Theme of the Week: Crushed: When Life Beats You Down
Sunday, October 20, 2013
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Who Said It … Randall Cunningham
Randall Cunningham is a recipient of the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award and was voted to the NFL Pro Bowl four times. During his career in pro sports, he played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings and was the backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. Randall is the author of Lay It Down and pastors Remnant Ministries—a multi-cultural Christian fellowship in Las Vegas.
What he Said … What If?
When I played quarterback in the NFL, I was paid to make quick decisions. I would break the huddle, approach the line, and look at the defense. I had seconds either to run the play [or switch to] one I thought would work better given the defense at that moment.
What happened in those seconds before a play is a lot like life. We head out to work or school and we read the defense. We ask ourselves, What is life going to throw at me today? Then we run our play. We perform in a meeting or begin a new project, and we respond to criticism or praise, taking whatever comes our way.
But sometimes the defense gains the upper hand. We lose our job. We find out our spouse is having an affair. We lose someone we love to cancer.
Getting the snot knocked out of you on the football field or the field of life is a chance to ask yourself, What if I get back up? What if I face my fear? It's that "what if" moment that can define the rest of your life.
Key Study Passage: Jeremiah 17:5-8
Adapted from Lay It Down (Worthy, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, may I cultivate the type of relationship with you that builds my trust in you, so that when bad times come I will turn to you for guidance, comfort, and hope that will never disappoint.
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