truth? Do you love those who hurt you the most? Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is LOVE. (1JOHN 4:8) So I challenge you to be THE PROOF of his LOVE!

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy

 but don’t love I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate

 If I speak Gods word with power

 Revealing all of his mysteries

And making everything as plain as day

And if I have faith to say to a mountain “jump” and it jumps

But I don’t LOVE I’m nothing

If I give all I earn to the poor or even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr    But I don’t love I’ve gotten no where

So, no matter what I say, no matter what I believe, no matter what I do

I’m bankrupt without LOVE

So, let my life be the proof, the proof of your love.”

(1 Corinthians 13)


The bible is endless with scripture on love. It is our duty to love because God first loved us. He loves us when we are happy, when we are sad and when we are hurting. He even loves us when we are hateful and try to shut him out. He tells us to love and pray for our enemies in Matthew 5:44. THIS. IS. SO. HARD. It’s easy to see that Love doesn’t put self-first. In fact, he puts US first. His love NEVER FAILS so why should ours? No matter how badly you have messed up and think he could never forgive you, he is waiting for you to call him back into your heart. GOD sent his one and only son to die on the cross so that we may have eternal life. Come on, it’s really simple! That’s how much love he has for us. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

My challenge to you is to be the proof of God’s love. Love with your whole heart like today were your last day. You have so much love to give, why keep it tucked away for yourself?

There are many ways you can show love to someone. Not everyone’s “love tank” is filled the same way. Tap into people, learn their story and find out what makes them feel loved. Even your enemies (insert vomit emoji). A little can go a long way. You would be surprised how some people don’t even experience a single ounce of love on a daily basis.  Hugs, compliments, notes, encouraging words, quality time, being a good listener, acts of service, gifts of appreciation, forgiveness, prayer, sacrifice, sharing the message and hope of Jesus Christ are just a few examples of how to love like Jesus. They could change someone’s life.

This brings me back to my whole inspiration behind writing this. PIPER SAMUELS. Kari, Piper’s mom shared with us at Pipers Life Celebration, just before she passed away how she wanted everyone to know just how much she loved them. Times a million. Or something to that extent. She was living proof of GOD’s love for us. Despite the amputation, countless treatments, pokes, prods and the end of it all she wanted to let people know she LOVED them. Her love never failed, his love never fails and ours shouldn’t either.


Final Thoughts

“Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.” (Psalm 90:12) Life is short. God can take us at any moment. After all, we are his children. HIS creation. He wants us to choose our days wisely. We may never truly understand the impact we have in this world; and sometimes its seems as though we could be doing so much more. We have to be obedient and humble before the Lord, seeking him out every day in prayer for guidance. If you were given one final day on earth, I hope you would make it count. I challenge you to be the one who opens doors, spares their change, loves the ones who hurt you most, shares the news of Jesus, takes that leap of faith, walks humbly, is the voice of reason, prevents conflict and is an example. I am challenging myself to not just go through the motions but to LIVE IT OUT, be bold and without hesitation.

I recently gave bracelets engraved with the words LIVE IT OUT to some friends of mine. It is a symbol of our sisterhood in Christ, but also a reminder to live out our faith and to be bold about it. It is already changing their thoughts, words and actions. It is already starting conversations. Will you join us in the challenge?  (If you would like to order a bracelet for an everyday reminder to LIVE IT OUT, you can do so here: )

It’s not about you, but it starts with you. Take up the cross, be renewed in Christ, and live passionately by giving, serving and loving just like Jesus did. It may just be an absolute game-changer for you and everyone in your life.

Coach Amber

Live Like You Know Whose You Are

Dr. Suess was a genius. He decided that when he couldn’t rhyme words, he would make up his own. Did you ever read his book, “There’s a Wocket In My Pocket?” It sounds like something I made up as a kid.


“Did you ever have a feeling there’s a zamp in the lamp? Or a nink in the sink? Or a woset in the closet? Sometimes I am quite certain there’s a jurtain in the curtain.” [1]

Come on, I know I made up that word jurtain. Too bad he developed this lyrical concept before anyone else did. It propelled his work in children’s literature to world renowned popularity.  His books continue to sell in the millions each year and have earned him the status of being a regular household name.

If you’re a parent, you probably have plenty of Dr. Suess books in your children’s library. And after reading these catchy books to your children, you often become a rhymer yourself.

Years ago after reading Cat in the Hat, Wocket In My Pocket, and other Dr. Suess books to my one year old son, a divine rhyme popped into my head. It hasn’t left since.

