8 Ways to Live On Beyond Your Own Lifetime.

As I continue to build my newest website and blog at Coach Don Newman I continue to add new content and articles on how to live a victorious and overcoming life. My latest article is one my most exciting of all. I encourage you to take a look at the article below, note if you like it and sign up to receive future postings. In time I will be moving away from this site to my newest website and blog.

Here is the article on “8 Ways to Live On Beyond Your Own Lifetime.”

8 Ways to Live Beyond Your Own Lifetime.

 

 

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A book that was written for 2017

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When I first started writing a book in 2015, I had no idea what it was going to be called. Like every other author, you select a title so you can call it something. My first working title was called the “The Joesph Response.” The title came from the comparison I was forming between the struggles I was overcoming in life and those of Joseph found in the book of Genesis. Later on, I changed the title to “Respond Up.” The common truth “Respond Up” is found in the importance of how we choose to respond in difficult or challenging times. How we choose to respond to those times really does determine where we end up in this life. As many people already know, Joesph moved from the “Pit to the Palace,” due to how we responded to the pit. The great news is that each of us can move forward in life if we will only learn to “Respond Up”, especially when we are in the pit.

When I started writing “Respond Up” in 2014, I didn’t know what year it would be finished. I also didn’t have a clue what our world would be like when it became available for people to read. I now believe God meant this book for now because I can not remember a more difficult year. From the political division to the multiple natural disasters to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, we need a message of hope and direction.

Here are some endorsements for “Respond Up”

“This book will be a life message for countless people. Don does an incredible job challenging us to live a God-first life despite what the world throws our way. I have been personally inspired to prepare to respond instead of reacting as things come.”
—Justin Dailey, Lead Pastor of Action Church in Orlando, Florida

“Don’s book Respond Up, is a book full of incredible application. Many times we read God’s word but aren’t sure how to apply it to our lives. Respond Up does a great job bridging that gap. Don writes about things we all face in life and then paints a beautiful picture of how to see God at work in the middle of it all. If you’re like me and find it easier to react than respond, reading “Respond Up” will challenge you and equip you for responding up, instead of just reacting.”

Nick Terry, Chaplain, NASCAR and Motor Racing Outreach

“Throughout my career as a high school and college football coach, I have collected and read many books on leadership. I not only sought to be a good leader but I wanted to instill in my players the principles of leadership. In “Respond Up” Don dissects the life of Joseph and shows us how he responded to the difficulties in his life and how God used his circumstances to mold him into a great leader. In his book, Don shares with us his personal stories of how he used Gods principles of leadership and how to “Respond Up” to all of life’s challenges. I highly recommend “Respond Up” to anyone in a position of leadership and to those who mold young lives.”

Coach Rick Smith, Retired College Football Coach, East Carolina Pirates

I really believe that “Respond Up” is the right book for the right time. Our nation needs a message of hope and answers. We need direction on what do we do next and how do we respond to the difficulty that seems all around us.

You order “Respond Up” on Amazon by clicking here Respond Up

You can read more about me by going to my new website and blog at Coach Don Newman

My New Website, Blog and Book!

If you have enjoyed my blog site, 365to50, I want to let you know that I will be moving to a new website and blog site. This new site, CoachDonNewman.com will have the same great content as my old site but with a whole lot more. To go to my new site and sign up for my weekly blog post just click Coach Don Newman.

I also want to let each of you know that I finally wrote my very first book and it is really doing well on Amazon. In fact, it got as high as #5 on Amazon’s New Hot Releases List. You can go to Amazon to read about and preorder the book. Just follow this link Respond Up.

I am looking forward to hearing from each of you as I launch my new book and my new website.

Blessings,

Don Newman

What should we do now?

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There is no doubt that we are experiencing some very troubling times in America and throughout the world today. While there are many that believe that we may be in the last days, including myself, the question is what should we now do? How would Christ direct us to act?

Before I share my heart on that question, I want you to know that I am a retired State Trooper from Florida. I have been deeply affected by the recent events in Dallas, Texas as five of my brother Law Enforcement Officers lost their lives while defending the constitutional rights of Americans. But, I also know that there are communities and families that have also been impacted by the loss of their loved ones involved in incidents with Law Enforcement Officers. Their pain is just as real as those who lost loved ones in Dallas and we should all mourn for everyone that has lost any family member. My blog today is not to debate these issues but call us to a greater issue.

