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Living Your Dreams                                  April 9, 2014

Dear friends,

The quote in the Bulletin read, "Well look who's woofing now!" The UCONN
men's basketball team had just finished an improbable run through the NCAA
Tournament to claim the National Championship. The article chronicled the
challenges that the players had overcome in the last 18 months.

No one expected them to do well. They were coming off a year of sanctions. Five
players had left the program. Their Hall of Fame coach had retired and handed
over the reigns to an inexperienced assistant.

When asked how they did it, their senior guard and team leader, Shabazz Napier,
said, "We had faith in each other...We didn't listen to any doubters. We just went
out there and did what we had to do."

I love that quote. We need to hear it again and again. Too many of us let others
define who we are and what we can do. As a result we begin to believe what they
are saying. We stop trying. Before you know it we end up exactly where they said
we would and miss out on the great opportunities that God makes available to us.

Philippians 4:13 is a verse that is dear to my heart. It reads, "I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me." A lot of people know that verse. Do you
know the context? The apostle Paul uses it to thank the Philippians for the support
and encouragement that they gave him.

Paul says that they were there when no one else believed in him. Like Shabazz who
praised his team, Paul turns it around to encourage the Philippians, and all of us.
He remind us that we can do great things when we put our trust in Christ.

So what dream has God put in your heart? What is he calling you to do? The ball is
in your court and it's time to get in the game.

God bless. See you in church.

Cal