If not me then who?

Why not me? Why not you?

Whose am I? Whose are you?

Three lines. So simple. But on the brink of a major transformation in my life at that time, God wanted me to reflect on them. Here’s how I broke them down.

If not me then who? Think about it. Somebody has to do it. You can’t wait around. If there’s a need, fill it. Don’t talk, walk. Be solution focused. Start creating.

Why not me? Why not you? What do you have that I don’t have? If you can do it, I can do it. If I can do it, you can do it. Who’s it gonna be?

Whose am I? Whose are you? I know where my identity lies. I know whose I am. With God on my side, anything is possible. If you think you can do it without him, watch what I can do with him.

Are you in a position right now where you really want to do something but haven’t yet? Are you feeling the call? Are you contemplating taking a leap? Maybe an opportunity has come your way, or maybe you found a way to create an opportunity. Are you second guessing yourself?

I get it. We’ve been there. Let me take you back to the early days of FMU. My wife Amber and I had the vision, but we didn’t have the right. We had no money, no business degrees, no experience or certifications. The economy was bad. People were losing their jobs. With a four month old child and my wife not working, I was leaving mine. On top of all of this, we didn’t have the confidence to believe we could do what God was calling us to.

Growing up poor, without much, without exposure to opportunities and certain experiences, we developed that not me mindset. “Well that’s for them, not me.” “He can do that, not me.” “Someone else is probably better suited for it, not me.”

We really had to break that conditioned mentality.  We did so by coming to terms with the fact that if something is in God’s design for us, then we have to go for it regardless of how we feel. After all, if not us then who?

At that time I also remember two distinctive things happened:

Number 1: It seemed like God was revealing other business owners to me and I started noticing that some of them were really weird. No seriously, not trying to be funny, but I am. God was pointing out that there were some interesting people making it big, with no social skills and some not even with God by their side. They were making things happen. The message rang in my ears, “If they could do it, we could do it.” After all, why not me? Why not you?

Number 2: We said to ourselves, if we really believe what we say we believe—that God is good and he will use everything in our life for His glory and our good just as He promised, and that we can trust Him with the details of our life—then we had to put our faith to the test and show it. We knew we were writing a story for our children. If we were going to tell them to live out their faith throughout their lifetime, then our words would only hold power if we did the same.  We had to die to ourselves. After all, whose are we?

When You Know Whose You Are You Become Dangerous.

It hasn’t always been easy since we took that leap. But we knew following Jesus wasn’t supposed to be safe. All the tests we’ve faced over the years have turned into life-changing testimonies and faith builders for ourselves and others. We’re truly blessed and grateful we decided to be dangerous.

When You Know Whose You Are You Go All In.

Everything becomes about what God wants for your life. It’s no longer about you or your desires, your comfort, or your recognition. You don’t worry about the finances. You don’t over analyze the what-ifs. Whatever God says, goes. All the chips on the table. You go all in.

When You Know Whose You Are You Don’t Care What Others Think.

“Your decision about whose you are changes everything. If you choose to follow Jesus, you are no longer your own. You are not living to please yourself or other people. Instead, Jesus is the only authority and only audience for every life decision you make.” [2] You no longer care about what others think.

When You Know Whose You Are You Find Who You Are.

Maybe you’re not with me on this yet. Maybe you’re still new to this God thing and still trying to find yourself. Find God, then you’ll find yourself. Finding whose you are will help you discover who you are. In case you need to know, here’s what God says about who you are [3]:

“Dearly loved.” (Colossians 3:12)

Forgiven. (Romans 4:7)

Chosen. (John 15:19)

“A royal priesthood. (1 Peter 2:9)

The apple of God’s eye. (Psalm 17:8)

“The light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)

Heirs with Jesus. (Romans 8:17)

Friends. (John 15:14)

What else can make you feel more secure? Knowing who you are in whose you are satisfies that ultimate sense of belonging. You won’t seek it elsewhere. You won’t care if you fit in or if what you do is popular or not. You won’t seek the crowd’s approval. No stage fright. The pressure is off. You’re not the main character. Jesus takes front and center stage. There’s only one Son, no co-star. You’re performing for an audience of One and God’s rating is the only one that matters.

So stop holding back.

There’s no pressure, only motivation. When in doubt, let God wipe it out and just do what Amber and I do. We rarely know where we’re going. So when God’s story doesn’t make sense, we just pull a Dr. Seuss on life and put our own rhyme on things.

When the fear is near we overcome it with a jear.

Or when results are at stake we just smash it with a crake.

