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Winning and Losing
Theme of the week: God's Winning Game Plan
Sunday, February 3, 2013

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Who Said It … Joe Gibbs

Joe Gibbs was the 20th and 26th head coach of the Washington Redskins, leading the team for 12 seasons. In 1991, Joe and his friend Don Meredith launched Joe Gibbs Racing—a NASCAR racing team. He is the author of Game Plan for Life Chalk Talks—a companion devotional to the Game Plan for Life Bible. Check out Joe's website at

What he Said … Winning and Losing

As head coach of the Washington Redskins, I won three Super Bowls. As the owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, I've won three NASCAR Cup championships. Along the way I've learned a lot about what it takes to win. I also know something about losing.

Standing on the sidelines in front of 91,000 fans when a decision I made may have contributed to the Redskins' defeat is tough. Watching one of our cars dominate a 500-mile race only to get taken out by equipment failure is hard to take. In my personal life I haven't always been the perfect husband and dad. To be truthful, many of the most important lessons I've learned have come from failure.

When it comes right down to it, I'm just a regular guy looking for practical solutions to the challenges life throws at me. I believe God gives us the guidance we need in his Word. My hope is that as you read these devotionals, you'll be encouraged to "trust in the LORD with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding" so that he can "make your paths straight" (Prov. 3:5-6, NIV).

Key Study Passage: Psalm 1

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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