No Longer on Top
Theme of the Week: Keep Focused on the Right Things
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "But don't be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you." (John 6:27)
Dig Deeper: John 6:22-29
Toward the end of my college football career, there was a lot of talk about how I was in a good position to be drafted [into] the NFL, maybe even in the first round. That's certainly something I was striving for. But after my injury in the National Championship game, there were concerns about my shoulder holding up over the long haul. Instead of achieving my goal to be a first-round pick, I ended up getting drafted in the third round.
My position in the NFL draft sent a clear message to me: I wasn't the man on top.
More disappointment came when my head coach for the Cleveland Browns told me he wanted my first year to be a "watching and learning year." As the starting quarterback at the University of Texas, I hadn't missed a start for four years. Now I was going to be watching the game from the sidelines.
Here's the principle I learned during that time. God has designed us in such a way that the only thing that can satisfy is [a relationship with] him. If a man is relying on the achievement of his goals to make him happy, content, or fulfilled, he's setting himself up for disappointment.
—Colt McCoy in The Real Win
My Response: What unachieved goal left me feeling disappointed? What did I learn—or could I still learn—through this experience?
Thought to Apply: The daily experience of Christ's love is linked to our obedience to him. It is not that his love is conditioned on our obedience. That would be legalism. But our experience of his love is dependent upon our obedience.—Jerry Bridges (writer, leader in discipleship ministry)
Adapted from The Real Win by Colt McCoy and Matt Carter with Marcus Brotherton (Multnomah, 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, forgive me when I focus more on success than on obedience; impress on my heart that lasting satisfaction only comes from an ever-deepening relationship with you.
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