And when people are jeoples we just focus on the reoples.

When it’s time for next steps we just prep with the leps and move forward with the meps.

The point is, you will never know for certain if there’s a jurtain behind that curtain. You just need to remind yourself daily whose you are and let God overturn those doubts. He doesn’t choose the equipped, he equips the chosen. Whatever your vision, whatever your dream, whatever your goal, if God is calling you to do something, then you have to go for it no matter what and trust that it will work out the way it’s supposed to. And it’s not about you doing God a favor for following, it’s about God doing you one by inviting you.

I have a feeling that if you’re reading this right now then you’re only one decision away from living a totally different life.  What’s it going to be? Or better yet, who’s it gonna be?

If not you then who?

Why not me? Why not you?

Whose am I? Whose are you?

It’s not about us, but it starts with you.

Now get out there and live like you know whose you are today. And it may just be an absolute game-changer for you and everyone in your life.

Coach Theo

[1]: Dr. Seuss, Wocket In My Pocket.

[2]: Lead Like Jesus, Page 25.

[3]: Lead Like Jesus, Page 26.

You Won’t Beat That Wall Without It

Confidence was the theme of this week for summer camps. We talked with the kids about what it means and why it matters.

One of our kids came to the middle after practicing hard on the warped wall. When we asked what confidence means he answered, “Believing that I will get up that wall.”

I told him and the other kids, “Even though that’s partly correct, it’s not always believing that you’ll win or attain something. Confidence is believing that you’ll attack that wall with every ounce of energy, effort, and perseverance that you can muster up. And in the end, you may not get the wall when you want it. It may take time and it’s all on God’s time. But believing that you’ll give it everything you’ve got, with whatever you’ve been given, at any given time, is confidence.”

Confidence Doesn’t Always Come Naturally

Some people were born way more confident than others. Others have to dig deep to find it. I think adults can do a better job of instilling confidence in all children by coaching realism not just optimism. In regards to performance, it’s ok to say, “I don’t know if I’ll win.” “We’ll see if I win.” “I’ll try to win.” You don’t have to say, “I’m gonna win,” because you honestly don’t know that.

How many times have you thought you were going to dominate something but then the total opposite happened and you lost? Or how many times did you surprise yourself with achieving something you never thought was imaginable? I’ve been in both situations. That’s why I’ve learned to humble myself and rest on the fact that I’m not going to even try to predict the results or the outcome. God already knows it. All I can do is prepare, attack, and do my part. God does the rest.

Confidence Grows From Experience

Like training your muscles, you can train your confidence. When I step to the start line of a 5k now, I can honestly say there’s not an ounce of nerves. No thoughts pop into my head except for these—you put in the training, there’s nothing else you can do, get ready to go and see what happens!

But when I think back to my first 5k ever, I remember being a nervous wreck! I was so nervous I was trying to come up with every excuse I could to walk out of that crowd.

All of my 5k experiences since then are what built my confidence. I finally “get it.” I know the drill. I know the routine. I know what’s going to happen—you just run and you’ll see what happens!

The same will happen for you when you stop saying no and just get to that start line. Believing doesn’t always happen until action does. Whether you are certain you can do something or not, force yourself into action and through the experience(s) the self-belief will come.

Ultimate Confidence Comes From God

Remember when you didn’t get that job you wanted? Or think back when you didn’t get selected for that position or team? How did you feel when you got dumped by that girlfriend or boyfriend you liked so much?

The belief from within may grow when you win, but what happens when you lose? Self-defeating thoughts take over and it takes everything in you to fight those negative emotions away.

That’s why I say ultimate confidence comes from God. When you know that God’s opinion is the only one that matters, you don’t care what yourself or others think. Who cares what you look like when you fall or mess up or take your hits. You know God loves you no matter what, and there’s no mistake too big that could ever take that away.

Plus, even though you have to take responsibility in your life and do your part. He’s the architect of your days and has the final say.

As Psalm 139:16 states:

“You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.”

The scripture of the week for our summer camps is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Not “You can win all things.”

But you can do it.

You can endure it.

You can put in the effort.

You can do your part.

Is there a wall that you’ve been shying away from? I encourage you to go up to it. Face it head on. Believe that you’ll attack it with every ounce of energy, effort, and perseverance that you can muster up.

Then go for it and confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

It may just be an absolute game-changer for you and everyone in your life.

Three Mistakes Christians Make

Would you believe that I haven’t always been a Christian? In fact, throughout high school and college I didn’t even want to talk about God.