You see, I really don’t believe the ultimate answer to our situation is more debate and argument. It only leads to more polarization and lack of understanding between everyone. Does anyone remember the days when politicians of opposite parties actually liked each other? I think we have had enough of the great divide. Most everyone has grown tired of the current debates and arguments as they have done little to actually change our society for good. Today more than ever, we need God! What would Jesus instruct us to do if he were standing right in front of us at this very moment? I will go back to the late Dr, Martyn Lloyd-Jones and what he did when he took the pulpit in a church called located in Southern Wales called Sandfields.

The year was 1927 and the country of Wales was in great distress. The area that Dr Jones was in, Port Talbot, was particularly hard hit as there had been labor disputes for many years and the economy was as bad as it could get. There had also risen a steady decline in spirituality in the area as many believed that both the government and the church had failed them. It was a time when crime of every type was on the rise. People had abandoned the church and now they were abandoning the laws of society.  Add to that the rise of the Communist party that was looking to take advantage of this void and before long it was becoming hopeless.

While many of Dr. Jones contemporary Christian leaders were trying to bring change through the avenue of politics and social change, Jones took a different approach, one that I believe that we need to revisit today. As many continued to push for reform in the government, seeing that as the solution, Dr. Jones exclaimed that the greatest need wasn’t government reform but reform within the hearts and souls of men.

In an article written by Dr Paul M. Elliott titled Can God Change a Nation Through One Local Church? the following is stated about Jones and how he planned to approach the problems of his day.

He believed that the crying need of the hour was not reform in government, the school classroom, the economy, or even in public morality. The greatest need, he said, is spiritual rebirth among the unconverted and revival among God’s people. This can only come by the work of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the Bible. All else flows from this, he said. There can be no genuine change in the externals of society without genuine change in the hearts of men. And that change must begin in the church.

The changes that came after Dr. Jones took this position were dramatic. Many say that as the church was revived and used to change the area of Port Talbot, that God used that one local church to actually change a Nation. In fact Dr, Jones, this preacher from a small community in Wales, is actually recognized as one of the two men most responsible for saving his country from Communism. You can read Dr Elliott’s entire article here through Teaching the Word Ministries  at this link: Can God Change a Nation Through One Local Church?

Today more than ever, we do not need more debate and arguments about the issues we are all faced with. There are plenty of people doing that for all of us.What we do need is more people calling for the Power of God and a genuine revival in the church. I really believe that now is the hour for all of us that call ourselves Christian, to enlist and let our lives count for God.

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There are three things I believe every Christian should do during this difficult time.

  1. Turn to God. He is our answer in our time of need. Lets pray as Dr. Jones prayed, for God to save the lost and bring revival to the church.
  2. Return to Our Roots. Prayer, Bible Study and sharing the good news of Christ through word and deed. There is nothing wrong with other activities that reach and serve the community, in fact they are good works we were created for, but they can not substitute for God’s power to change lives, beginning with our own.
  3. Be Humble and Kind. Tim McGraw may have sang it but Jesus modeled it. No one wants anything from an angry or proud Christian. “It doesn’t cost anything to be kind but it really pays off” Bear Bryant. Let’s be kind, even to those we disagree with.

I really believe that one local church or even one local person can make a difference if they will start with God. Will you join me in praying for our country and the church during the month of July? Let me know if you will. I don’t know what will actually happen, only that I must do what He is leading me to do.

Blessings,

Coach Don.

 

 

 

Keep Pedaling

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As I was on my morning bike ride, I came across this sign. I’ve seen it thousands of times during my lifetime, but today it was speaking to my heart. As I was training for my next triathlon, I was praying about getting through a current rough patch of life. Nothing serious, but aggravating none the less.

As I saw this sign God reminded me that any trouble we experience has a limited lifespan. In short, it will eventually end. Like the road project in your city that may seem like it will never end, it will eventually end. The question God asked me within my heart was this “What will you do during that portion of “Road Work”? “Complain, Doubt, Quit? Or will you keep pedaling”?

