Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, September 18, 2017

Staying Faithful in the Small Things

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief officer for permission not to defile himself this way. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished then any of the young men who ate the royal food.” (Daniel 1: 8,15)

One of the biggest questions people ask about athletes transitioning from college to the pros is how they will handle the newfound fame and money. What impact will the celebrity status have on them? Are they still the same person or has fame changed them?

When Dak Prescott went from a rookie drafted in the fourth round to starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the span of only a few months last season, the adjustment was as big, if not bigger, off the field than it was on the field. Prescott’s ability to manage all the noise around him and keep his life as close as possible to what it was before Tony Romo’s injury were major reasons for his immediate success in the NFL.

When Daniel went into the king’s service, he didn’t let anything stain his relationship with God. Every decision Daniel made was based on wanting to follow God and God rewarded his faithfulness. Daniel and his three friends were healthier than everybody else, and God gave them knowledge and understanding too!

We need to make sure that in every aspect of our lives, we are trying to put God first, not just the big stuff. We can hurt our relationship with God with the small choices we make every day if we’re not careful.   

Let’s try to stay faithful to God in everything we do!

Joshua Doering, Sports Spectrum Reader

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