Hypocrites pushed me away from faith.

Can you relate?

People push people away from church. If you listen to someone talk about why they don’t believe in God or why they don’t go to church, they usually share incidents that happened with other human beings, not God. Often they experienced Christians who were not authentic, and said one thing yet did another.

Thankfully I met a few people at a pivotal point in my life who were the opposite. They were real. They didn’t judge. They didn’t pretend to be perfect. They didn’t force their faith on me, but they weren’t afraid to boldly represent their love for God either. Because of them I ran back into the church with a thirst to learn more.

Many Christians are responsible for pushing people away from God. My challenge to those of us who say we are Christians is start acting like it. In order to attract others to his greatness, we need to be intentional with our faith. And here are three ways we can start living it out.

1. We Need To Stop Judging People

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” (Matt 7:3).

Being a good judge of character is not a bad thing. Bad judging, the judging that is prideful and malicious towards another human being, is bad.

I’m guilty. Initial judgment pops into my heart probably just as much now as it did when I wasn’t a Christian. I judge unhealthy people, I judge rich people, and I judge people when I go to Walmart. The difference now is that I pause to check myself. With Jesus is in my heart, I’m forced to stop, think and see the heart in everyone just as He always does. I’ll admit, sometimes this is really hard.

We were born sinners. It’s hard to eliminate emotions that come naturally. We can however, change how we internalize them. We can stop judging others and consider maybe they just don’t know the good news of Jesus yet. Or maybe they mean well but are having an extremely bad day and were caught at the wrong time.  Maybe their heart is good but we need to hear their story.

How many times have you met someone who gave you a bad first impression? So bad you didn’t want to be around them? Then you got to know them and now you’re great friends.  My wife thought I was cocky the first time she met me. I was so nervous I didn’t talk.  At first, she associated me being quiet to being cocky. Thankfully, she sought me out and was able to see straight to my heart. She gave me a chance. Just like Jesus did.

What really helps to stop judging people is when you are reminded that you’re not perfect.

2. We Need To Stop Acting Like We’re Perfect

Many believers understand this major point: we are not perfect. Jesus was the only one who will ever claim that title. If we acknowledge how messed up we are, we are propelled to grow stronger in our faith because of how much we know we NEED God in our lives. Church should not be a place to celebrate our perfections, but more like a hospital to get another prescription of much needed medicine.

Sometimes people will put on fronts and facades just so you think they have it altogether. We assume because we see Facebook and Instagram lined with happy family photos, that they must have the perfect marriage and children. This is why it’s really good for us to share our vulnerabilities, be transparent, and be authentic.

While we should encourage each other to be pumped up Christians and get excited about the blessings of God and what He’s doing in our lives, we just also need to be real and share that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. I don’t have a perfect marriage. I’m not a perfect husband or father. I don’t always have a loving heart.

Listen to what the apostle Paul says:

But He (Jesus) said to me. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor 12:9)

There’s power in being genuine and real. When we are honest about our struggles and challenges, it not only forces us to heal and grow on a personal level, but it also draws people near to us—and in turn, to Jesus.

The relatability from sharing our vulnerabilities will make us stronger and move us to become higher impact Christians for those around us. Plus it separates us from acting like everyone else.

3. We Need To Stop Acting Like Everyone Else

Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. So obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.” (Matthew 23: 1-3)

Churches are like gyms. Millions of members are attending, but only a small percentage look like it.

We need to stop blending in with the crowds.

How many of you go to church on Sundays but don’t live any differently Monday through Saturday?

Is your language is still the same?

Do you still road rage?

Do you still gossip?

Do you spend your money lavishly?

Do you cheat on your spouses?

Do you over drink?

Do you get into fights?

The list could go on. Mistakes are inevitable. We’re not perfect. But as we progress into a new level of faith, our mistakes should start dwindling. It’s just like in fitness, when you first join the gym you start off slow. You ease into change. You go through phases and it takes time to get from level one to level three.

But over time if you aren’t making any progress, then it’s time to apply more effort and take it up a notch. Eventually, if you want to get in the best shape of your lives then you need to kick your old habits and adopt new ones. Same goes for your faith.

People should know within five minutes of talking with you that you are a Christian. Or how about this, they should at least know that something is different about you. Others should be able to see, hear, and feel it pretty quickly. When you’re rocked by the love and grace of Jesus Christ, your actions, demeanors, and behaviors show it.

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)

Are you ready to get to the next level?

I know I am. I’m guilty of all three of these offenses. So writing and sharing these words also serves as a strategy to push me forward.  I need to practice what I preach. Let’s hold each other accountable.

