Jim Daly


Born
in Alhambra, California, The United States
July 22, 1961

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Jim Daly (born July 22, 1961) is the head of Focus on the Family, an international Christiancommunications ministry based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Daly is also the main host of the Focus on the Family radio program.

Daly grew up in Southern California. He was abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 5, and orphaned by his mother's death from cancer when he was 9. He was then placed in a foster home, initially in Morongo Valley California, until he moved in with his older brothers and then with his father, who eventually turned back to alcohol and died. By the time that Daly was a senior in high school, he was living on his own.

Daly experienced a Christian conversion at 15 while attending a camp run by the Fellowship of Christian Athlet
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“Thanks to our discussion in the last chapter, we can also agree that character is a product of perseverance: “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Rom. 5:3–4). I don’t know how that idea strikes you, but it sounds a little backward to me. I would expect that a person with character would find it easier to persevere through difficult circumstances. That makes sense. But how does perseverance produce character? When I look at the world around me, it seems to me that most things actually decay over time rather than grow stronger. The longer we live in our home, the more I see spots that need a paint touch-up. The longer I drive my car, the more I find I need to take it in for tune-ups and repairs. And the longer I live, the more I realize my body isn’t what it used to be! But maybe this process of perseverance leading to character works differently. Surely God is the X-factor. When you add God to the equation, persistence over time builds up character and strength instead of taking it away. Consider, if you will, the snowball. Left by itself, it doesn’t amount to much. It’s just a little round chunk of white frozen water. Yet place that snowball at the top of a steep hill on a snowy day, and things begin to change. If you invest some time rolling that snowball across the ground so it picks up snow and grows into a larger ball, you begin to create something big and heavy. If you invest even more time and energy (this is where perseverance comes in), you might get that ball rolling down the hill. And the longer it rolls, the faster it goes, the bigger it gets. Now you’ve got something powerful. This is a force to be reckoned with. This is when people start running for cover. Your little snowball suddenly becomes a runaway freight train! I believe that equation of suffering, which produces perseverance, which produces character, works in a similar fashion. Our willingness to trust and rely on the Lord in a time of trouble invites His power to work in our lives. The more we trust and depend on Him, the easier it becomes. As the Lord says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:30). Pretty soon our perseverance enables the Lord to add character to our “snowball”—and the more we persevere, the stronger we grow. We find ourselves rolling downhill toward a godly life. It still might be a bumpy ride, but the size and momentum of our snowball just about guarantees that as long as we are pursuing God’s will for our lives, nothing will stop us.”
Jim Daly, Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength

“I see a great distinction between beaten, bitter, and broken. When we’re beaten, we are in a sense limp and useless. We’re like clay that dissolves at a touch. The potter can’t do anything with us because we don’t hold our shape. But when we’re bitter, we’re like a single piece of clay that’s grown hard and inflexible. We’re equally useless to the potter because we aren’t malleable. The shape we’re in doesn’t do any good to anyone, and the potter can’t mold us into a new and better form. Being broken, however, is a different story. Like Leslie, we may be shattered into pieces, but there is strength in those pieces. When we invite the potter to combine His skill with our strength, little though it might be, He molds us into a new, more useful, and more lasting form—one even stronger than before. The reality is that choosing to move into brokenness sometimes feels impossible. We can be so overwhelmed that we live in defeat for months or even years before we are able to invite God to work with our broken pieces. Sometimes bitterness rules our thoughts and actions, and it takes a lifetime to work out our escape. Sometimes we bounce back and forth or experience all three. Some of us never escape. The good news is that God is always with us: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). He is standing by, always ready to turn on the potter’s wheel and gently mold us into the shape we were meant for, if we can just find the will to give Him the chance.”
Jim Daly, Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength

“Charlie says that “God gives us a choice when we face difficult circumstances.”3 We can choose misery or “we can choose to face our trials with God’s help, knowing that we’ll come out the other side as stronger people for the experience.”4”
Jim Daly, Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength



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