I answered that I would keep pedaling because it would eventually end, and I want to enter the “Good Section” of road right on time and not a minute behind. No matter what you are going through today, Keep Pedaling. Happy 4th everyone.

What are you looking forward to?

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As you look at other people throughout the day, try to notice those that either look happy or content. Now, if you dare, and if you feel comfortable, ask one or two of them what are you looking forward to today? You might even phrase it as “What are you looking forward to this year or in life in general?”

In almost every instance, you will find the most content individuals will have something that they are looking forward to, either that day or somewhere in their future. What is it about having a positive future vision that causes us to be happy in our current situation?

My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. This verse makes the point that God has thoughts that He thinks about us and those thoughts are focused on a hope and a future. So what is it about having something hopeful to look forward to you that has the power to change who we are today?

  1. Having a future hope helps us endure a current negative situation. No doubt about it, having something wonderful in your future can help you endure a current situation. If you knew that the dream job was just around the corner and you were to going to get there soon, come “Hell or High Water”, you would feel different about the job you are enduring today.
  2. Having a future hope helps us see other people differently. If we have trouble seeing our own future and our own situation ever changing, we will really struggle to believe others have the ability to change as well. The optimist not only believes that they can change and become better, but also they believe others can as well!”
  3. Having a future hope helps us to do the hard work. No doubt about it, it takes hard work to change and create a new future. Having something to look forward to in the future can inspire us to work hard and pay the price for that new future. Take the summer vacation that becomes your driving force to lose weight. No matter what it is, the vision is the fuel for the journey.

The bible states in Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint. Vision for tomorrow provides power for today. Zig Ziglar used to say “Treat every day like it’s the day before vacation, and you will get more work done!” The reason that is true is because people that are getting ready to go on vacation are happy because they are looking forward to being off and being in a place that is going to be fun. The next time you have a friend or coworker that is getting ready to leave for a cruise or for a week at the beach, just ask them how they are doing?

Today you should get your calendar out and start marking some dates to look forward to. Even if you are marking dates of events that you will have to work toward or save for, just do it! Much better to fill your life with future hopes and dreams then past mistakes and current concerns. For a Christian, the future is nothing to worry about it, it is actually something to look forward to with great anticipation.

Look Forward! It will take you somewhere!

Coach Don

What if you knew that………..

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What if you knew that….

  • Your best job or a new promotion was just around the corner.
  • You were finally going to be able to lose weight and get into better shape.
  • The breakthrough you have prayed for has already begun and you are about to see it take place.
  • Your about to experience joy so deep that its actually going to make you laugh out loud.
  • Your about to receive a sum money that you were never expecting or counting on.
  • You are about to find your one true love after searching for many years.

Its amazing how much time we spend imagining what will go wrong in our lives instead of what will go right. Just Imagine if we spent the same amount time imagining what will go “Right” as we do on what will go wrong. The Bible talks a lot about our thoughts and words and how they either lead us into life or death. Into the life we want to live or into the death or destruction of the life we are meant to live.

If you could imagine your future into existence what would you choose to imagine? 

Here are three things you should do to change your thinking to think about the right things.

  1. Read the Bible. God’s word is full of what God thinks about you and your future. Just read Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. God thinks great thoughts about you and you can read them everyday.
  2. Write it down. Take 10 minutes today and write down all the wonderful things you would like to become or do. Have a positive goal sheet and revisit it often. While it doesn’t mean everything on it will become reality, it does mean that your life will be heading into the right direction. Write it down and revisit it often. Make changes as goals and dreams change over time.
  3. Talk to yourself. What are you currently saying to yourself? Is it something that you would say to your best friend or to someone you really believe in and admire? You need to be your own greatest cheerleader! Do you know how you can overcome a negative thought that you can’t stop thinking about? Talk out loud to yourself! Your tongue will overrule your mind every single time. Even if it takes several times you can win this battle when you speak positive life giving words to yourself. Your mind has to listen when you speak!

Choose today to start thinking great and mighty thoughts about yourself. God does, and He is always right!

Coach Don