Speaking of, my friend Pastor John Jacobs (one of the people that I mentioned earlier that changed my life forever) and I will be putting on a special event in just a few weeks called Live It Out: Because It’s Not About You.  He hasn’t always been a pastor, and I haven’t always been a preacher trainer.  Wait until you hear our crazy story.

Save the date for May 5, 7pm at FMU. We’re going to share our story and how God has been working in our lives ever since we stepped out in faith just a few years ago. Plus you’ll hear the principles and action steps we’ve discovered that have truly taken our relationship with Jesus to the next level. It will be a fun and worship filled night to inspire and challenge you to gain more from your life.

Because who knows. There may be someone that hasn’t heard the message like this before. There’s a lost person out there just like old Theo, waiting to meet a Christian that doesn’t judge, that doesn’t act like they’re perfect, and that doesn’t act like everyone else. And that person may be you.

It’s not about you, but it starts with you.

Live it out today. And it may just be an absolute game-changer for you and everyone in your life.

Coach Theo and Coach Amber

Ready Or Not, Here He Comes

If a big idea hits me, I usually act on it quickly. I know that if I don’t, in a few weeks it will fade either because another big idea will come, or because the nature of our busy schedule will take over.

For example, we are videotaping our first follow along workout in a few days. The idea just came to me last week. Within a week I connected with my friend and tech partner, my FMU Fit business partner, and eight athletes from the gym and got them all scheduled and ready to go.

I’ve learned many times in my life just to Be Ready, Even If You’re Not. Be Ready, Even If The Opportunities Aren’t There Yet. Be Ready, Because One Day They Will Be.

Truth be told, we’ve been talking about doing this for over three years now. We already had a plan to do a follow along workout a long time ago. It just so happens that I created a workout last week that really sparked me to say, “Ok, this is the one we need to capture. Let’s do this already.”

Just because the opportunity isn’t there yet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be ready for it. Sometimes it will come quickly! Don’t you want to be on your toes and ready to go for when it does?

Often when a vision comes to you and you decide to act on it, there will be an interim period, or down time, where nothing is really happening. You hit a stand still. You developed the blueprint, you came up with a marketing plan, you told people about it, but now what? You’re ready to step out, but how? Should you really do this? Is this what God wants for your life? Maybe you don’t have the space. Maybe you have the concept but not the clients. Or maybe you have the design but not the funds.

You may have steps one through three complete but now you’re waiting for step four. Where is it?

Or maybe you barely got step one done and you’re already frustrated because you want to accelerate to step ten! Hold up, stay focused on the bigger picture. God has plans.

In the meantime, there is always something you can be doing. You can do your homework. You can research. You can find someone else in the industry and follow what they are doing. You can meet with someone and pick their brain. You can and most certainly should keep praying about it. And you need to at least dabble in and try some things. Fail faster like we always tell our athletes at the gym.

Reaching your vision doesn’t happen overnight. When a big idea hits you, you can’t always act on it in a week and get the cameras rolling and athletes working out on the set. Most of the time, it will take some prep work and it will happen on God’s time. But even if the opportunities aren’t there yet, be ready for when they are.

Let’s look at something God says in the bible that relates to this.

Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

This is a very popular scripture with a powerful punch. The verse is deeper than we think though. Jeremiah was going through a difficult time trying to serve his people, the Jews, and the Lord. God was prepping him because he was about to put Jeremiah through an even longer time of difficulty—about seventy years before he would free the Jews from exile back to their promised land, Israel. God was saying, look Jeremiah, the work you’re about to do for me will stink right now. But trust me, some day it will have a major impact on all the people you serve.  I know these aren’t the ideal plans for you right now. But stay focused on the bigger picture! Just be ready. I have plans. God was instilling in him hope for the future. Isn’t it something we all need to be reminded of daily?

Regardless of the back story, let’s focus on that first part, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.

God has plans.

We all know this. Most of the time, we don’t know what those plans are. It can be confusing, scary, and stress us out.

I’m sure there were many times Jeremiah asked, really God, how much longer?

I’m sure there were many times he cried as he waited. (Actually he did. He was known as the weeping prophet).

I’m sure he had a hard time finding contentment in his current situation.

As you strive to make your vision become a reality, you may do the same.

God doesn’t tell Jeremiah it will be easy. He doesn’t assure us that either.

He just assures us to be ready, even if we’re not, because He has plans.

