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Purpose and Passion
Theme of the week: God's Winning Game Plan
Thursday, February 7, 2013

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Key Bible Verses: And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2) Dig Deeper: Hebrews 11:1-12:2

Kyle Busch, the driver of our number 18 M&M's-sponsored car, is a fierce competitor with extraordinary talent. Kyle has a focus and passion for winning that I've rarely witnessed in my dealings with pro athletes.

You and I need that kind of focus and purpose in the game of life. What's our purpose? We want to be on the winning team—God's team—when the clock stops ticking. To me, that means we need to experience the power of Christ's resurrection in our own lives and share it with others: "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14, NIV). Jesus is not only our salvation, but he is also the example God the Father gave us after whom to model our lives.

I will never be perfect like Jesus, but if I know my purpose, I will strive to follow his example. I often fall short of the mark, but I'm committed to trying my best until the day comes for me to be with the Lord. As believers, once we are clear on our primary purpose in life, everything falls into line.

—Joe Gibbs in Game Plan for Life Chalk Talks

My Response: How would I state my primary purpose? How am I doing at living out my primary purpose? Is my primary purpose in sync with the life goal found in Philippians 3:13-14?

Thought to Apply: Unless the distant goals of meaning, greatness, and destiny are addressed, we can't make an intelligent decision about tomorrow morning—much less set a strategy for a company or a human life.—Peter Koestenbaum (philosopher)

Adapted from Game Plan for Life Chalk Talks (Zondervan, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Father in heaven, forgive me for those times I don’t trust you and your perfect plan for my life; through this week’s readings show me one step I need to take to strengthen my walk with you.

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