Casey SpitnaleCasey Spitnale Casey is an author, developer, coach, and teacher passionate to see others impacted by Jesus and His Word

Thieves don’t rob empty houses.

Athletes are not simply admired for their strengths, but also constantly targeted for attacks in the world of sports. In John 10:10, the enemy is likened to a thief who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy rather than nurture or build. In this context, it is no surprise that those with exceptional skills, unwavering determination, and immense potential are often the primary targets. Outsiders and naysayers aren’t seeking out weakness; they’re fixated on those who possess great strength because they perceive them as a formidable threat to their own success. Just like a predator stalking its prey, these adversaries will stop at nothing to bring down the most talented and accomplished individuals in sports.

Like a ship forging through rough waters, leaders who strive for change and growth are often met with resistance. The waves of opposition crash against them, threatening to derail their progress. But these leaders are not swayed by the tides of doubt and complacency – they possess something valuable that propels them forward: a clear vision, an unwavering drive, and a fierce commitment to progress. However, it is inevitable that those who cling to the comfort of the status quo or fear the unknown will try to sabotage such leaders through their words and actions. Like a hidden current beneath the surface, their attempts can be subtle yet powerful enough to disrupt even the most determined leader’s course.

Amidst the myriad of challenges, one profound realization shines through – that thieves only target houses with treasures within. In the same way, being targeted by obstacles and setbacks is a testament to your worth and potential. You attract attention, both good and bad, based on your skills, vision and determination. This serves as a reminder that facing adversity is not a sign of weakness, but a display of inner strength. Each attack, each hurdle, presents an opportunity to reaffirm your goals, to strengthen your resolve, and to rise above the chaos. Just as a phoenix rises from its ashes, you can emerge stronger from any struggle.

Humanity is often driven by its insatiable desire for wealth and material possessions, much like how thieves target houses filled with valuable belongings. This can be seen as a parallel to the biblical story of Jesus’ empty tomb. In this momentous event, we witness an abandoned abode, not in the sense of emptiness or vacancy, but rather as a symbol of the world’s absence of craving for power, control, and truth. Similarly, there are parts of ourselves that society regards as desirable and seeks to claim – our confidence, aspirations, and authenticity. But these treasures are not meant for others to possess. They are sacred and uniquely ours. The empty tomb serves as a poignant reminder that what truly matters cannot be stolen or diminished. It is a testament to the resilience and victory of our core being, which remains untouchable even when the world attempts to rob us of our essence.

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