I’m wondering what your prayers look like. Do you ask God to make things happen? Or do you ask him for the opportunities to make things happen? And are you ready for when He places the call on your heart and gives you the opportunity to make things happen?

“One of the exciting things about being a believer is watching God unveil his plan for our lives. On one hand we have no idea what he desires to do through us. At the same time we are called to make ourselves available. Envisioning the future and planning for it are parts of the availability process.” (Andy Stanley, Visioneering)

God is going to do His part. In the meantime, you need to do yours. This way, when He tells you it’s time to get that video shoot done, you’ll be ready to rise to the occasion, recruit your friends and video crew, and make it happen in a matter of days.  You’ll still give him all the credit. But imagine the confidence and contentment you’ll feel when you know that you at least did your part.

And guess what? Be ready. Because you’ll need to do it again.

Coach Theo’s New Year’s Sermon: Let’s Go!

Why aren’t you getting things done already?

Why do you keep saying you’re going to do something but you don’t?

Why haven’t you wrote that book yet?

Why haven’t you switched careers yet?

Why do you keep saying you’re going to get in shape but you haven’t?

Why do you keep complaining about your faults but haven’t changed them?

Why do you keep waiting for God to hand you things but you refuse to do your part?


I’m going to tell you the three reasons why in a second.


Maybe no one has told you like it is.

Maybe people keep telling you what you want to hear.

Maybe people don’t want to hurt your feelings.

Maybe you refuse to listen.

Maybe you know but you don’t want to admit it.

Because if you do, then something has to change.

And change is hard. It’s more comfortable staying like you are.

Your defenses pop up.

Your ego needs protected.


But can I have permission to tell you how it is?

Can I have permission to speak the truth in love to you right now?

Can I be the one that stops sugar coating things and keeps it real with you?

Can I tell you to stop playing games and just go already?


I love you too much to allow you to keep going like this.

I care about you too much to tell you what you want to hear.

I want too bad for you to chase what’s good for you.

Can you trust me that I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t believe it…

If I didn’t do it…

If I didn’t know you needed it.


I’ve come to a point in my life where I’m not really concerned about much more other than this:

How’s your family? Are your relationships strong and prospering?

How’s your faith? Are you living it out?

How’s your health? Are you making it a priority?

How’s your life? Is it where you want it to be?

If you’re not doing things that are positively influencing these areas in the right direction, then you need to stop everything else until you get them right.

Stop making excuses.

Stop wasting time.

Stop waiting.

Stop just dreaming, visualize.

Stop just preaching, practice.

Stop just praying, prepare and perform.

When you want to get things done it takes full focus and concentration on the task at hand. You need to ask yourself:

How bad do you want it?

Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get there?

Some things will have to fall temporarily to the wayside. It’s impossible to do everything at once.

Sometimes you need to say the heck with everything else and get after it.

Nothing is getting in the way.

Your family will understand.

Your friends will.

And if they don’t, too bad.

There’s a lot of things it will come down to:

Awareness: do you even realize what’s going on and what needs changed?

Acceptance: do you acknowledge and take responsibility for what you can control?

Awaken: are you ready to arise and take action?

Remember Og Mandino’s four main principles:

Count Your Blessings.

Proclaim Your Rarity.

Go The Extra Mile.

Utilize the Power of Choice.

There’s not many things in life you can control but for those that you can, the power is in your hands. Make the right choices.

You choose to live or exist.

You choose to stand on the sidelines or get in the game.

You choose to make things happen or to watch things happen.

You choose to act or react.

I feel like you should know this by now. Haven’t you heard it before? I know it bears repeating. We all need reminders. Like a gust of wind, motivation can leave just as fast as it comes in. You need to be exposed to it constantly.

You need to read great books.

Write great thoughts.

Watch great acts.

Hang with great people.

And the truth of the matter is, it isn’t going to happen from anyone or anything else. The power doesn’t come from within. It comes from the power of God—from the spirit that dwells inside you.

People keep waiting around for the secret to life. You want to know what the secret to life is—the secret is there is no secret.

The secret is right in front of you but you still keep looking elsewhere to find it.

The secret is to stop making things so complicated.

The secret is to start asking the right questions.

Instead of why hasn’t it happened yet, ask how you can make it happen?

Instead of why haven’t I received more yet, ask how you can give more?

Instead of what can God do for me, ask what you can do for God?

Jesus says ask and you shall receive. “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7 NLT)

Some of you knock but you just stand there. The door opens and you barely peek your head in. You don’t even enter.

Biblical Truth is the secret and you keep running away from it.

God gave you life.

He put his one and only Son on this earth to die for you so you can get a second chance.

When you believe this, your job is not to only accept Jesus in your heart as your Lord (master) and Savior, but to then follow his standards and live the Way He wants you to.

To love God.

To love His people.

To make disciples of all nations.

Not to judge but to accept.

Not to condemn but to forgive.

Not to be served but to serve.

It doesn’t matter what title you retain, you are a Christ follower first and before all else. No matter what role you play, what setting you play it in, and with whatever characters you’re playing with, you must stick to the script—the Word of God.

What’s it going to take to get you going already?

You can’t just keep dreaming. Dreams will get you a good night’s sleep but eventually you have to wake up and do something.

While you stand back wishing and wanting, the person next to you is going to get up and do it. They don’t have anything you don’t have.

No special opportunities.

No special connections.

No special grit or will power.

Just a dedicated desire to get up and start moving.

Who said you can’t?

Who said you’re inadequate?

Who told you that you don’t have what it takes?

Was it someone else?

Or is it just in your head?

Believe it no more.

There are typically three reasons why you’re not getting the results you want. Either you’re lying, or you’re relying on will power alone, or you’re not using your time wisely.

Reason 1: You’re Lying.

You really are. You know how many times I hear people say, “I’m doing everything that I can.” No, you’re not. If you were then things would be working. You’re not doing everything right. I can say this because I’m guilty too. We all fall victim to this lie.

In all fairness, you may just not know any better. We have a training principle in the fitness world to meet people where they’re at. Not everyone has the same knowledge, perspective, and experiences. One might truly think that eating fast-food five times a week is healthy, compared to cutting back from eating it twice a day.

The point is before you think you’re out of options, recognize that you’re not, and admit that you’re not telling the whole truth.  I always say you can lie to me but you can’t lie to yourself. We are never doing everything right. There’s always another way. To keep the power of responsibility in your hands, until you’re absolutely, positively doing everything right, don’t say that you are.


Reason 2: You Keep Relying On Will Power Alone.

Will power is not enough. It’s finite, not infinite. You only have so much of it and it only occurs at certain times. Extremely healthy people don’t have any more discipline or will power than you have. They just know how to channel it. They can’t push food away from the table if it’s sitting in front of their face, they know not to buy it in the first place. They follow an important nutrition principle, that if it’s not in your house then you can’t eat it.

The more you rely on will power the more energy you use. The more energy you use the more you’ll cave into those cravings and temptations in life. Think about what happens when you keep telling yourself…


I can’t.

I gotta be stronger.

That’s extremely exhausting and taxing. Add that to all the other stressors of the day and by night, you’re throwing in the towel and giving up. Bye bye diet. Bye bye project. Bye bye goals. Looks like I’ll just have to start tomorrow.

You have to shape your path.

Filter the noise.

Eliminate distractions.

Reduce your chaos.

Change your environment.

You have to find your energy blocks.

We all have certain times of the day when we have more energy, clarity, and focus. You have to find yours and use them to your advantage. Some of you are morning people, others are better at night.

When you use your energy blocks to apply your focused intensity, you can get more done in two hours then if you fight the fight and try to do things sporadically throughout the day. Life isn’t most productive when you spend a lot of time doing minor things that occupy your time. You’ll find more peace, balance, and success when you spend a little bit of structured time completing those major things that push you forward in life.

Use your energy blocks to:

Prepare for great things.

Practice personal development and growth.

Persevere over obstacles.

And channel your will power to reap more from what you sew so that your habits can start leading to your destiny.

Reason 3: You’re Not Using Your Time Wisely

Let’s go back to telling the truth, admitting your shortcomings, and accepting responsibility.

You do have some extra time. Maybe not a lot, but you do. It’s how you choose to use it. Unless you’re a mother of a newborn or a single working parent, you do have time.

You said you don’t have time to workout yet you watched three hours of your favorite television shows.

You said you don’t have time to read but you have plenty of time to escape into your social media.

It’s better to accept responsibility and be honest and say “I do have time, I choose to devote it to other things right now.” Change doesn’t happen until you acknowledge this.

Time management is about prioritizing what’s most important to you.

If faith is, then why isn’t it on your schedule?

If family is, then why do you get everything else done but let them be an afterthought?

If exercise is, then why do you let other things get in the way?

Don’t take on more than you’re capable of.

Be wary of doing too much.

You’re not going to run your first marathon, start a new lifting program, and totally revamp your nutrition to a strict vegetarian diet all at once. It’s too much at one time. Try it, and in six weeks two out of three attempts, if not all three, will have ended.

Be realistic and practical with yourself.

Will power is not infinite.

Energy is not limitless.

Time is not endless.

Change doesn’t happen overnight.

Focused Intensity over Time, Plus God, equals Unstoppable Momentum (Dave Ramsey).

It’s finding those energy blocks, investing relentless and intense focus during those energy blocks, and staying consistent with those relentless and intense energy blocks over time, with God on your side, that produces unstoppable results.

My first book took over three years to complete. There was so much going on with the growth of our new business and our new family that I could only get to it in small waves. Finally it got to the point where I just knew I had to get it done. For thirty days straight I would wake up for our second newborn’s 1am feeding, give her a bottle, then hit the notepad as soon as I laid her back down to sleep. I would stay up and write my last few chapters until 4:30am when it was time to then hit the gym for my first class.

I don’t advocate losing sleep. Sleep is so essential to your vitality and the power of it is super underestimated. But there are phases and intervals in your life where the magnitude of a task is so profound, that you may have to put yourself on temporary overload to tackle the feat and attack with convincing authority to get it done.

At times it may seem like a magnificent obsession.

A burning desire.

A compulsive fixation that doesn’t go away.

That’s when it’s time to hunker down and dive in deep.

Don’t worry. Listen to what Jesus says, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28)

The next time you look at your schedule and think you don’t have time, shift your mental language. You do have time. How will you decide to use it?

Align your actions with your goals, your behaviors with your words, and your footsteps with your vision. Then you’ll begin using the hours and minutes God has granted you most effectively.


Where do we go from here?

The challenge of being a motivator is you want everybody to have the same passion for change and to experience the same fruit from going out on the limb.

There’s a high rate of burnout and turnover in the motivating professions because amateurs get into the field with intentions of changing the world, only to find out that most of the world doesn’t want to be changed.

Only a select few are on a true quest for life, liberty, and the pursuit of fulfillment over happiness, for significance over status, and for meaning over materialism.

All seek the answer to the universal human question, what’s my purpose in life?

But not too many do something about it.

Today has to be different.

You have to be different.

After all, you are one of God’s greatest miracles. He knows every follicle on your head and every square inch of skin that covers the intricate molecular system of your body that he miraculously designed and created.

No one has ever been, is, or will be just like you.

Implanted in you are unique God-given talents, gifts, and abilities to share with the world. Now go share them. To not will be a great disservice to others.

If you truly are grateful for this life then show it. Every day that you don’t is another day you’re taking for granted.

You woke up today.

You are alive.

You are breathing.

This simple fact alone deserves a toast and celebration.

If you don’t get on your feet and start doing something different with your life right now then you can’t feel bad for yourself anymore.

The world isn’t going to either.

If you don’t start doing exactly what God tells you to do, by following the call and mission he’s placed on your heart, then a piece of you slowly begins to die every day.

I don’t know what other reason you need to go already other than this, Because God Said So.

As a parent you expect your children to listen to your instructions and advice simply because you said so.

No questions asked.

No explanations needed.

Now just like you tell them to do, will you do the same and obey your Heavenly Father’s commands?

You’re good at giving advice, will you take it now?

Simply Because. He. Said. So.

Get out your calendars.

Schedule in your priorities.

Write down your goals of the year, month, week, and day.

Create your action plan.

Sign up for something.

Take steps.

Stick to it.

Don’t let anyone or anything interfere.

Put your hands to the plow and never look back. (Luke 9:62)

When you start to fade,

When you start to forget,

When you feel like giving up,

Remember there’s a God up there who loves you no matter what.

There’s no mistake he can’t handle.

There’s no pressure coming from Him.

He loves you just because.

He doesn’t rate you on your performance or love you anymore because of your good works, or love you any less because of your failures.

You’re never too old.

Or too far gone.

And it’s never too late.

God put His one and only son on the cross, to get scourged, tortured, and mocked, for you.

The least you can do is commit the flash of time on earth that we call life, to him.

Because at the end of the day when you walk through the gates of heaven,

And all the pain and suffering and even earthly satisfactions come to an end,

All that matters is that you sit at the right hand of God,

And you witness his arms spread wide open ready to receive you,

And you hear the whisper of His voice proclaim,

“Well done child. Well done. It wasn’t about you. And you lived like that.”


Coach Theo’s 2017 Blessing

From this day forth may you head out into the world and:

Workout continually.

Eat cleanly.

Pray fervently.

Serve wholeheartedly.

And repeat this every day for as long as you shall live.


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